Most of you know the story of ME, what other story IS there to know? Few of you know the story of how my Mom and Dad met.
It is a story of fate, belief, trust, hope, risk, courage, guts, you get the idea! Settle down with a cup of catnip tea, put your paws up and I will tell you.
Back in 2000, Mom's Dad, who lived in Florida at the time and is no longer with us became quite ill. Mom's brother also lived in Florida and Mom and her brother decided to purchase computers to keep in touch via AOL which was all the rage back then. Mom purchased her computer on April 20, 2000.
On April 29, 2000 Mom was hopping from chat room to chat room which was ALSO the rage back then, when she received an IM from TeacherLenny. He liked her screen name, can't share it with you, but trust me, it was like bees and honey MOL. Dad was smart enough to interpret Mom's screen name in another way, which touched on Mom's passion for words, debate and Rhetoric (which was her major in college).
The two hit it off, they chatted for at least two hours! No surprise to many of you with Mom's inability to write briefly or speak in a brief manner. The problem was, as my Dad so tactfully put it, Mom was "GUD" which translates to GEOGRAPHICALLY UNDESIRABLE. Mom was in Ohio and Dad was living in Michigan.
Mom knew in her heart that she was supposed to be with Dad and no amount of discouragement from him and trust me there was PLENTY, could keep Mom from acting upon what she knew in her heart would be. Mom is one determined cuss and when she sets her mind on something that she believes in, and has a passion for, there is no stopping her. To Mom, the word "No" NEVER means "no"...it is just an obstacle, a temporary road-block if you will, and when Mom wants something she will work with dogged (sorry kitties), determination until her dreams become reality.
Mom had sent a resume to a company in Michigan who was hiring and felt that if she were meant to be in Michigan she would get the job. You got it! Mom got the job and not only did she get it, but the kind company PAID Mom's moving expenses to bring her to Michigan. Showing how everything in life is "timing", Mom lost that job due to downsizing 9 months later, but it served as an important vehicle, pun not intended, to bring her to Michigan.
Since this post is already too long, I won't bore you with the rest of the sordid details of their courtship, but, Mom was the epitome of someone who knew that they had to follow their gut, listen to their heart, take a risk (by giving up her newspaper job after having had it for 21 and a half years!), leaving her friends and the city she grew up in and loved. She moved to Michigan where she knew NO ONE but Dad, and Dad and she were NOT a couple AT ALL when she first moved here!
Now, here we are, celebrating their SIXTH wedding anniversary!!! Who'd a thunk it? Certainly NOT Dad! MOL! But Mom? She knew where she should be all along, and that place was in Michigan, spending her life with DAD!!!
Now if you will excuse me, I must go and practice giving Mom the "back of disrespect" after having the nerve to leave me for a few days while she cavorted at BlogPaws in Salt Lake City, Utah. OR NOT...as many of you already know!!!