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Old 02-18-2014, 11:21 AM   #1
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A little announcement

I wrote this for a tractor board but it was pretty well recieved there so I thought I would repost it here.

"In The Fullness Of Time"
My mother used to say that to me when I'd ask too often when were we going to the fair or when I could have a box of .22 shells.
I learned if she said that she was tired of being bugged about it and it was best to leave it alone.
When I was older and had read Galatians a few times I began to understand it meant when the time was right. And not before.
Many times I asked God for a wife.
I knew other good women but never the right one.
I figured maybe the time would never be right so at last I quit asking.
I met this woman 25 years ago. She was the manager at an apartment company where I did maintenance for a couple of years.
We got along great. But she was married.
We kept in touch a little over the years. I did some remodeling for her and her husband and we had some peripheral friends.
I hadn't heard from her much in the last few years till last winter she called and asked if I could fix her slow draining bathtub.
That's when I learned that her husband had died.
I charged her breakfast for the job.
And then we started dating.
Not long after, I asked her if or when she could marry again maybe she would consider someone like me.
She just smiled. But the mist in her eyes told me what I wanted to hear.
10 whirlwind months of meeting her people and she mine.
Holding hands and picnics and weekends.
Selling my best tractor to buy her a ring.
The joy of her consoling proximity.
She's 57 and I'm 60. Yet the goofy, tongue tied, hesitant ways a pretty girl can make a guy act are still there as if you were 20.
Yesterday we had a simple ceremony in front of a judge, three of her friends and three of mine.
And we made our vows.
My first time.
I waited a long time for this.
Wondered if it had all passed me by.
I could go on. But it's a tractor board after all.
I've finally learned what my mother meant by 'in the fullness of time'.
And something too about a fullness of heart.

Jerry & Ruth


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Old 02-18-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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A very heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing. May you have many wonderful
years together.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:37 AM   #3
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Now that just made my day! Thanks for sharing. Great photo.
Congrats to you both. May you have a happy life together.

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:49 AM   #4
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Congratulations and best wishes!
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:38 PM   #5
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What a beautiful and heartfelt story!

Congratulations and best wishes to you both.

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Old 02-18-2014, 12:40 PM   #6
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Old 02-18-2014, 12:42 PM   #7
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Congrats, that is very sweet. may you have many happy years ahead of you

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Old 02-18-2014, 01:12 PM   #8
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Nice! So... does Ruth camp???
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Old 02-18-2014, 01:55 PM   #9
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You sold a tractor!!!!!!!! I hope you never regret that? It must have been a SOB as I just don't think anything can replace a Massey?

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"LOVE and LOSS, are two of the greatest emotions one can experience. -- I went to school to learn about "WHAT GOES UP MUST COME DOWN" but I had to live my life to learn the lesson of: 'WITH LOVE THERE WILL BE SORROW'."
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:05 PM   #10
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Great post and wonderful story! Congratulations!

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Old 02-18-2014, 02:07 PM   #11
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I love that story! Congratulations to you both, and happy trails!
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:36 PM   #12
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What a beautiful beautiful story, and good on you for sharing it!! The world would be a very dark place if not for people like you willing to share the wonderful moments of our lives. Im quite sure you two will be very very happy together. My wife and i share a similar story of years of waiting till the timing was right.
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Old 02-18-2014, 02:48 PM   #13
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Can't tell you how happy I am that you and Ruth have found each other. I hope you have a long and joyful marriage.
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Old 02-18-2014, 03:36 PM   #14
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Congrats to you both! What a great story...Thanks for sharing part of yourselves with us.

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