Today is a really special day at cordell’s. We are celebrating fifteen (15) years. Not the store, but Joy and I. Fifteen years ago today, we said “I do.” I know what you are thinking, “I did not know that 10 year olds were allowed to marry?” Well, we were very mature for our age and plus we knew a guy.
You see, way back in the summer of ’94 (kind of like the Summer of ’69, but without the sweet Bryan Adams soundtrack); we came from different sides of the tracks. She was sophisticated and I was, well….a guy. She was a Cooper Cougar and I was a Wylie Bulldog. But love knew no boundaries and we were destined to be together. Mix Cooper’s red and blue and you make Wylie’s purple. Sixties pop music was the soundtrack to our lives.
Okay, that is a little too Nora Ephron.
The truth is, I was a soon to be Senior at Wylie and she was a soon to be Junior at Cooper and we met at church. I called her on my break from work one day to ask her out, but she had to babysit. BURN!!! At least it wasn’t; “I have to wash my hair”. However, she quickly offered a different day and said yes. Our first date was a double date to see the Lion King and eat at Chili’s on August 26, 1994. Yes, the first time Lion King was in the theaters, not the most recent re-release or the musical, the original. Also, vampires were mean; they attacked people and did not keep diaries. But I digress. We dated through high school and into college.
Fast forward to July 12, 1997 at 2:00 in the afternoon; she walked down the aisle and said “I do”. By the way, she really did say “I do”, we have witnesses. That day began a 15 year journey. We have had ups and downs, but mainly ups and have been blessed beyond what we deserve. Despite my amazing charisma and charm, she has stood by my side and as she says; “we make a pretty good team.”
A little over 14 months ago, we embarked on a new phase of our life and I am excited to see where it leads. If it is anything like the past 15 years, it will be one great ride.
Today we celebrate 15 years. Feel free to stop by and congratulate Joy or offer your condolences, whichever seems more appropriate.
Until next time….