How did they find me?

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As I strolled along the ancient paths through the city, I could see the imprints in the stones of those who walked before me. The vines climbed the walls and the shutters banged hard against the walls from the wind. This town was founded in 1268 under the rule of Alfons von Kastilien of the House of Burgundy who would come to see his mistress in the dead of night and lay with her.

The court will convene tomorrow to finalize my lineage so I can take the throne on my 21st birthday. I still wonder how they tracked me down.

This is my entry for Friday Fictioneers for June 28, 2017 hosted by our lovely Rochelle Wisoff-Fields. It is a wonderful challenge. Please follow the link below to give it a try!! 🙂 

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You bet your ass I jumped!! :-P

Yep! I jumped out of a perfectly good airplane and YEP! I loved it and I will do it again! It’s been a long time since I did it the last time, but it is one of those events in one’s life that marks time. It has been 27 years since the last time I went skydiving. My daughter was only 2 at the time and my hubby thought I would do it once and have it out of my system. Nope… I did it 3 times and would have kept doing it but he said he did not want to be the single dad of a toddler and asked me not to jump again, so I didn’t. 🙂

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I have always talked about it though and recommended it to a lot of people. When I turned 50, I started talking about going again and this time I had full support from hubby! Then a friend sent me a text last week and said she wanted to go! So naturally I made plans and we went!! What a wonderful experience! Better than any ride at Six Flags, Disney World or Universal!

The most common excuse I have heard is “I’m afraid of heights!” Ok, I get that. I’m not, but strange as it may sound, you never feel like you are falling.

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The hardest part is opening the door and jumping out without passing out. However, if you are strapped to a tandem pilot, you kind of have no choice. But once you are out, the feeling is incredible. Even with the ground 10,000 feet below, you never feel like you are falling. The wind is in your face at about 120 MPH which is the same sensation as being on the back of a motorcycle going 120 MPH until the shute opens.

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Even then, there is peacefulness as you are coming down. You are floating to the ground and then you just stand up. It really IS that simple!!!

I had no fear! I trusted my pilot and had complete confidence in his ability. My guy.. Marcus has about 7000 jumps under his belt and jumps on average 10 times a day. It is a wonderful feeling and I can’t wait to do it again!

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I KNOW!! I’m crazy!! But you know what???? This is what I will say at the end of my life!
“I, I did it all
I owned every second that this world could give
I saw so many places, the things that I did
With every broken bone, I swear I lived!”

 

“Independence” Day?? I think not…..

Today’s Observation:

YAH! Independence Day! Right?? The 4th of July represents a few things in this family. The least of which is my wedding anniversary. We have been married 27 years and still counting 🙂

My husband always says he wanted to get married today because it is “independence” day….and I always say “How’s that working out for ya?” We laugh about it! But the reality is we got married on this day because schedules worked out that way to get family here and have time for a few days honeymoon before we had to return to work and school. We had been dating for almost a year but decided Memorial Day weekend to get married on the 4th of July. Since it was a short amount of time, we had a small ceremony with only close family and a few friends. I was able to get both my parents to Texas in time and have them there when we exchanged our vows.

The couple who stood up with us and were also responsible for getting us together. My hubby had grown up with them on the same street and had known them for many years. They introduced us at church during the summer the year before and we started dating a couple of months later.

Since we had such a short time to pull this thing together, they were both very instrumental in helping us make it happen. But we got it done with almost no catastrophes. The wedding went “almost” perfectly….unless you count my putting his ring on the wrong hand! Oh well, nothing’s perfect.

About a month after we are married we take our friends out to a nice steak house to celebrate and to say thank you. After the server brought our menus, my hubby’s best man is looking at us over his menu. Back and forth…back and forth until we finally say..”WHAT?”

His words, “I just can’t believe you guys are MARRIED!!”

We say, “Yeah, it went fast, can’t believe it is over and here we are.”

He looks at us back and forth again and says, “NO, I mean, I can’t believe you guys actually GOT MARRIED!!”

Now we were a little confused. “What do you mean by that?” I asked

After shaking his head for a second he says, “Man…I introduced you guys as a joke!”

“WHAT??” we both say at the same time.

His wife starts laughing and says, “Oh he doesn’t mean that!”

“YES I DO!” says he….”I thought you guys wouldn’t make it past your first date! I thought you would hate each other!”

“That’s not funny!”

“I’m not trying to be funny….I am serious! I never in a million years thought you guys would get married.”

What do you say to that? “Uh thanks?”

Awkward much?? We were speechless! Even his wife was surprised by what he said but she admitted she didn’t think we would get along but after we started dating she saw something different. We are still very good friends thank goodness but we have told this particular story many, many times! It’s a good one, don’tcha think?  See..originally he had tried to set up my roommate with my husband. Neither of them were really interested. Being cupid must not be his strong suit. I was the one who wanted to meet my hubby, so I asked the best man/friend to introduce us. The rest….as they say, is history!!

So, here we are 27 years later, the joke is on him I guess but…..it still isn’t funny :-/


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