Below is something I wrote in Oct of 2014.
The picture was taken last year at our grandson’s (Seth & Natalia) wedding in Atlanta,GA. Barb is is the middle/ as you look at the picture Jill our oldest daughter is on the right. Stephanie is on your left. Stephanie–grew up with our family in N.J she was/is kinda like another daughter. Since I wrote this I have added another car, a 1955 Thunderbird. This July 25th. 2016 will be our 51st wedding anniversary.
(P.S–if you ever get yourself into a conversation and agree to granite counter-tops you best talk a bit. )
Just some thoughts:
SPEAK THE OBVIOUS
I wrote my wife a note the other day.
Often I will find a song I like and make a one or two song cd for her. Then I place it in the seat of her car for her to listen to as she leaves our house on Monday mornings for her volunteer position with a local outreach. Today I wrote a note instead of a cd. Maybe we think they know our feelings, tell them. What we think is the obvious, speak it.
There are many things I have appreciated about my wife in the fifty years we will have been married come July of 2015. One of them is her acceptance of my interest in old cars. Over the past ten years I have had a 1964 Mustang coup, a 1965 Mustang convertible (red), a 1992 Corvette, a 1962 Corvette. Currently I have a 1965 Corvette convertible and a 1973 Mercedes convertible. Now that is just my old cars. Also I’ve had a number of what I consider my personal cars, all convertibles.
The note… One day this past week as I was driving my Corvette back from the golf course, I got to thinking about her and my interest in old cars. Later I wrote her a note telling her how much I have appreciated her acceptance and tolerance of my interest, money spent etc. on this hobby over the years. Although it is true that in most cases I have not lost money on these vehicles and if sold today the two cars I currently have would sell for more than their purchase cost. But that is not the point; she has never been contentious or difficult about my pursuit of cars. Tis’ true that once I called her and shared the thought that I would like to make yet another car purchase; she was okay with such, but she did add, “You get the Corvette, I get new counter (granite) tops.” The lady does know how to negotiate, she got the granite counter tops. (Boy, I had no idea how expensive they can be). So I wrote her a note and told her the obvious and a thank you from me was in order. You know, sometimes we just take too much for granted and make assumptions that; “Well, she/ he already knows.” Maybe even with this being true, speaking the obvious is sometimes in order.
“Son, there’s nothing in the world meaner than a quarrelsome woman.”
(If Love Were Oil I’d Be About A Quart Low–Lewis Grizzard)
She has not been difficult regarding my interest in old cars and that says a great deal about who she is.
“Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife”
I am thankful I have never had to live on a roof or with a quarrelsome woman.
October 8, 2014