Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Chick and Louise a Love Story – Part 2

Today Chick is a bit cranky, wanting to talk with the person in charge about the quality of the food.  Another lunch of mashed potatoes and ground beef with gravy is not appealing to his spoiled pallet.  Louise has always cooked such delectable meals that this “slop” is getting on his last nerve.  Louise is equally disgusted with the meals that do not even come close to comparing to her lovingly prepared spreads; however she knows that no amount of squawking on Chick’s part will change the menu.  As Louise attempts to take him out of the cafeteria to relax, Chick slams his feet down in protest so that the wheel chair stops dead.   Eventually a nurse has to intervene and move Chick out of the door way, despite his protest so that the rest of the residents are able to exit the cafeteria.

Although it was a rough start to the couple’s visiting time together today, they quickly fall into relaxation mode with Chick resting in his chair and Louise gently holding his hand by his side.  While visiting, they reminisce a bit and remember a time shortly after they were married that Chick recorded a song onto a record.  The song, “Yours and Mine” first sung by Guy Lombardo quickly comes back to them:

Just a home with morning glories,
like you read about in stories;
And we’ll call it yours and mine.
Where the flowers extend their greetings,
Where the bluebirds hold their meetings;
We’ll call it yours and mine.

When the sun gets up, then we’ll get up;
 and I’ll help you cook.
Then when you sit down, I’ll sit down 
in our breakfast nook.
Then between your chair and my chair
 maybe there will be a high chair;
And we’ll call it yours and mine.

As they recall the song and the time back when, they laugh together.  Sixty-five years of marriage yields many fond memories that can easily remove the frustration of poorly prepared lunches.  The silence that followed the laughter was full of warmth from their smiles as they held hands just knowing they are together at this moment and for now that is good enough.

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. (James 1:12 ESV)

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