On January 3rd 1969 I met Mary for the first time. I had just started a new job working security in a hospital and she was a Nurses Aid.
As I encountered her for the first time that day, while being taken on a tour of the hospital, Mary's "Southern" style of a smile just captured my heart. I just could not take my eyes off of her.
We both worked the second shift and within a short time we were going out after work to an all night White Coffee Pot restaurant. All we did was just talk, drink coffee and slowly be drawn to each other.
Before we knew it we were falling in love.
In February we became engaged and we were married on March 9th, 1969; sixty five days after we first met, "fifty" years ago today.
We have no regrets and no wondering if we did the right thing by getting married so quickly. Actually, we are more in love with each other now than ever before.
We only wish that these past fifty years had not gone by so fast.
I love you, Mary, with all my heart. Your southern style "Laudie" smile still holds me tight and I never want for you to ever let me go...