Peggy is a friend I met the first day of my recent five year job.
She was sitting at a breakroom table and had the biggest smile
as I walked by with my insulated lunch bag. She did not have to
say a word, because that smile caught my eye!
I asked, “Do you mind if I sit here?” Another woman turned towards
me and I read her name tag. I smiled at her, too. They both said, “No,
please join us.” As soon as I sat and took a few bites they asked me a
few questions and we chatted about my past and their children. As
our conversation was winding down, I mentioned that my daughter
has a very good friend with the woman’s last name but we sometimes
call her “Botch.” They both exclaimed and said,
“That’s our niece!”
Anyway, I have mentioned Lu’s story so here is her sister in law’s story
about how she met Tim. Peggy likes to dance and go out around the
Delaware County area. She was out at Roop’s (owner Al Roop) at what
was once called the Army Navy Bar. She was up dancing with her good
friend, Cathy, and this guy who she called “cute” jumped in between
them and started to dance!
I listened and watched her expressions and off she went telling all the
cool things he did: rode motorcycles, worked at Honda in Marysville,
owned his own house, and liked to fish up at Lake Erie.
We talked for a few days in a row when Peggy and I met about Tim.
I really remember the story because I finally met him and it sunk in. She
loves this man!
They have been dating, off and on, for 18 years! Tim owns a house in the
country, Peggy lives in a house about 2 blocks from where I lived in a
housing development “Lexington Glen.” She is a “city” girl and he is a
“down home country boy.”
When I met Tim, I was up in Marion with Bill at a bar. I had talked Lu, her
husband Ted, Peggy, asked her to try to get Tim to come up there too. We
laughed because the guys all went out to smoke and the girls went out on
the dance floor. It was karaoke night and Lu, Peggy and I wanted to sing
but had to get the Playbook or whatever they call the song listings book
that you choose available songs with the words that revolve on the karaoke
Peggy and Tim wanted to sing a duet. We all watched them get up and
proceed to start a song, Peggy hollered, “Wait, wait, can we start over!
Tim, aren’t you going to sing louder?!”
Anyway, the audience or bar crowd, all hooted and laughed at that one!
The guy restarted the song, (okay it is corny), “Islands in the Stream.”
(Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers’ song, if there are young readers who
have no clue about how this song goes and the BIG CHALLENGE this
one is to sing!!)
Once again, Tim and Peggy started to sing and it was funny and a sight
to behold! We all clapped at the end. Tim whispered some words until
he got confident and Peggy belted most of them with a nice clear bell
toned voice. She can sing well!
They hugged and walked down towards our table with arms wrapped
around each other and Bill turned to me and said,
“That is what love looks like.”
But, everyone may want to know their road has been rocky. Tim had a
fire out at his house, he lived with Peggy for awhile. He even tried to
give her a ring, proposed and she wore it for awhile.
They have month long fights and they have spaces in their life that
Peggy feels uncomfortable due to fear of her handsome man running
off or getting “bored with me.”
When they are together at the bar, dancing, singing or at poolside at
Wesleyan Woods pool or Hayes Colony pool you can hear Peggy’s
bell sounding voice and her pealing laughter at his jokes. He is a big
teaser and tickler.
They may be the closest they can be where they are at.
This is my first “almost” happily ever after story. Hope it makes you smile!