When he first saw her, she was standing with some friends. The Springfield church was having a special dinner on Wednesday night and many had brought guests. The youth group was going to a haunted house after the dinner and this drew many teenagers.
He had ridden in from the college he attended with their youth minister. He noticed that there was a different girl. After being introduced by mutual friends, he moved on to talk to others. In the line at the haunted house they began talking. He was studying vocabulary cards that he had in his pocket. There was a test the following day and he had told himself he could go, if he took the cards and studied while they were waiting.
By the time their group was ready to enter the house they were holding hands. He remembered having met her once before, but she was talking to her boyfriend on the phone. There apparently was no longer a boyfriend to worry about.
The evening was a success and he decided he wanted to see her again, but no one answered the phone when he tried calling the next week. After learning that she had been in the hospital, he and the pastor decided to visit her there, but met her on the road. She had just been released and welcomed a ride home.
She has been his wife for 37 years now. Three children and eight grandchildren have only intensified their love. This anniversary will be celebrated with a quiet dinner at home. Quiet is usually what their house is unless all the grandchildren come all at once. Love isn’t measured by the years as much as by the number of times they have shared 1-4-3.