But on their next date they drove from Carthage to Kosciusko to get a Coke.
Then there was a ring in tiny box under car seat and my daddy said to my mama -
If I bought you a ring would you wear it?
That was over fifty years ago.
To be quite honest, I've been praying my daddy would live to see this 50th anniversary celebration my sisters and I had to keep secret because they didn't want a fuss.
That he would live to see fifty years with his Tot.
And God is good.
It could only stay a secret for so long - 'cause Mama would have been angry with us if she had not been given an opportunity to have her hair done.
So we celebrated my mama and my daddy.
We celebrated obstacles and hurts and happiness and crazy life and near death and years of barely getting by that they conquered to stand aged and worn and tired and beautiful together.
To my darlins and lovely nieces and nephews -
Grandma and Petepa have not always had an easy time of it - as most couples can say after fifty years - life has given them some hard blows and challenging times. But they are together now to see and hear the beautiful and hilarious HeeHaw tribute from all of you because they never gave up on each other and their love. They fought to obey God's word and stay together.
And their prayer for each of you is that you find the same happiness and have the same strength to bear life with only one person by your side.
Our family is on a near impossible streak, and to be honest again it would be a miracle for all thirteen of you to not have one broken marriage that cannot be humanly repaired.
But miracles happen every day.
Giving your grandparents up one day will be hard for each of you. But on the day that you gave them the beautiful gift of laughter and honor -
you can know that each of you have made them proud and created for them a legacy of love.
All of you have made the long drive from Carthage to Kosciusko to get a Coke so much more than just worthwhile.
Happy Anniversary Mama and Daddy, James and Martha, Pete and Tee-Texas-Tot.
I love you.
We all love you.