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Stranger on the Shore

Friday, June 28, 2013

Stranger on the Shore
Today, June 28, Diane and I have been married 38 years. Where does the time go?

We met at an inland lake boat ramp. I had driven a farm pickup milk truck all day and was dressed appropriately. (And probably smelled like a cow barn.) I stopped at the ramp on my way home to check out the ramp for launching my sailboat. Two girls approached in a boat. I said “Can I catch you?” One replied “At what?” I helped them load their boat on a trailer and they left. I found out later they lived 100 miles away and were staying at a friends house. Also, if I had arrived 5 minutes before or after we never would have met. Must have been fate.

The next weekend I saw them again. Both of the girls were very nice but one was more talkative. I felt comfortable with her from the start. Maybe it was the blond hair? Maybe it was the pigtails? Anyway I asked her for her phone number. Her friend told her later “He will never call.” But I did. Two months later I proposed to her! “Stranger on the Shore” is our wedding song.

I wrote a blog in 2010 titled “How to Dance in the Rain.” It chokes me up to read it but that is how I feel towards her. She is my Honey.

We have been blessed with 2 wonderful adopted kids of which we are very proud. We both had medical issues that prevented us from conceiving a child so adoption was the next best alternative. Ironically my daughter is a social worker at the same agency that we got her from.

Diane has had more medical problems than anyone should have. The doctor found cancer in her about 25 years ago. A hysterectomy got rid of it and it has not come back (YAY!) however, the radiation “fried” her insides eventually making her totally incontinent. A 13 hour operation to create a new bladder and plumb it out into a bag was done followed by 4 months of rehab. I learned how to change her dressings and take care of her. It is what you do for your loved one. As a result she calls me her Angel.

Throughout all of her ordeals Diane has never lost her smile or good outlook on life. She is always happy and positive. I am blessed to have her.

Thank you all for your well wishes on our anniversary.
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