Twenty seven years ago, a rather secret wedding ceremony was held
and two become one.
It began five months earlier, on a blind date.
I only agreed to the blind date in order to maintain family harmony.
He only agreed to the date because a First Year Associate does not tell a Partner that he does not want to go on a date with said partner's sister-in-law.
It was suppose to be just a quick Saturday night outing to a Dallas Mavericks basketball game.
Yet, after the game came dinner.
The conversation came easily, as did the laughs.
So, why not also stop by a local club for a little music?
When the club closed, we sat in front of my apartment continuing the conversation into wee hours of the morning.
Afterwards, not a day went by that we were not in touch.
The conversations were not always in person. They were often by phone. He from his downtown office as a young attorney. I from my office as a paralegal with another large downtown firm.
Then, there were the long distance conversations between Memphis and Dallas.
He was called home, as his mother underwent a double mastectomy and began chemotherapy.
We both had been married before.
We each already had the large formal weddings.
We knew that was not what made a marriage.
We also knew that his mother's condition prevented her from traveling and participating.
So, we told no one except my parents and his mother.
The night before, we requested my sister and brother-in-law meet us at Highland Park Methodist Church to witness our vows.
It was probably the only time we ever knew both of them to be speechless!
Little did they know that my mother's visit was not by accident.
She and my niece were our only guests, as Daddy was away on one of his train trips.
Thick cream colored envelopes, holding our wedding announcements, were deposited at the post office as we headed toward the airport and a honeymoon in London and Paris.
We have been told that jaws dropped as mail was received over the following days!
A few weeks after our return, my mother-in-law was able to join us
for a celebratory reception at the Melrose Hotel with family, friends and colleagues.
A little later in the summer, she would honor us with a dinner dance at the Memphis Country Club.
So it began, our life together.
You're still the one that makes me laugh.
Still the one that's my better half.
We're still having fun, and you're still the one.
You're still the one that makes me strong.
Still the one I want to take along.
We're still having fun and you're still the one.
Changing, our love is going gold.
Even though we grow old, it grows new.
You're still the one.
**My second eye surgery, originally scheduled for today, has been postponed until
Friday, July 16.**