Category: Family

Throwback: Engagement

This post was originally posted on November 26, 2004.

I am engaged! For those of you who would like to know how it happened. You can read below! 🙂

First, I picked her up for a date. We had planned on celebrating our nine month anniversary by going to P. F. Changs, one of her favorite restaurants, and Starbucks, one of our favorite places to go. Well, I picked her up for our date, which is something she never lets me do since we live so far apart. Since it was our anniversary we were going to exchange gifts. She gave me mine, which was a DVD set with the original Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer show like the one shown on CBS every Christmas, and I told her that I was going to be giving her a series of gifts. Later on, I told her that her gifts were all “keys.”

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Throwback: A Night We Will Never Forget

This post was originally posted November 4, 2004.

September 20, 2004, will go down in the history of my life as a night that I will never forget. It was on that night Sarah and I went out to eat at The Melting Pot.


Photo Credit: Melting Pot

It was one of the nicest restaurants I have ever been to in my life. Upon our arrival we had to use the restroom, so before going to our table we both went to the restroom. After doing our business we proceeded to wash our hands. Unbeknownst to each other we both took a paper napkin. This was no normal paper napkin used to wipe water from one’s hands. This was one of the thickest and soft paper napkins I had ever touched. Well, knowing how expensive the restaurant was I put an unused napkin in my pocket as a souvenir. I walked out of the men’s room at the same time Sarah left the ladies room and almost immediately we both said, “Those were nice paper napkins.” And then we both said, “I took one as a souvenir.” It was hilariously funny.

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Ma’am, Are You Over Eighteen?

An interesting event of love took place on June 25, 1940. During the summer of 1940 two people, who were madly in love with each other, decided to get married at their county courthouse in Cleveland, Mississippi. He was the poor son of a farmer, and her father did not want them to marry. But as love would prevail the two were married 66 years ago.

In 1940, couples were not allowed to marry unless both individuals were eighteen years of age or older. If either one of the two were less than eighteen years of age, parental consent was required before the two could be married. These two love birds had a problem. She was seventeen and her birthday was the following day–June 26. Being so in love the two could not wait another second to be married.

In order to keep from lying when the couple arrived at the courthouse, the young lady did something rather clever. Knowing she would be asked whether or not she was over eighteen, she placed a piece of paper with the number “18” written on it in the bottom of her shoe. Standing over it, being asked if she were over eighteen, and answering it affirmatively was, technically, not a lie. So, the young couple was married on the day before her eighteenth birthday.

To this couple were born eight children and one hundred grandchildren and great-grandchildren. I am proud to say that I am a result of this union. These two people were my grandparents–Frank and Effie Willett. Their fifth child is my mother–Jane Sue Fenimore.

This is one of the many stories I heard growing up in the Bootheel of Missouri. It was a story that brought me closer to my grandparents and brought a little bit of humor to our lives as a family. It makes me smile, so I thought I would share the story with you.

Coincidently, 65 years later in 2005, my wife and I were married on June 25.

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