Friday, April 21, 2017

How I Met Your Father--Lenora Worth

For the next few Fridays, some of the Ladies are going to share about how they met their significant others. We are writing these in a fun way. Kind of like a love story ...... . Here's mine:


"Can Lenora come out and play?"

She stared at the blue eyed boy standing on the other side of the screen door, her heart jumping and bumping in the same way it did when she used to ride her rocky horse. Only she was older now, six years old and in first grade. She'd heard about this one though.

His grandparents lived right across the hedge from the little cottage her sister and brother-in-law rented. The grandparents actually owned this little house. And she got to spend the night with her older sister a lot--in town. It was always fun but now, things had gotten really interesting.

He was cute, snaggle-teeth and all. And he wanted to play with her.

"Ya'll want to get in the pool?" Her sister motioned to the round bright blue kiddie pool she'd bought just so Lenora could have some fun and cool off while wearing her frilly pink bikini.

"Yes," Lenora said, determination overtaking caution.

Soon, she and Don were out in the pool, frolicking and enjoying popsicles. Popscicles were easy to eat in the pool. She could wash off the sticky melted stuff and dive right back to having fun with Don.


That was the best summer ever. They played in the pool and on the porch and even at his grandparent's house. But then he had to move away and she went back to being a boring farm girl.

He came back in middle-school and tried to throw Lenora in the big public pool, but when he found out she wasn't a swimmer, he became her protector and wouldn't let anyone else throw her in. Her hero.  But he left yet again, the Army brat.

Then he showed up in high school and she looked up to see him walking across campus, the fall leaves parting as he crashed over them in worn jeans and a gold-colored corduroy jacket.

Lenora turned to her best friend. "That's the man I'm gonna marry."

This time, he stayed and they've been playing together for forty-two years and have two grown children. And he is still her protector and her hero.


32 comments:

Jean C. Gordon said...

I love it, Lenora. A little teary eyed here.

Lenora said...

I got a little teary-eyed myself! So much more to the story but that's for another day!

Debby Giusti said...

I didn't know Don was an Army Brat! I am too!!! God bless our military!

Love the story! Thanks for sharing!!!

Merrillee said...

Lenora, such a sweet story and so interesting that you met your love when you were only 6 years old.

Margaret Daley said...

Love how you two met.

Cate Nolan said...

Was there ever any doubt you were born for this career? I adore this story, Lenora. #wipes eyes

Meghan Carver said...

How sweet! I love stories where one turns to a friend and says, "I'm going to marry him/her."

pol said...

Lenora that was so cute and how did you know he would be such a "Hunk" when he grew up? I think you picked well,thanks for sharing.
Is the story "true"?

Lenora said...

Thanks, everyone. There is a lot more to the story of course. Such as when the charge card bill arrives and he shouts, "Lenora!!!" And some tossing of hair and stomping of feet, since he can be such a diva at times!!! We've had good and bad times, as we all do, but we've stuck it out! The odds were against us, but overall, the odds have been in our favor!

Pol, he had such big blue eyes and still does. And long lashes and perfect eyebrows. How could I not fall for him?

Donna Gartshore said...

I love forever love stories. No wonder you're so good at writing them!

Danica Favorite said...

Aw, you guys are too cute! I love you and Don together!

Deb Kastner said...

What a lovely story and cute pictures!

Leigh Bale said...

Well, I want to see a picture of you in that pink frilly bikini and splashing around in that blue kiddie pool. I'll bet you and Don were such cutie-patooties. :)

Lenora said...

Ha, alas, no pictures that I know of. And no more pink bikinis!!! I keep remembering things. How we sat down together after we both showed up for the Yearbook staff. I actually wrote copy for that yearbook! While he mostly flirted with everyone! We eloped, so we don't have wedding pictures. But we have life pictures. He loves to take pictures and not always my best shot!

Myra Johnson said...

So sweet, Lenora! Love the photos!

Janet Lee Barton said...

Love this story! True love from the start!

Terri Reed said...

That brought tears to my eyes! Such a great love story.

Pamela Tracy said...

I highly recommend marrying a man named "Don." It worked for me too LOL
Great story

Lenora said...

I know a lot of good Dons! I'm also in love with Don Henley from the Eagles. And my Don knows that!

Mary Lawson said...

😍 Such a sweet story. Hallmark material.

Janet Dean said...

He's a cutie! As are you, Lenora! I love how God kept bringing him back into your life! So how did your parents react to you two eloping?

Janet

Arlene James said...

What a sweet story and sweet ending for a genuine sweetheart.

Lenora said...

Not so well, Janet. But they got over it!! We had some struggles but we just kept at it!!

Trixi said...

Awwww....a real love story!! How fun that he kept coming back :-) Congrats on 42 years!

Lenora said...

Thank you, Arlene!!

Lenora said...

Thank you.

BelleC said...

Love the pics and the sweet story. Aah for true love.

Jennifer said...

Such an awesome story of your lives Lenora ! Congratulations on being married 42 years!

Leann Harris said...

Those first loves get you in the heart. What a wonderful story.

pailofpearls said...

the sweetest ❤️

Stephanie Sullivan said...

42 years?? But you don't look a day over 30! I'm not just saying that either. You really don't. Such a beautiful love story. Thank you for sharing, Lenora!

Lenora said...

Thank you!