Chess game 1924, St Petersburg, Russia using real Human soldiers and horses.
Once a person told me they did not know how long they could continue in their marriage. They were upset. My standard answer to that is, I don’t know how you guys are together, but the problems Sherry and I have had have been 99% my fault. I am not saying that to be cool, self-serving or as a martyr. It is the truth, and I know it.
Men are stupid at times, probably more so than women. I DO NOT KNOW THAT FOR A FACT. There are exceptions, I have met a few women I could not have lived with. I say that with a ‘little’ authority, I once headed a section with 26 women and 3 men.
We have walked and talked so many times. Solving VERY SERIOUS and small family problems. We did not always fix the problem, but learned to live with something we could not change. Once we realized we needed a support group, the problem was too big, so we agreed.
A sweet younger stranger once stopped us and said, "Lovers holding hands, this is a Hallmark Moment."
At present, there are some minor problems, nothing life bothering. As we walked a day or so ago, Sherry says to me, “We live a simple life, I am amazed that others cannot.”
I know she was talking about our present life. Such things as clothes and cars. Neither require Steak and Lobster in our diet, but we do like it. I could live off cornbread and sweet milk (southern term vs butter milk). I could also have cornbread and buttermilk and NEVER gripe. My girl likes pinto beans and cornbread. To add variety, salmon patties and cabbage.
We both can make meals simply of tomato sandwiches. i.e. mayo bread and tomato. We add ham at times, but we enjoy life. Our special ‘eat-out’ is 'usually' veggie pizza, Sherry declares Pizza Hut makes the best, so we usually eat theirs.
I did laugh (as we continued on our walk) “You do mean a simple life now, right? Because like it or not sweetheart, your life, Since we married, has never been simple.”
We both laughed. Walking is now, and has been for years, Darnell therapy. We never solve the world’s problems, but we sure discuss ours. I think we both credit our long marriage to being able to talk. Strained at times, but being able to talk. I know I have 'never'(smile) said it here, but I am blessed with the GEM of the world.
In our late 60's, I was surprised when she said, "Let's walk the Appalachian Trail."
I don't know why I was surprised, but I was. Just a few days later, I said "lead on" and over the next few years we walked about 2000 miles. (Yeah sweetie, your life has been simple, simply crazy!)
('That Girl' on the peak of Blood Mountain!)
(Bud that one is hard for me to handle)