Thursday, June 13, 2013
Close to Nowhere
My niece Sister (OK, her name is Dawn, we’ve called her Sister since she was born and I can’t change) is engaged! I’m so excited I can hardly stand it.
She is the type of person who is just meant to be married. She has been lonely since her divorce -- some people do better than others after a nasty divorce -- some can live alone and be content. Sister is not happy alone.
She met Sarge at the marina where her aunt Bettie lives near Nashville. Sister has been staying with Bettie and helping care for an elderly aunt with Alzheimer’s. Bettie and her husband David sold their house and are living on a houseboat in the same marina as Sarge. Which is how Sister and Sarge met.
Sarge, a Vietnam veteran, has been a widower for many years, apparently not in a hurry to find another wife/companion.
Sister had gotten very tired of the dating scene and had stopped looking.
I’m really happy that fate stepped in and gave them to each other!
Sister and Sarge came to visit Saturday. Sister was flashing her diamond everywhere and Sarge was just beaming.
We instantly liked him. I was worried before I met him, as he’s older than Sister, but he is a great guy. And my dogs loved him.
Mr. Bean, our miniature schnauzer, who is usually in my lap, or if brother Dennis is visiting, in Dennis’ lap, ignored both of us and stayed right with Sarge constantly.
When we went outside, Bean trotted right along with us and when Bean and Quint, the very dominant outside red heeler, got into a squabble, instead of running to me for protection (Bean is a little dog, Quint is a big dog), as he usually does, the little traitor when straight to Sarge!
Foxie, our black pomeranian, does not care for men. Apparently, before we found her on the side of the road, she had been abused by a man. She climbed right into Sarge’s lap and stayed there.
Sister and Sarge are planning a Hawaiian wedding on the houseboat and I am making her dress and Sarge’s Hawaiian shirt. I’m gonna have to go visit them maybe next week for a fitting and I can’t wait.
I’ve never been on a houseboat before and I’ve always been positive that I was supposed to live on or very near water.
Sarge says they fish off the boat a lot and he has a freezer full of filleted crappie, which just happens to be one of my all-time favorite foods.
Eating crappie on a houseboat sounds like my idea of a really good time.
Wonder how they’d feel about a permanent house guest?
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