Fifty two years ago today, Don and I were married in the First Baptist Church here in Childress. I guess the preacher tied a pretty good knot as it is still holding. It has been a fairly even ride, with some bumps in the road, some coasting and some "hair spray and a match" bouts. Our anniversaries are always just another day in the life........... There are some things I would have done differently, in fact a lot of things. I often wonder how many of the marriages today will end up being 50 year anniversaries.
We have the four most wonderful children and they have given us the ONLY grandkids in the world.LOL Vestal Goodman has a song that says, I wouldn't take nothing for my journey now, and I guess that is the way I feel about the last 52 years.
Our celebration today was a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for me and a TV dinner for Don. Our first rule in marriage was that I would do ALL the housework and laundry and he would let me.
"lIFE IS EASIER THAN YOU THINK------ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS THIS:
ACCEPT THE IMPOSSIBLE, DO WITHOUT THE INDISPENSABLE, BEAR THE INTOLERABLE AND BE ABLE TO SMILE AT ANYTHING."
I am sure by now all of you have heard about the horrific fire in Wheeler, Tx. If you read the Amarillo paper and listened to the TV stations, then you have probably heard the name Tammy and Bret Moore. She is my neice's daughter, thus my great neice. They lost everything they had except the clothes on their back. Their son, Braden had made a cross in shop class and it still stands in the front yard. A gentle reminder of the One who is watching over us. We are saddened by their loss, but oh so grateful for their safety. They were at a track meet in Canadian and when they were called to come back, but couldn't get into Wheeler because of the closed roads. Can you imagine the feeling when they did get to their place and saw nothing of their house but the foundation. Three nice vehicles demolished and the kids 4-H show goats and all the home videos............too many to list. But they can replace the house,furniture, cars, clothes, out buildings, even the goats, but will have to rely on their memory for the events that were recorded of their family. My sister, Neva, (Tammy's grandmother ) is in the rest home in Wheeler and they were unable to evacuate them because of the heavy smoke and wind. She has emphasemia and certainly could not stand the smoke. She is safe and took it well. She always has great attitude and blooms where she's planted.
When Tammy's house is rebuilt, they can start recording, again, new memories, the old ones forever embedded in their minds and hearts. Please, people be thankful for all your blessings. Tammy and Bret were spared their lives and their pain will ease. All the things that money can't buy are the only important ones anyway.
And remember "The best things in life..............are not things."
I am a mother, grandmother and great-grand mother. How much luckier can you get than that. Family means the world to me and comes second only to God. I enjoy getting to stay home, but also enjoy working at my shoe store some.