My wonderful family is what came from our 43 years together. It was a wonderful and difficult beginning and there were bad times but we made it. We actually grew up together in a way. He was there the day this was taken..I felt him next to me. I know he is happy that I have gone on and and learned to live again. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
The first time I ever saw him I was walkig across the quad to the school bus. I just stopped and stared at him. I thought he was the most beautiful boy I had ever seen and I still do. I believe in love at first sight because... it happened to me. I now know how lucky I was to have experienced it as I think it is fairly rare. A friend brought him to the school bus window when I asked who he was. It was nearing graduation and he would be joining the Marine Corp. We were introduced through window and the bus pulled away.
A few days later I saw him on the football field at lunch time. He put his arm around me for a picture someone was taking (how I would love to have that picture now) and quietly whispered "one day we will be married and have seven kids." I didn't reply but I remember how I blushed. We saw each other the rest of the school year, had our first real date alone on his graduation night. I remember we went to dinner and to a movie. He kissed me and said "Will you marry me?" I said "yes. Yes I will" and we turned and watched the movie. Shortly after that he left for boot camp. And...we did get married when he returned from Korea and we did have seven children! We were married for 43 years. I lost him on December 15, 1997 at 3:30 in the morning. I miss him. I always will. He was my heart and soul.