I remember 35 years ago. Let me back up a few days from Feb. 12th 1975 and tell you a story...a true story.
Patti and I was married on Feb. 14th 1975. I know what you're thinking, how romantic married on Valentines Day. Actually I knew I would never forget that all important date, oh yeah and romantic too. About a week or so before the day scheduled as "wedding day" I had to make a very difficult call to Patti. My track record with her to this point had been less than good. That's another story for another time.
I called and informed her at the then really tender age of 22 I had contracted chicken pox from my brother Glenn. She immediately began to cry and said if I didn't want to marry her to just man up and say so. You'd really need to know just how bad my track record with her had been to understand her reaction.
I later found out it is somewhat uncommon for an adult to contract this dreaded childhood virus. I also know why children need to experience chicken pox and not adults. I thought I was dying. I had the blister like outbreak on my eyelids, in my mouth and almost every other square inch of my then much slimmer body.
After I proved my love for her by keeping our wedding date by showing my face in public. She proved her love for me by not openly laughing at me. I say that because by our wedding day I looked like a speckled pup. We said our I do's and I ran for cover. She was upset, (and still is sometime), because there are really no "official" pictures of our wedding but she looked so beautiful and I, well shall we say, I didn't look so good.
Tonight as she sits in front of a fireplace with the Great Smokey Mountains as a backdrop she is more beautiful today than she was 35 years ago, and me still not so hot. If it is possible I love her more today than I did way back then. I was sure that our young love could never grow.
She has been the best wife, companion and lover a man could ever hope for. Patti has given us two great sons and "the boys" have given us 5 biological and 4 foster grandchildren. If I died today I have known and experienced love greater than I ever deserved.
35 years ago I was not trying to get out of marrying Patti, I just didn't want her to be ashamed of my speckled complexion. I still want her to see me without spots but now in my character and my love for her.
With All My Love,
PS: please overlook the grammatical errors Patti didn't proof read this post.