As you have seen from time to time I get very sentimental in my ramblings, I do not apologize for that. It is just part of Leon being Leon!
The one thing that I have learned with the loss of my father is ,that you always let the ones that you love know just how you feel! You never know if that is the last time you will have a conversation with them. I never want to say to myself, I wished that I would’ve……..! Therefore, I have taken it upon myself to talk about and write about how I feel about my loved ones and just what they mean to me!
So what is so special about March 28th, you are wondering about now. Well I am about to tell you. On this day more years ago than she is willing to admit, my best friend, the love of my life, my beautiful wife, Karen Arline Hammack was born in Muskegon, MI! I know that she has this sometimes thick Mississippi accent, I will explain later!
Little did she know that the first thirty four years of her life was merely a test and some preparation for dealing with the remaining years of her life with me! I have often repeated the story of our meeting in the Houston Intercontinental Airport Eastern Airlines crew lounge, almost 28 years ago. Our meeting was right out of a scripted movie of a young, some might say, cocky, hot shot airline pilot and the beautiful flight attendant that was far too pretty to be in the airline pilot’s league!
They began dating and soon married. All was good in this fairly tale world for a few years. But the story turns south after six years, as sometimes it will, and both parties decide to go their separate ways. But as fate would have it, they were re-united through a few coincidences after a 16 year separation. Karen likes to tell people that I went on a 16 year trip!!
But I digress a bit!
March 28th is the birthday of my best friend, my worst critic, and the love of my life, Karen! Unfortunately I will not be home to celebrate her birthday. Even if I were to be home, she is heading to Atlanta to be with her family, sister Kathy who is also having a birthday, son Mark, and great nice Victoria, her immediate family!
A NOTE FROM YOUR HUSBAND:
Even though we will not be together for your birthday, I hope that you have a great birthday!!
I want you to know that you are my best friend, the love of my life, and I love you very much!
You have made a very big difference in my life, thank you!!