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A Love Story

Today Mom passed away. My folks were married 62 years. As a tribute to Mom and Dad I want to share the story of how they met, in their words.

Mom’s version: “In the summer of 1946, I was on my way to Okmulgee, OK to stay with a sister who was expecting a baby. I changed buses at Kansas City, in the middle of the night. As I stumbled half awake in the new bus, I saw 2 empty seats, across the aisle from each other. One was by an elderly gentleman, one was by a sailor. All day I had ridden by an elderly gentleman, who talked my ear off! I made a beeline for the sailor, figured he would sleep, he did until the morning then we visited. The courtship started then, the next stop he bought a ticket to come to Oklahoma. I was surprised. In Oklahoma my sister and brother-in-law met us. I introduced him to them. Margaret said we must hurry as she had dinner waiting. I told her the he was coming with me! the next day he had to hitchhike to the naval station. He used up all his money coming to Oklahoma. He came back once to visit, then after his discharge came to ND to see me! A courtship by mail! We married two years later.”

Dad’s version: “I had been home on leave from the navy base in Louisiana. I lacked funds for a bus ticket all the way back, so I hitchhiked during the day and rode the bus at night. I hitchhiked as far as Kansas City and got a ticket to Ft. Smith AK, planning on to hitchhike from there on. I had already boarded the bus and was napping. Someone asked if the seat beside me was taken and I woke long enough to say “no.” The next day I discovered a nice young lady sitting beside me. She asked me what I was reading and thus started talking. By the time we reached Joplin I decided to convert the remainder of my ticket and accompany her to OK. I stayed overnight there but needed to get back to the base, so went on the next morning. We started writing and continued till I got out of the navy and courted by mail.”

Thus began a romance that lasted 62 years. It ended like it started Mom and Dad sitting side by side, eyes only for one another. “Place me like a seal over your heart, like a seal on your arm; for love is as strong as death, its jealousy unyielding as the grave. It burns like blazing fire, like a mighty flame. Many waters cannot quench love; rivers cannot wash it away. If one were to give all the wealth of his house for love, it would be utterly scorned.” Song of Songs 8;6-7 NIV

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