I really thought I would be long in the grave by now. BUT away back in time. A boy, who thought he was full grown, with a salary of $78 a month proposed marriage to the most beautiful girl in the world. Since she was an older woman of 18 I was not sure of the answer. She must have had a bad day because she said YES! So at about 7:30 on a Saturday September 22, 1956 Justice of the Peace Nunn pronounced us MAN and WIFE. I said “YES SIR”, vs “I do. and my girl answered the same.
The USMC took $41 from my monthly pay and added $50 and sent her a check for $91 making her the bread winner in the family. LOL
Truthfully we were both scared on the one night honeymoon. We were both completely ignorant about sex.
Our first home was a 26’ trailer in Geiger Trailer Park, $42 a month including utilities.
Our first family car. '50 Chevy
Why do I love this girl so much? As an ignorant 17 yr old I promised a lot. She humored me and waited thru my wild years to get the things I promised. Upon discharge Sherry worked in a hosiery mill and it took me 9 weeks (while we lived with my parents) to find a minimum paying job, It took me three days to realize,”This ain’t for me.”
I quit in a week and joined the USAF. Again starting at the bottom of the ladder. She followed me to Mississippi & Missouri and gave us two sons. Never complained.
“Honey, I think I am called to preach.” I announced. We pastored two small churches and organized one. It was growing when I quit. It is a very good church now. She did the preacher’s wife stuff and never complained.
This is going to be too long so I will shorten it. I left the ministry and joined the USN (at the bottom again). She NEVER complained.
When My mama needed care My girl quit a good job in DC and returned home to care for her. NEVER COMPLAINED.
I did retire from the USN and tried a couple jobs and businesses. She worked to keep our heads above water. Finally I became a General contractor and was successful. Then and only then did my promises as a 17 year old start to come to fruition. She lived in three beautiful homes built especially with her in mind. She even helped roof one of them. One had an indoor heated pool.
Working together we have been successful. Suffered thru bad times. Once to fix a car we borrowed $60 from the bank for 6 months, then later to owning 6 homes. God and my girl have been good to me. Both have over looked my wildness and ignorance knowing I really did mean well.
Along with all that she was a mother and worked for the Army creating a career herself.
I could never tell how much she means to me and her family. She is THE BEST, the sweetest and the MOST BEAUTIFUL woman in the world.
When you read this Darling, I just want you to know you are my life and have given me bragging rights for 63 years today. I love you more than words can tell.
PS: Roughly we have lived at 20 addresses, 6
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