What Have I Missed?


It’s three o’clock in the morning, and I can’t sleep. There is nothing unusual about that, except this time I’m thinking about Garry and what he’s facing on Tuesday. Open heart surgery is a scary thing. Just the thought of being on life support for at least eight hours is unimaginable. To get my mind off the surgery, I started thinking about the past forty two years together. Everyone always asks me because I got married at sixteen, have I ever felt cheated of my teenage and early adult life experiences .Cheated? Oh my no, my life has been so rich and full I wouldn’t want to change a thing.

Yes I dropped out of high school after my freshman year. I missed the prom, graduation, school dances, and dating. I also missed drinking until I passed out, drugs, and the possibility of teenage pregnancy. My husband encouraged me to go to night school and I received my GED. When I was 27 I joined the Air Force. I was in the top 98% of my class, and was awarded the Air Force basic training honor graduate ribbon. In the military I worked in accounting and finance, and earned almost enough credits for an associate’s degree.

I was 17 when Lorrie was born and almost 19 when Larry came along. I didn’t have a clue on how to be a parent. All I did know was I loved my babies unconditionally and would do anything to protect them. Later in life we were blessed to have Rick come into our family. From these three amazing children came eight even more amazing grandchildren. Then the fun really began. Love, love, love, those grandchildren.

We became empty nesters by the time I was 37. We missed having the kids with us, but have enjoyed the opportunities that being alone have given us. Our current passion is traveling to places we have never been to, and San Antonio to see the kids.

As you can see I have and continue to have a very blessed life. Garry is my rock. Without his encouragement and support I wouldn’t have accomplished anything. He has always been there to tell me I am a strong woman and can do whatever I put my mind to.

I know Garry will come out of this surgery just fine. I hope I can be as supportive and strong as he would be for me. We have many more years ahead, and I don’t want us to miss a thing together.

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3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Terri Sonoda
    Jan 27, 2012 @ 16:52:57

    Oh, my dearest friend, I know everything is going to be ok and our Garry will be fine! My heart is with you both. You are in my thoughts every day. I am so thankful to have known you both for over 30 years now and have cherished our friendship. You and Garry are joined at the hip….the perfect couple. Your love for each other is timeless. Even though I am not there in person, please know I am with you both in spirit and in love. Always, my friend!
    Terri
    XOXOs

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  2. Grandma Kc
    Jan 28, 2012 @ 01:41:03

    Doesn’t sound like you have missed a thing! I hope you have at least another 42 years together!

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