I call her a 'Trophy Wife". Congratulations60 years ago my wife and I began a journey....together.
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We spent three days in Ocean Springs, MS, but mostly we just goofed off and ate. Flounder, Shrimp, Gumbo, Crabs, and she is seen above with a dozen "Char Grilled" Oysters. Yup, she ate every one of them. It's interesting to note that our meal cost $60.99 + tip. When we got married 60 years ago in 1963, my weekly income was $60.50.
Below is a recollection of our "beginning" on March 29, 1963:
Just as a sorta introduction to my early life, I left home in July '61 at age 17 never to live at home again. There was not a problem except my folks could not afford to support me anymore so I had to learn to fend for myself. I went to work for Southern Bell Telephone Company in October, '62, but when your pay is only $60 per week, you have no money. This redneck was one broke dude, but I had a job.
We met on the CB radio around the 1st of January, '63 and somehow found out that her birthday was January 13th. No way could I ask her out before her birthday because then I would have to buy her a birthday present. Did I mention that I had no money Anyway, I probably made myself a nuisance around her place. Heck, they had food, so sometimes I got invited for supper.
We continued to see each other until toward the end of March when her Dad decided that he had seen enough of me. My instructions were to not come back. She called me at work Monday morning and we decided over the phone to get married that Friday, the 29th of March. That week we gathered birth certificates, blood tests, and whatever else that we thought we needed to prove our age and get married. Mississippi's marriage laws were too strict, so we decided to hop over to Alabama.
I picked her up from her work Friday morning and away we went in a 1959 Pink Edsel Convertible. I had been living in a rooming house and had no apartment, so my friend Frank, agreed to find us a place before we got back Saturday afternoon. Since my parents had never met her, we would go there Saturday morning for an introduction. Everything went off as planned. We got back to Jackson, found Frank who took us to our apartment, and the rest is kinda history. Ten months later we were parents. The first piece of mail that arrived after we got married came on Wednesday. It was a bounced $10 check from the city of Jackson for the water deposit.
Did I mention that I was broke and had no money??
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