Tuesday, August 7, 2012

I've won the gold

I haven't watched the olympics but I've read some of the news on the internet.  There are always many heroic stories about folks who beat the odds or had challenges we couldn't even imagine facing.  Many of the athletes leave their families for months or years to train just to find their dreams.  Most of us can't even grasp what a gymnast or sprinter or whatever..... experiences when they stand on that pedastal as someone places a medal around their neck. 

Let me tell you a story of a simple girl who didn't face any unusual challenges any other average girl didn't face.  She grew up in a normal household with a loving family, never ventured too far until she met a man.   A man who gave her all she could ask for.

He invites her to move to St. Louis.  What else can she say but yes, as this handsome man hypnotizes her with his gentleness and captivating way.  She's already lost.

Could he be just as captivated?  "Let's quit our jobs and move to NC....and later, VA", the girl says.

"Sure", this unusual man says.

"I want to learn to play guitar", she says. 

"Go 'head, you'll be great", he says.

"May I raise goats?", she asks the generous man who didn't grow up with animals. 

"Sure, the milk will be great", says he.  "You want more goats?  Chickens? Donkeys?, Okay, we'll have a farm we never knew we could dream of".

James and I met 25 years ago today, 8/7/87.  I may not have faced the challenges the olympic hopefuls have or have trained like they did, but I'm just as thrilled as if I've had a gold medal draped around my neck. 


  1. Well, it sounds simple and easy the way you put it, but staying with that guy deserves a gold medal. And for 25 years? Sheesh, to quote his sister. Honestly, 25 years on vacation has been more than he ever could have expected that weekend that began it all.

  2. I have tears in my eyes as I'm reading this. You guys are awesome! Miss you!
    L. Julian

  3. You both "done good" as they say here in WV

  4. Awwww...You guys are too cute. Get a room!! :) Hee hee.

  5. What a sweet post! Happy 25th Anniversary to you both - and many more to come!

  6. mary pannabecker steinerAugust 18, 2012 at 2:16 PM

    Sheesh. We did so have animals...dogs, cats, rabbits, and chickens. James must have forgotten to tell you about them. Personally, I think you both won the gold.