When you were a child was there someone in your life you swore you were going to grow up and marry? There was in mine. My parents had some dear friends, Jimmy and Judy and he looked just like Jim Reeves(country balladeer) to me. I loved this man. He would play guitar and sing to me....and let me sing with him and when I was 7 I swore my love to Jimmy and told him that when I grew up I was going to marry him. He hugged me and told me that he was already taken. He and Judy had been married nearly 20 years at that time. By the time I was dating age I had lost track of Jimmy and his wife Judy had passed away. I never even gave my pledge a second thought. I dated boys near my age and married when I was nearly 21. At the age of 40 I found out that Jimmy lived in Murphy, NC and the knowledge of his whereabouts brought back some really tender memories....but my life was so busy at the time that I just could not manage the 8 hour drive to see him again. My parents did. They drove to Murphy on a clear Saturday and had a wonderful time reliving old memories with a man I adored as a child. I got his address when they returned and wrote him a letter telling him about my life. I never heard back from him. He died shortly after that. On Saturday, when Frank and I were enroute to Montgomery for my class I had turned the radio to the Country station and the first song to come on was one called, "I'm Already Taken" by Steve Warniner There on the interstate between Auburn and Montgomery I felt my heart tighten as the sweet memory of Jimmy came flooding from out of nowhere. I cried quietly to myself where I was sitting and when the song was over and my tears had dried I told Frank about this man. My first and only childhood crush. It was a sweet memory. Have you ever experienced a time when you felt something special for someone like this? I would love to hear your story.
I am a woman who wears many hats and loves them all. I am a singer - I sing with the group Still Magnolias. I was part of the original First United Methodist Church Arbor Praise Team until we moved. After 24+ years of teaching English 11 and Spanish I - II at Benjamin Russell High School I decided to take a job closer to home. I now teach Spanish I & 2 at Randolph Co. High School and Wadley. I thought I was getting close to retirement and looking forward to it, but decided to move my cheese and try something different. I am a preacher's wife and a preacher myself. My husband Frank is the pastor at Rock Mills United Methodist Church and I am the pastor at Midway (Wedowee). It has made our conversations interesting, to say the least.