Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Still Counting

Today's my wedding anniversary.
Thirty-one years ago, I said yes to the man who I would eventually share not only the mountaintops but the valleys as well.
We met in the most unlikely of places--a redneck bar called the "Bucket of Blood." I was finishing college and he had just been discharged from the Marine Corps. My mother had warned me about these places but oh the wonder of youth.
I enjoyed listening and dancing to any bands my friends and I could get to within a decent driving radius. That night, I'd convinced my sisters and a friend to stop there to listen to some old rock and roll.
He didn't ask me to dance. He swept my younger sister across the crowded dance floor while I trailed behind his lanky friend.
The following Saturday night, I made sure when I saw him pass by my table--he'd notice me. I'm still surprised he did. When he pulled me to floor and never left my side the rest of the evening, I knew I'd found the one.
He promised he'd call me for a real date. The next day--I broke off with the man I'd been dating for two years and waited for that call.
Two weeks later--he kept his promise.
After a whirlwind three months, he offered me his heart and a marriage proposal.
Six months later, I walked into the arms of a man who has never let me go. And I thank God each day for him.


Joanne said...

So you're a rock & roller at heart! This is a sweet story, sweet memory, and you're still dancing together. Happy anniversary, best wishes!

Karen said...


What a great way to start my morning and especially when romance probably bloomed around my vicinity! Today the sun is shining and we are taking the drive to Laceyville and Tunk. I can think of you and your anniversary! Have a wonderful day!
(I'm REALLY glad he called!)

AnooCre8ion said...

What a beautiful story. I absolutely love it. Congratulations to you and your wonderful husband of 31 years.

Praying for you that your counter goes on and on and on and on.


Angie Ledbetter said...

Good grief! I met my husband in a little hole-in-the-wall bar too, but over 2 decades ago. He asked my twin sister to dance first...then when he came back to the table, he asked if I wanted to dance again, and I told him I hadn't danced with him yet. Funny/fun times. And he still sings in my ear when we dance since he's cut a few C&W records himself. ;)

Janna Qualman said...

Bucket of Blood? Ew.

Happy Anniversary! Congrats on all the years, and may you be blessed with many more.

Rachel Eggum Cinader said...

Happy Anniversary! I hope you are having as much fun today as you did dancing!

Stonefox (otherwise known as Heidi) said...

What a beautiful story, even better because its true! Happy anniversary and congratulations on such a long and sweet marriage!

Ann said...

Happy Anniversary, Terri!