Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Our 8th Anniversary..........
I have known Dusty ever since he was in the 7th grade. His sister and I where friends but not close friends. I am a couple of years older than Dusty so when I knew him he was still in the bra flipping stage of his sad per teen life.
When I would hang out with his sister after school we would all go in her car over to this coffee shop and drink a coke and eat the best fries in the WORLD. It never failed every time all of us girls hung out together we would have to go pick up Dusty from the Jr. High. He was the single most annoying boy in the world. He bug us for money, rides, food and he always wanted to sit by me. I think he even smelled funny! Dusty was the epitome of cowboy-redneck.
It was the early 80's. Dusty always had some kind of hat on. Ball cap, cowboy hat ect. He even had one on for senior pictures. He wore wrangles, t-shirts or western shirts and boots. (Dusty has not changed much. lol ) He was into FFA, High School Rodeo, wrestling, hunting, trucks, raising cows, race horses, pigs ect. You get the point. I was into ME, softball and ME! I was way to good for him and his band of marry men he hung around with. Until one night.
I was invited to go to a High School Rodeo with my younger brother (Dusty and him are 1 week apart). My brother was dating a girl who Barrel Raced (can chaser). So I decided to go. So here I am sitting in the grand stands when I here over the loudspeaker. Dusty's name announced for calf ropin'. I thought here comes that bra flipping shit kicker. To my surprise he was all grown up, and I might add he was dang good looking on that horse. So I watched him rope then went to find him. He was a senior now. I walk out to the parking lot and I run almost into his horse, so I tell him that was a good run and we make small talk for a few minutes and I am just about to ask him if I could buy him a coke and fries when this girl came over and he said " I would like you to meet my wife" YOUR WIFE I thought. Oh well so I go off my way and he goes off his.
I get married have a couple of wonderful kids. My husband at the time had bought a pup from a friend of ours and was going to have it at the race track on race day(horse) so we go up there to the track and by this time my marriage was falling apart. My husband gets so drunk he passes out in his truck by the time I even get to the track. So I go find this guy with the pups to pick it up and drive my drunk home.
I was told that the pup where in Dusty's trailer. So I go over to get the pup and walk around the trailer just in time to see Dusty walk out of it with a big bowl of water, so I say hi to him and he drops the water on the ground, oh I forgot to tell you, I had grow up too, into I must say a small, tan beauty myself with long blond hair. For the first time that I had known Dusty he was speechless. He gave me the pup and I gave him a friend hug and we went our own ways again.
Then in 1998 I was invited to a BBQ by some friends who I guess thought I was lonely or something and had set up a blind date. They would not tell me his name. I had been divorced for 4 years. Why is it married friends always think their single friends are looking for a mate?
Anyway, he was 1 hour late and I was going out the back door to go home because he was late when I ran right smack into him. It was DUSTY! The rest is history! He did tell me on our 3rd date that he had always been in love with me and showed me that he was still carrying my 10 grade picture in his wallet.
9 Kids later and a grandson on the way and my heart still skips a beat when I see him walk in the door every night from work. He always gives me a big hug and a kiss on the neck, then whispers in my ear "I love you my baby" with a grin on his face.
I love my life and there is not a day that goes by that I don't tell Dusty just how much I love him and show him how much he is loved. That what it is all about, loving one another, not the gifts we receive or the fancy dinner we get to go to. As a matter a fact this year Dusty and I got all ready to go to dinner and our oldest called and he needed help with a crib they had just got for the baby. Kenny had put some of it together upside down Lol, and help him put a washer and drier in their new home. I packed kids for a school trip. Then we went out for ice cream. Not to romantic you might think? Well, this oldest son is not Dusty's but mine, the kids that went on the trip Dusty payed for are mine too. I look at that as very romantic, just the idea that there is a man in my life who love not only me but my children? It just makes me love him even more!!