Anyway, on a day when I wasn’t looking, she came by with a present — no birthday, no Christmas, no Groundhog’s Day.
“Susie brought you a present,” announced the blonde. “On the buffet.”
Looked like a pair of black gloves to me. And there they rested ’til Sunday when, over lunch, I was asked:
“Poppa, you wore those gloves yet?”
I mumbled something like “ain’t been cold ’nough, but soon’s the ice storm hits, I’ll wear ’em.”
Monday morning, summoned by son and heir for an early chore, I reached for the “gloves.” Basically, I also had mittens.
The tips of the fingers are open. Gets really cold, the “gloves” convert into mittens, honest. Flaps attached to the back of the gloves pull up and over, thereby converting the gloves into mittens.
So, if you see me doing a gravy biscuit at Jack’s along about mid-August while wearing black mittens, you can put it down to keeping peace in the family.
But the Rev. Woodfin and Dot Grove can play a bit of ups-anniversary-ship in that department.
Woodfin and Dot were honored this past week at the annual Valentine party at First United Methodist Church in Anniston. The recognition came off their 70th anniversary.
The Rev. Woodfin, among other stops in his ministry, was senior pastor for 12 years at First United. Woodfin and Dot are both in their 90s.
And both couples have a very good shot of making it to the finish line, too.
A study in Time Magazine recently stated that only half (57 percent) of married couples make it to their 15th anniversary. But after that, odds are heavy they will remain married “Until death do ye part.”
There is good news out there, huh?
In a recent column, I told you about Hulon and wife Modena renewing their wedding vows after 70 years of marriage.
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