Forty years ago at the age of 21 years and 3 days old I married my first and only serious girlfriend. Kathy was only 19 and willing to marry a poor Idaho boy who was in the Army during Viet Nam.
We stuffed our meager belongings into our diminuative Datsun pickup and coaxed it all the way to Fort Riley Kansas from North Idaho.
Our marriage survived not only living the army life but also me teaching Kathy to drive that straight stick Datsun.
On one occasion while jerking our way up a hill in Manhattan Kansas a police officer stopped us. Driving 25 miles an hour below the limit and having no cars following us I was perplexed about why we were stopped.
We soon discovered that a woman and man driving a truck fitting the same description of our truck had escaped from a Kansas mental institution. I have always wondered if that was really the truth or if it was a not so subtle way the officer was commenting on our driving.
Kathy tempered her quick wit and the officer let up proceed after checking our identification. We had a good laugh and continued our driving lesson.
Forty year later I look back at that event and countless others with a certain delight. You see I am married to a woman that makes life fun to live. Her most intriguing quality may be the genuine delight she expresses over common pleasures. Kathy has never lost that child like excitement that exudes in the lives of the very young.
The pleasure Kathy brings me just watching her with our grandchildren is priceless. Wearing an apron on her back and playing super Grammie, planning very simple Friday adventures and just letting Caroline play with water while Sam "fights fires" brings countless smiles.
The forty years of marriage have not been always easy or without grief. What they have always been though is unwavering. I have known since the first day that Kathy was totally committed to me and I have worked at being totally committed to her.
I want to thank God, Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit for never letting us go and always being there to encourage and lift us up. I want to thank my dad for teaching me how to love and care for a woman. I want to thank the men and woman that have prayed for us, walked with us through the easy and the difficult times of our lives, and I want to thank our children for honoring us and letting us be an important part of their lives.
Yes - I am crazy about that women!
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