MY LIFE WAS CHANGED 45 YEARS AGO TODAY.
Almost 46 years ago as a young man, I moved to California to teach. It took me one week to find a young lady who stole my heart.
As I was moving to California, my brother and his wife were expecting a baby, so I called daily for an update. I did not have my phone installed, so I had to use a pay phone. At the end of the week I found out that I was an uncle. On the same day my phone was installed. I asked the installer where I could go to celebrate becoming an uncle. He told me a couple of nightclubs in town.
I decided to go to one called, The Yum Yum Room.
It had a live band and a lot of people. I stood along the wall looking the crowd over and I spotted a young lady that took my eye. I watched her for hours as she sat with a guy and another couple. From time to time a guy would approach her and ask for a dance and she turned everyone down.
I was not the kind of person that liked to try something that appeared it had a low chance of success. But, I was attracted to this young lady. Finally, I walked over and asked her to dance. She smiled and said yes. I was floored. She said yes!!.
Later, Maurine, told me she had seen me come in and was attracted to me. That was the start of a wonderful journey with a wonderful woman.
Maurine has been the greatest supporter of my efforts to help others as I serve them. She knows that my hours can be unpredictable and she does not worry what I am doing, she knows I am working.
Maurine is my sounding board for ideas I come up with to improve my business. She helps me think it through.
When I have a struggle, Maurine is there with encouragement, and support.
My life was changed 45 years ago today, because I met a wonderful woman who said YES. Yes, I will dance with you and Yes, I will marry you.
I am so glad and thankful, I moved to California.
I thank the phone installer for sending me to the right place.
All these events tell me that our marriage was meant to be.
Now if you will excuse me, I am off to celebrate with the woman who changed my life 45 years ago today.