The last week of September marks a special anniversary for me. It all started back in high school. I was a senior and caught the eye and attention of a cute little sophomore. We passed notes back and forth. We started dating and spending hours on the telephone. After my graduation, I immediately entered the US Air Force. This rising high school junior came all the way to San Antonio, Texas to visit me while I was in boot camp. Our telephone conversations were now long distant calls that were greatly shortened for financial reasons. However, we continued to write letters regularly. The letter writing continued as I was moved farther and farther away.
In short order this young lady graduated from my girlfriend to my fiancée. Eventually I was sent to Southeast Asia on my first of two overseas tours of duty. When granted a one month leave I came home in September 1969 and tied the knot – real tight apparently. She worked full time in the Providence Hospital business office, while I attended USC. Upon my graduation, she became a “stay at home” full time mom. Through the years she has helped around the accounting office as a bookkeeping specialist. The number of her community and church volunteer hours is insurmountable and still growing.
This special lady has loved, honored and cherished her CPA husband now for 41 years. She has blessed me with two wonderful children. “Grandmommy” is her favorite nickname. Yellow roses are her favorite flower. Lasagna is her favorite meal to fix. Home made jellies and fresh peach cobbler overflow from her kitchen. Her words of correction are always counted as wisdom.
Simply, but Biblically put, “Her worth is above rubies”. I thank God for bringing her into my life and continuing to allow me to return her love.
Blogger: Charles ‘Eddie’ Brown, CPA