Today we are celebrating Terry’s birthday, and though she modestly says it’s just another day, it’s a very special day. Who knew that that little baby born in Newton, Kansas would grow up to become the most beautiful woman in the world? And not just beautiful, but also strong, caring, intelligent, talented in so many ways, and just about the nicest person you could ever hope to meet.
Terry is shy by nature, but there isn’t anything she wouldn’t do to help someone in need. More than once her caring and generosity have been wasted on people who don’t appreciate it, but that is their loss and doesn’t change who Terry is.
The first time I met Terry I remember being impressed with her and knew she was someone special. We were friends long before we ever became romantically involved, and I’ll be honest with you, nobody was more surprised than me than a woman with all she has going for her would give a short, fat, bald troll like me a second glance. But that’s the thing about Terry, she looks past what’s outside and see what’s inside a person. Which means I still don’t know why she chose to spend her life with me. But I’m grateful beyond words that she did!
We have been together over 21 years and our love for each other, as well as our friendship, continue to grow every day. It truly is wonderful to be married to your best friend in the world. When I look at her today, I don’t think I could possibly love her more than I do right now, but I know that tomorrow I will love her even more. The very first thing we say to each other every morning is “I love you” and it’s the last thing we say to each other as we fall asleep every night.
I always say that the only real regret I have in life is that we did not get together as teenagers to spend our lives together. Terry tells me that we needed to grow into the people we were before the timing was right, but I still regret every minute of the 45 years it took for us to get together.
June 22 is a popular day for amazing women to be born, because it was also my mother’s birthday. Terry and my mom never got to meet, but if they would have, I know they would have become immediate friends. They both love to cook and they both always put the needs of the people they love before their own.
When we were publishing the Gypsy Journal and putting on our RV rallies, people always talked about “Nick’s newspaper” and “Nick’s rallies.” Now they talk about “Nick’s books.” But I will tell you right now, any success I have had in life is 100% due to my hardworking, supportive wife. She has always been my biggest fan, and she is the person who encourages me, critiques my work, and gives me the confidence to do the things I do. As I always told the crowds at our rallies, without her I’d just be a fat guy up on stage telling jokes.
Happy birthday, Terry. I love you with all my heart.
Be sure to enter our latest Free Drawing. This week’s prize is an RV camping journal donated by Barbara House. Barbara makes several variations of these, and they all have pages where you can list the date, weather, where you traveled to and from that day, beginning and ending mileage, campground information including amenities at RV sites, a place for a campground rating, room to record activities, people met along the way, reminders of places to see and things to do the next time you’re in the area, and a page for notes for each day. To enter, click on this Free Drawing link or the tab at the top of this page and enter your name (first and last) in the comments section at the bottom of that page (not this one). Only one entry per person per drawing please, and you must enter with your real name. To prevent spam or multiple entries, the names of cartoon or movie characters are not allowed. The winner will be drawn Sunday evening.
Thought For The Day – Married couples who love each other tell each other a thousand things without talking.