In honor of Valentine's Day, 2005, this Bear is asking the question, "So how did you first meet your mate?"
Here's my story, when and how I met wife Katie.
It was about twelve (12) years ago. I was single, living alone in very rural Henry County, OH. My ex-wife, Carole, and I had split about a year earlier.
Friends of mine continued to encourage me to come out to the Turtle Club. This was a floating bar, on the Ottawa River (a small river feeding Maumee Bay and Lake Erie). This bar was very popular with boaters, in the warmer months, and had a "regular" clinetele during the off-season months.
On a cold winter Friday night I made the forty (40) mile drive to the Turtle, driving my Toyota 4-wheel-drive pick-up. Friends of mine were there and I had a few drinks with them, including a friend named "Millie". A friend of hers was at the bar, drinking with her husband. This friend, Katie, came over to talk to Millie and Mills introduced us.
Some of you will think "What a cad this Bear is, hustling a woman who is married."
Well, Katie and I talked for a couple of hours. Included in the talk were some comments anout the kind of guy her husband was, including some graphic descriptions of the beatings, the kickings, the bad stuff. Her husband was an alcoholic who resorted to violence when he drank.
Our conversation ended and she left the bar, with her husband. He never even knew we were talking because the whole time he sat at the bar, staring into the endless succession of drinks he was drowning.
Millie and I talked afterward. I told her that I really like Katie.
About that time, the brother of Katie's husband came in to the Turtle Club. He had on a snowmobile suit that was soaking wet. I recognized him from having a boat docked near the Turtle Club. He told Millie that his all-terrain vehicle had gone through the ice, on the Ottawa River.
After realizing that his vehicle was submerged close to shore, I offered to help. We went downstream a bit, along Edgewater Drive, to the location. I had to drive up on the large hill that the city put in place to prevent flooding, along the shoreline of the river. We attached a snap-strap with hook to my Toy and to his vehicle and I pulled it out of the icy river. We then loaded the wet vehicle in the back of my truck and I told him I would take it home for him.
Millie went along with me to show me where he lived. As we were driving to his house I told Millie, again, that I really liked Katie. She told me that she had talked to Katie on the phone, while I was getting the vehicle out of the river. She said that Katie said, "I really like Bear."
Within a week we were talking on the phone. Shortly after that she moved out of hre house and moved in with her sister.
We were married a couple years later and recently celebrated our tenth wedding anniversary.
She has been a great strength during my three (3) years of chemotherapy and the recent bone marrow transplant.
That is the story. What's your story?
Bear With Snap-Strap