I’m learning to never say never
Published: Thursday, June 5th, 2014
It was a dark day for Charley and I when our youngest son, Joshua, left home for Bowling Green, Ohio. It was Dec. 24, 1997. He had met a girl on the internet and said he was in love with her and wanted to be with her.
He had spent one year in college at McCook, Neb., with the intent of going into graphic design and journalism. He had already taken college classes in art and writing while in high school and had gotten A’s in both subjects. Nevertheless, when he moved to Ohio, he worked in the food service industry for 16 years, which I suppose is reasonable since he likes food and is a great cook.
He and Kate were married 10 years ago under the trees in our yard just outside of Custer on a perfect July day. The reception was held on our deck with a full moon shining down on them.
Unlike our other two sons, Jason and Jonathan, Joshua and Kate never gave us any grandchildren. Instead, they raised cats — five at one time, but now “only” four. They are their “children.” The only problem with that is that Charley is allergic to cats.
Whenever anyone asks us about grandchildren, Charley and I are always quick to say that we have four: two from Jason and two from Jonathan, but Joshua and Kate will never have children. They have cats instead.
When Joshua and Kate joined us in Florida in early April, they informed us that they are indeed expecting a baby in December. Everyone was surprised — not the least, Joshua and Kate!
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