Our 47th Wedding Anniversary and Bull-Riding

Today I am beginning to blog again. This time, I have no intentions nor desires to be controversial. I simply want to express myself on observations on living. My 73 years on this earth have been exciting and enjoyable.

About 10 or 12 years ago, my wife, Lynn, and I were traveling down 183 in the mid-cities area between Dallas and Ft. Worth. She was driving and I was gazing out the window with a myriad of thoughts over-crowding my mind. Then, I suddenly focused on one thought: how wonderful this life is. With many bad times, good times, bad decisions, good decisions, tears and laughter, life is worth every second and to be enjoyed regardless of circumstance. Suddenly, I blurted out “this has been a wonderful ride” while thinking about an 8 second bull-ride in a rodeo. Time seems to almost stop during the ride but towards the ending seconds we begin to feel the exultation of accomplishment. We’re going to make it. Perhaps we will be tired, worn or bruised but we will make it to the end. Oh, and what if we are thrown off before the 8 seconds is up? What will we do then? We will get back on as quickly as we can and continue our ride until the final buzzer sounds. Ok, sure, that’s not the way of the rodeo but it is the way in life. Never accept failure or disappointment. Never give up. Always get back on and finish the ride.

Today is mine and Lynn’s (my wife) 47th wedding anniversary. The years have been filled with love, hurt, laughter and tears just like everyone else’s. Marriage seems to come with those emotions built in. But the years have been the best years of my life and I wouldn’t trade them for anything in this world. Yes, this has been one heck of a ride and I hope and pray that we still have another 2 or 3 seconds left before the 8 second buzzer sounds.

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