So Mark went back to New Mexico, I stayed at home until March while everything got re-arranged. The USAF moves kinda like molasses, so they finally got our stuff moved and I finally went out there. It was a big deal to me, as I had only lived at home my entire life and moving from the Greater Cincinnati area to Alamogordo, New Mexico was like moving from earth to the moon. The anchor store in the mall was K-Mart. But life in NM is a whole other story that I don’t have time for here.
We have had some down times, but honestly, I have to say that our life has been mostly up. We are still, after all this time, best friends. We’d rather be with each other than not. We still have fun together and we still like each other, which from what I can tell from looking around is HUGE. We still talk to each other, about everything. We don’t keep secrets and if something is bothering one or the other of us, we talk about it BEFORE it becomes a problem. He thinks of me before he does anything. He even checks with me before he arranges work trips to make sure it is convenient for me and the family. He is a good husband and a good father. It is wonderful to know that my children and I are his first consideration. It is a blessing to have a husband whose first interest is my happiness and comfort. I will never understand how I got so lucky.
As far as the parents go, the Dads are both gone, but my Dad considered Mark a son and taught him how to build stuff and fix cars and plumbing. Mark’s Dad considered me a daughter and was always good to me and always made sure that my mother-in-law kept Fig Newtons in the house for me. For a year after he died, they tasted like sawdust and I couldn’t eat them. Almost two years later, they once in a while taste like Newtons. I’ve pretty much switched to Vanilla Oreos at their house though. The Figs will never be the same.
The Moms are still here. My mom is suffering from some flavor of dementia. The specific type is really not all that important as it is six of one, half a dozen of another. But I CAN say that she always considered Mark a son and once she got over the shock of my defiance, she let it all go and things have been fine. In the last couple of years, since my Dad is gone, she likes Mark better than me and that is ok. My mother-in-law treats me like a daughter. She helps me quilt and we laugh together and talk regularly. She knows now, that I’m a good girl and I always was. She realizes that I make her son happy and we have the same kind of relationship that she and Grandpa had. We are good friends and it makes me happy.
We have two beautiful, smart children that make our lives complete. Without them, I don’t think either of us would be able to breathe. They are the greatest blessing that God has ever decided to grace us with.
I wrote all this down, because a friend of mine asked me where I found him and are there any more of him running around. I found him when I wasn’t looking, at the mall. In a bunny suit. Two years younger than me, getting ready to leave for the Air Force. Improbable on every single front, but we made the right choice. In spite of everyone’s doubts and best efforts, we did it anyway and have never looked back. The old wives tale is true. Happy is the bride the sun shines on. Thanks for reading all this peeps 🙂