Wednesday, November 21, 2012

The Punch Line

Do you remember how it was back in the day, no not that far back just back to how different you were when you and your significant other first met?
Cindy and I were a fun loving couple, there were five kids between us so we blended ourselves a family, and it was a magical time, you could almost hear background music it was so good.

Till the one day when the lady met this fellow
And they knew it was much more than a hunch,
That this group would somehow form a family.
That's the way we all became the…
Well that wasn’t exactly the song, but we made it work, the kids actually got tired of our dating arrangement so Melissa (the daughter) suggested “Why don’t you two move in together or get married, because we are really tired of running back and forth between your houses”

“Set a date, set a date,” my Sister continued to tell us, so just to make everyone happy we began planning a wedding, actually it was our idea but we let the rest think it was because of them.

Then came the wedding, all the kids were involved in the ceremony, everything went really well in spite of my oldest son and Cindy’s daughter vowing they could not touch each other while walking down the aisle, Melissa was on crutches because she had tripped and sprained her ankle the day before, this did not help the no touching situation.
Randy walked down the aisle with Cindy, he is her oldest son and proudly took on the responsibility of giving her away, and she was gripping his arm so hard that his hand turned blue.

The preacher told Cindy that if she felt faint she could slightly bend her knees and it would help, while she was being escorted down the aisle I could see a look of fear on her face, I tried to make her smile, not thinking that I was in fact standing in front of the whole church.

I start bending my knees and mouthing “bend your knees, bend your knees” Cindy laughed the rest of the way down the aisle, the grip on Randy’s arm made him more apt to give her away, simply to get released from her grip.
And speaking of grips, she sure had one on the cake when she accidentally shoved it into my face, who started it is still the question, but I say I know the answer.

The Honeymoon was in Santa Fe, NM and we had a great time, this was back in the day when Cindy still listened to every word I said.

During supper at a fancy restaurant, Cindy was listening to me ramble on about all sorts of things, she got a refill on her tea and asked for a packet of sugar, I had one in my hand that had caught my eye because it was different, I had been reading the package while we were talking.

I handed it to her and told her to try this one; she glanced at it and asked, “What is this?” I proceeded to tell her the story about where it had come from and all the history behind it, the date it was introduced and everything else I could remember.

She looked at me and said, "Wow how did you know all of that?" I just read the package I told her, she popped off "I thought you were smart there for a minute", I think that’s the last time she completely listened to any of my stories without waiting for a punch line.
The kids are all grown now and we are actually Grandparents, Cindy and I still sit and talk, we have been together long enough that most days she knows what I am going to say before I ever open my mouth.

I still read and tell her about things I find interesting, my attempts at trying to sound brilliant do not fool her, she says that she hears every word but now knows when a punch line is coming.

What does all of this have to do with Thanksgiving you ask, I am thankful for each and every experience we have shared and I thank God for allowing me such a great wife and family.

Enjoy your day with your Friends and Family; tell them how much you love them, and Thank The Good Lord for your blessings, and to each of you from Cindy and I.

Happy Thanksgiving!

30 comments:

  1. LOVE that newest photo!!! (I think I've seen the other ones and I KNOW I've seen the first one and love it, too)

    Happy Thanksgiving, Jimmy & Cindy!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Ms. A, Yes I know you have seen all but the last one before, I kind of took a stroll back and grabbed a few I liked :)

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  2. Do you have a daughter named Marsha...Marsha...Marsha?

    Nice story, congratulations on a great family.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hey Joe, I guess we could call Melissa by the name of Marsha...Marsha...Marsha, she does look like a Marsha Ha Ha

      Thank You Sir and a Happy Thanksgiving to you to my Friend.

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  3. Enjoyed looking at all the pictures from your wedding and your family! It is neat after all the years you still enjoy talking to each other and she still enjoys waiting for the punch line, knowing it will be there!! Lots of blessings you and Cindy both have indeed!! May Thanksgiving be a great day tomorrow!

    betty

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    1. Hi Betty, Thank You so much I feel that we are indeed blessed, I wish you and yours a Wonderful Thanksgiving too my Friend.

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  4. This was very sweet! :) You and Cindy are two very lucky people!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank You Rachael, I do appreciate you, Happy Thanksgiving I hope your day is great.

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  5. It looks like a perfect redneck wedding to me. Stud made me fly to Kissimmee, Florida for our wedding, KNOWING I had never flown before, and hated Florida. I kicked and screamed the entire flight.

    My gut said to run in the other direction at warp speed. My thoughts were "If he's this inconsiderate now, how will he be AFTERWARD." But I made it. Didn't think I would. And ten years later, he MOVED me to Florida.

    And now? Eleven years of the happiest in my life. He pushed me to do the very things I had sworn I never would.

    It just goes to show you that, sometimes, your worst fears don't happen after all.

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    1. Amen, Sometimes we end up exactly where we said we never would, but if you are with someone you Love then the location really doesn't matter, You and Stud make a wonderful couple.

      Happy Thanksgiving my Friend.

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  6. I'm so glad you two found each other; I feel the same way about my wife and soul mate. I hope you have a peaceful and joyous Thanksgiving. Take care, and eat a piece of pie for me.

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    1. Hey Stephen, It does feel good to know you are truly with the one you should be, from reading you I know that you and Mrs. C are well suited for each other and are in Love.

      A Happy Thanksgiving to the both of you my friend, tomorrow I will most likely splurge on a piece of pie and smile knowing you gave me permission :)

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  7. I love your story - you and Cindy seem to be perfect for each other! A happy Thanksgiving to both of you.

    Dave and I got married on Thanksgiving day. However, since Thanksgiving day always varies, there is no quick trick to always remembering our anniversary.

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    1. I am proud you enjoyed it my Friend, we wish a Happy Thanksgiving to you and Dave also.

      Just think since you got married on Thanksgiving you really can celebrate your Anniversary on both Thanksgiving and the actual date too :)

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  8. sometimes the planets align and it all works out! Our 39th is on Saturday...so many thankful hearts here. Have a lovely Thanksgiving.

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    1. Yes Joanne you are so right, sometimes it does all work out and that is a blessing my Friend.

      Happy 39th on Saturday.

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  9. Aaw that's a lovely story. I love to hear about happy marriages and all the happy-ever-afters. Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and Cindy and all the family.

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    1. Thank You Valerie, and a Happy Thanksgiving to you also :)

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  10. That was the best punch line ever, Jimmy. Here's wishing for you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving. :)

    S

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    1. Thank You Sir, Sometimes the punch lines do work out well :)

      Happy Thanksgiving my Friend.

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  11. Ah, Jimmy. What a wonderful story! Loved it, the pictures, and the true affection that comes out in your writing.

    Hope and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Hey Betty,

      I am honored by the kind words you have shared, and I hope your Thanksgiving Day was the best.

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  12. What a nice background-of-Jimmy story! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Happy Thanksgiving Abby, Sometimes we have to share a little background to be Thankful for what we have :)

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  13. I love this post!! So fun to see all your pictures. For some reason, I didn't realize you had been married this long. Jimmy, I enjoy your stories so much and even though I don't know you or Cindy, I just know you are both salt of the Earth. Have a wonderful weekend together.

    But I have to ask about what was on that church wall behind the pulpit? Looks like some sort of 1970s back drop!

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    1. Hey Bijoux, I like to think we are down to earth people because anything more just makes me nervous :) The background I remember as being bright and I do recall the word God and John 3:16 being on it, the rest of what was there I don't recall, going back through my pictures I didn't find one to tell me anymore than that, but yet that day the backdrop was not a main concern of mine Ha Ha

      Thank You my Friend I am proud to have had you stick with us as long as you have :)

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  14. Delighted to hear you have found your soul-mate.

    I wish you many more decades of happiness, my friend.

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    1. Thank You Bryan, I appreciate you Sir

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  15. I thank The Good Lord every night for MY WIFE. Seems I'm not the only one! Good for you!

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    1. Thank You Jim, I am thankful for my wife a whole lot more than she realizes.

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