I was captivated by the lady at my side. The one I was asked to take to the party. Absolutely captivated.
My job was a seven day a week gig delivering newspapers. roughly 2,000 papers a night. Double that on Sundays. So I had to escort her back to her friends and pick up my daughter.
Later that evening, when I showed up to deliver papers to the lady that I had wanted to date forever, I asked for a phone number.
Give you a hint here. It wasn’t for the lady I had wanted to date forever. It was for my date to the Christmas party.
I was so afraid to call her. So I asked a friend to make the first call for me. Yep you guessed it. I asked the lady I was delivering papers to if she would make the first call. Sadly, I don’t remember more than her first name.
She made the call and the rest is history.
My date for the Christmas party became my intended. We were engaged three weeks later. Got married that summer. Had our fist child 18 months later.
Why is this important?
Besides giving insight into my life this is meant to also introduce the importance of family.
After the birth of our daughter, my second, our first, I was laid off from my job in construction. So I started taking courses at the community college in our town.
At one point in my second year, my bride asked me a very important question about my priorities.
“What is the most important thing in your life?” she asked.