Thirty Six years ago today, when I was 19 years old,
I married the man of my dreams.
My life began when I met him, a few years earlier.
It's a funny story, perhaps a little long, so read if you like...
don't feel like you have to.
I have never "told" the story here before
and I thought today would be the perfect day to do that.
I was 15 years old when I got my job at Burger Chef.
I had been working for years, babysitting,
cleaning hotel rooms at the shore...
it was just another job and a way to make a little cash.
My manager was a skinny guy with red hair,
his pants were stapled together where they needed to be sewn.
He was a hard worker and a little bossy.
I was surprised that he was a manager as I was older then he.
He was nice, but a little too serious for me.
Burger Chef closed at 9 p.m. and most nights I worked till closing, so did he.
We started talking, well, I started talking and he started listening.
When he started talking I realized he was interesting and funny...
different then the boys I would usually date and I really liked him.
And let's face it, he needed someone to sew his pants.
So, I asked him out on a date, and he said no.
I was pretty surprised.
I asked him out several times after that, the answer was always the same.
My senior prom was coming up, I was dating John...
he was o.k. but I liked my manager better.
I asked him to take me to my prom and he said, no.
No...I was a confident girl and I couldn't really believe it
He wouldn't budge so I went to my prom with John.
Before we went to the prom, there was one stop I wanted to make...
Burger Chef, so the love of my life, who was working that night
could see me in my prom dress.
He was not impressed nor jealous.
I broke up with John...he was nice but he wasn't Chuck
and I wanted to date Chuck.
I don't remember how long it took after that
but he finally asked me out on a date.
He borrowed his sister's car and we drove down to the inlet in
Point Pleasant and did what we always did...
we talked for hours.
I fell in love that night and 2 years later on Christmas Eve
he asked me to marry him...I said YES!
"Long story even longer, my life began when I met you.
You love me like no one else ever has,
you saved me, you protected me, I am whole because of you."
You are the air in my lungs and I will adore you until the day we die.
Pooh said it best when he said,
"If you live to be 100,
I want to live to be 100 minus one day,