After reading the blog that I wrote about our 45th wedding anniversary Saturday, Earl, my husband, said that he also had a few things to say about our “younger years,” so today I have a Guest Blogger—my sweetie, the one and only William Earl Timmons.
It is truly a miracle that we have celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary--as Sandra and others have stated. (And, yes, I am truly convinced that God DOES have a sense of humor.) I believe that the Bible verse goes something like: “Blessed are they who wait upon the Lord.” In my awkward (among many other words I could use) way, I have waited and have been truly blessed with a sweet marriage, a wonderful lady to call my wife, lover, and best friend. She has been my wife and lover for 45 years and has become my best friend. I have also been blessed with a great family—two daughters that I dearly love who are both Godly women and great mothers of our four cherished grandchildren; two great sons-in-law; and a dog. I really came to realize the fullness of my being blessed after Sandra was diagnosed with cancer. I thank God regularly for the sweet marriage and relationship that my sweetheart and I now have.
Now—how about THE NIGHT I RAN? When Sandra and I were still working out being newlyweds, having the rough edges knocked off so that we could one day enjoy 45 years, we lived in Lake Charles, LA, and I was teaching school. One night during that time, Sandra and I were having one of many spats, and I got tired of the fussing, verbal fighting, and decided that I had had enough. I WALKED OUT one night! Literally! I WAS LEAVING, AND I DID! After all, I was a college graduate, knocking down college-graduate money (teaching school in La!) As a single college graduate, I could have a lot of females literally chasing me. I would not have to be fussing and fighting all the time. I could live in the fast lane. I could be my own man! YEAH! Well, just as I was thinking that, it didn’t take long: I had my first female chasing me, and I was only a few blocks from the house, and it was at night! Just as I had pictured it! However, that female was a female SKUNK with babies. I can assure you that she did not have love on her mind! She was, without a doubt, chasing me, but I was running away.
After my first female had stopped chasing me, I realized that I was a number of blocks away from our house—on foot! I was leaving ON FOOT! I realized that being on foot was not the best way to find women, and with the salary that I was making, I definitely could not move into a cool bachelor’s pad, nor could I afford a car note. Even if I were to end up with the car that we had, it was not exactly a suave bachelor’s ride. It was a tan, four-door sedan NASH RAMBLER! Not even a HARDTOP!
Well, I came to my senses and WALKED back home, tired and sweaty. I did what I should have done before I left (and had my first female chase me). I came back to my bride, apologized, and hoped that she would again start being my sweetheart--Nash Rambler, and all. I am so grateful; she did just that then and many, many more times. I guess it just goes to prove that if God put us together, He can give us 45 years and, hopefully, many more that will continue to be even sweeter than the past 45 years.
The Blessed Skunk Runner