On Monday, 3 days later, I came home from work to find two men standing in my driveway. One was Bill, the other was his brother. I had not seen Bill since 1976 when he had dinner with us in California and this was 1991!
He got out of the army after 20 years in Special Forces and decided to tour Australia and New Zealand for several months with another army buddy getting out of the army at the same time. That is when he quit calling! The trip was impulsive and he didn't call me first.
He must have done a lot of thinking about me while he was backpacking around Australia and New Zealand for those months because when he got back to the USA he flew to Florida to see his family and then he and his brother drove straight to Georgia so Bill could try to get back together with me. The timing could not have been worse! I had gotten married 3 days earlier!
We had a nice visit and Bill helped us move into our new house. They stayed for 3 or 4 days although they stayed somewhere else at night. Bill and Karl (his brother) even wired our telephone system for us. Then Bill drove right back out of my life again – for a while.
He still continued to stay in touch with my family and friends until he got word in 2006 that I was divorced again. This time he did not give me a chance to get involved with anyone else! He emailed and called and stayed in constant contact with me.
At that time he was working on a security detail in Arizona for 6 months so he couldn't visit me but he still let me know he was very interested. He wrote to me and told me he had never forgotten me and that his intentions had been to get back together when he went to Georgia in 1991 but he couldn't tell me how he really felt because I had just remarried.
I asked him why he didn't tell me sooner – when we were talking on the phone every night in 1990. If he had told me then I would not have gotten married to someone else. He said that he was no longer with his wife at that time, but he was still married to her; just separated. He wasn't in a position to tell me how he felt and it wouldn't have been fair for him to try to break up the relationship between me and the man I was dating. Then when he came back from Australia his divorce was in progress (possibly final) and he felt that it was the appropriate time to come to Georgia and try to work things out between us in person. Only I had gotten married 3 days earlier.
He signed his first email in 2006 to me, “Still, forever in love with you.” He made it very clear that he never stopped loving me.
Finally his work in Arizona ended in early 2007 and he went back to his home in Florida. When he got home he called to tell me was driving to Las Vegas to meet his brother and sister at a license plate meet that they attended every year and would be gone for 3 weeks. He promised to call and email, and asked me please not o marry anyone again while he was gone!
I asked him if he wanted some company on the trip and he asked, “Would you really go with me?” I told him I would if he promised to take me to the nearest airport and buy me a ticket if we didn't get along and I wanted to go home. He agreed. A few days later he picked me up at my office to start on our adventure.
It was so odd. This was early 2007. I had not been on a date with him since 1970! 37 years earlier! He had dinner in my home in California in once in 1976, we talked on the phone once when I was in Meridian, Mississippi in 1981, we talked on the phone for several months in late 1990 and then he came to see me in Georgia in February, 1991. And now it was 2007 we were going on a 3 week road trip - we had not seen each other in 16 years!
I would just be getting off work when he got to Georgia to pick me up for our 3-week road trip so I asked him to meet me at my office. Plus, the girls in my office wanted to check out my mysterious old boyfriend!
From the minute we saw each other it was like we were never separated. Everything just fell right into place like we had been always been together. When he kissed me I asked him if it was okay – I was very nervous! He told me it was very okay - that we were bonded together when we were teenagers and that bond had never been broken. Not by anybody, not by time, not by distance. He said we had such a strong love when we were kids that it never went away.
We went to another license plate convention in Huntsville, Alabama and he took me on a Western Caribbean cruise the same year. At the end of the cruise he convinced me to move to Florida so we could spend more time together and see where our relationship would take us – really give it a chance.
I moved to Florida on Christmas eve that year (1997) and we were married on January 3rd, 2009, just a year and a few days later. For our honeymoon he took me on a 46-day cruise to South America and then to Las Vegas and then to Hawaii!
I am one spoiled-rotten wife and we enjoy every precious moment together. And he thinks he is the one who is spoiled! Truth is, I think we both are.
Life is good and we are enjoying every moment of it!