Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Twenty Seven Years Today...

 Today is our 27th Anniversary. Our story is a little long, but I want to share some of it.

In May of 1984, after making a total mess of my life with less than stellar choices, 40 years old, divorced and in a state of never want to see another man in my life, I fled from the chaos of my life in Georgia, here to Florida.

I found a job as greeter dispatcher in Sears Automotive. And also found 2 other part time jobs just to live and pay bills. I moved here with everything I owned in the back of a very small, not paid for Nissan Pick Up Truck.
 I will skip the DETAILS because they are not pretty and this is a happy post. I plead temporary insanity for the years it took me to reach 40. I swore I would never look at a man again.

Bob was a mechanic working in the shop at Sears, I was at the desk greeting and writing tickets and giving them out to the mechanics. I started there May of 1984.  Bob says but I have no memory of it, that from the day I walked in, he was in love, but I ignored him and at times was plain rude,

as in when he said "I like your earrings" my reply was "Sooo?"    (I have no memory of this)
What Bob does, while waiting on the MadSnapper
 At the time CB's were in most cars and trucks, so being newly independent, I installed my own CB in my truck. It worked but had a lot of static when I keyed. I ask the manager if someone could take a look at it and he said, pull it in Bob Hangey's bay, he is really good with radios. I did and he said, you did a good job, you just have the ground wire on a screw that is picking up engine noise, he moved the wire and it was ready to TALK.
Bob says: What's your CB handle and I will give you a shout today when I get off work and test it, mine is HORRIBLE. say what? I thought?
I replied "mine is Cherokee Rose" and thanks for helping me.
My friends dog, all dogs love  Bob
 In the interest of blog land reading time, I will skip the rest of the details. We started talking on the CB every afternoon, and I got my first Kiss BEFORE we even had a date. When he left Sears at 3 I was driving to my 2nd job as a waitress, and we talked. He drove past the restaurant where i worked and waved at me each day, for about a month. On his 48th Birthday, he keyed the radio and said, "I see you still in your truck, I think I will stop for a KISS" and he raced his little GTO up beside my truck and leaned in the window and KISSED me. we had never even been out together.  SEE ABOVE POEM... since my family thought I was nuts and I thought I was nuts, I followed my heart.....
NOT his Harley, he just wants it
and four months later we were married and here we are, Married 27 years.....TODAY!
Can you tell he is one of my favorite subjects to photograph? Happy Anniversary Bob, I still love you.

47 comments:

Ginny said...

HAPPY, HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!!! What will you be doing? For us, we don't have to be doing anything, as long as we are together and feeling well. Your story is wonderful, I didn't know most of it. The workplace courtship, the C. B. , you being so hard to get!! I LOVE the pictures!!! Does Bob read your blog? He waits just like Phil! My favorite is Bob with his arms spread wide and the fishing pole, and you kissing him! I hope you two have a wonderful day, sis!!!!

Tammy@Simple Southern Happiness said...

Anniversary and many more years ahead. Bob saw something special in you to keep up his persuit. God sure sent you a great man.

Eva Ason said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!!!
I enjoyed reading your story - I love happy stories very much!
Have a fantastic day today my friend!!! Big hugs!

Eva

SquirrelQueen said...

Happy Anniversary Sandra & Bob!

What a great story, I very much enjoyed it. You two have a wonderful day.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful story! It sounds like "Mr. Right" came along in the end. It just took him awhile to find you. Wonderful!

Happy Happy Anniversary to you Sandra and Bob! And I wish you many many more years of bliss.

Fantastic!
xo Catherine

Snapper II said...

Happy Anniversary Sandra and Bob.
I love the Romantic Story. Someday it will be a movie.

Angela said...

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(¸.*´ (¸.*´* HAPPY ANNIVERSARY *

I love your love story! It's so sweet! I too married my husband really soon like that and we've been married 20 years last month.

Sounds like Bob is a keeper!

Hugs,
Angela

From the Kitchen said...

Happy anniversary!! I loved hearing the beginning of your life with Bob. Smart move to pack up your truck and head south it seems. I'll be back for the next installment.

Best,
Bonnie

MyNorth said...

What a lovely story.
Happy Anniversary!

DawnTreader said...

Very happy for you both, and enjoyed your story! Hope you have a wonderful celebration! I'm still waitin' (for Mr Right, I mean)

TexWisGirl said...

i love this. just goes to show, no matter what happens, it's never too late to start over and find happiness! :)

Snapper II said...

Sounds like a match made in heaven to me! I am so happy for you that you found Bob and he found you and that both of you were willing to take another chance on love. It does not matter what you do today, where you go, what you eat, etc. The real gift is who you are with. Happy Anniversary to you both! Love you both and I don't even know Bob, but I love him because he makes my friend happy!
Madeline

Judy Royal Glenn said...

Happy Anniversary.....great story:)

SweetMarie said...

Happy Anniversary Sandra & Bob! I'm so happy for you both! This is a beautiful story. You and I have talked about this already, but it is so strange how similar our pasts are and now we both have peace and happiness. I met Craig when I was forty as well. We were married nine months later. :) I completely agree with Snapper2, this should be a movie! These are all wonderful pictures of Bob and I can feel the love in your words that you have written here. Happy Anniversary!

LC said...

Happy Anniversay!! And, yes, this is a very happy post!

Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Happy Anniversary. You must be glad you followed your heart. Wishing you many more wonderful years together.

"Auntie" sezzzzzz... said...

What a PRECIOUS post!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much for sharing this, with us.

Happy Anniversary!!!! To two lucky people. You got/found/deserve each other. Wonderful!!!

And ahemmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Btw......

You got yourself a HUNK there!

But you know that!!!!!! ,-)

And you will appreciate my quote of the day!

"Successful marriage
is leading innovative lives together,
being open, non-programed.
It's a free fall: how you handle
each new thing as it comes along."


~Joseph Campbell

Cheryl @ The Farmer's Daughter said...

This is a sweet love story. Happy Anniversary to you and Bob!! Have a wonderful day!

barbara l. hale said...

Congratulations! What a wonderful uplifting story! If all dogs like a guy, he is certainly worth a try. I realized that Greg was all right when my kitty, who didn't like anyone but me, sat on his lap one night. That may have sealed it for me. We've been married 31 years.

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Love the poem. Congratulations and thank you for sharing your story.
Happy Anniversary!

George said...

Congratulations to both of you. Your story sounds like a match made in heaven. Actually it is similar to our story. Thanks for sharing this very happy post with us.

Remington said...

What an awesome story....I love happily ever after stories....congrats, my friend....great pics, and yes I can tell you who you like to photograph....and you do it SO well I might add.... Enjoy your happy day!

Chatty Crone said...

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY TO YOU AND BOB!
And I wish you many more many more. What a sweet love story. It was meant to be - and the best is he doesn't mind you snapping him or waiting while you snap something else. So Bob has always had that beard?

Congrats to the two of you.

sandie

S. Etole said...

Happy Anniversary ... so glad you followed your heart!

Ann said...

Happy, happy Anniversary. What a great story. I hope that you and Bob have a wonderful day together and very happily ever after :)

Maple Lane said...

Happy Anniversary! Such a great story.

Marie-Jeanne said...

Happy Anniversary to both of you and thanks for sharing this beautiful story!

A Quiet Corner said...

Sandra, first...congratulations on your happiness. Seond, I'm glad others have made mistakes too...it's comforting....:)JP

Deb said...

Happy Anniversary Sandra and Bob...congrats on 27 years...we celebrate our 29th on the 19th of this month....

Rebecca said...

Very sweet and Congratulations. You'll have to write a book!

Rose said...

This is a wonderful read...happy anniversary!

Madge @ The View From Right Here said...

Happy Anniversary!

Susannah said...

Happy Anniversary to you two adorable love birds! So happy you found each other. May you have many more wonderful years together!

Susannah

Betsy from Tennessee said...

Ah----I just have to send a comment although I've been too busy to do comments much today... HAPPY ANNIVERSARY... I love this post. I always love learning more about my friends and their lives... Thanks so much for sharing. Hope you had a great day.
Hugs,
Betsy

EG Wow said...

What a GREAT love story, Sandra! I'm so glad you and Bob found each other!

MedaM said...

Dear Sandra, I enjoyed reading your love story. I am glad that you listened to your heart and got another chance to find truly love of yours and your real soul mate. Happy Anniversary to both of you and many more happy years ahead!

Debra Dickinson said...

Great, great story, and pictures, of course. Thank you so much for sharing.

photowannabe said...

Oh Sandra! Happy, Happy Belated anniversary.
I love your story and I do believe you got the Cream of the Crop when you married Bob.
So glad you took a chance on love the second time around.

Betty Manousos@ Cut and Dry said...

happy belated anniversary!

what a wonderful story and i love all of these photos!

you two make a great couple!

xo
i've been unable to connect to the internet these past few days, hence my late comment.

Val said...

What a wonderful story...wishing you many more years of fishing,swimming, flying and of course snapping!!

Beatrice P. Boyd said...

Happy Anniversary, Sandra & Bob..you are a couple who seem to know how to keep the fun and love in your lives. Celebrate and enjoy the year ahread and many more to come.

What Karen Sees said...

What a wonderful, heartwarming story! Sometimes good people really do live happily ever after!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy Anniversary . I may be late and it will be Belated Happy Anniversary.

I enjoyed your story.

What a handsome man .

Anita Johnson said...

I just spent the last 30 min. looking at your beautiful pictures and now I have come to your story here. It is heartwarming to read your journey and to see you have been blessed with such a wonderful companion for 28+ years now.
"Grow old along with me!
The best is yet to be,
The last of life, for which the first was made:
Our times are in His hand
Who saith "A whole I planned,
Youth shows but half; trust God: see all, nor be afraid!''

Rose said...

I had read this AND commented before, but enjoyed it just as much the second time around.

diane b said...

A beautiful love story. That is one fit , handsome man you have got there and you deserve it.

DeniseinVA said...

Yours is a beautiful love story Sandra :) it was just meant to be. Happy Anniversary Sandra and Bob.