I have a new guy friend, Lenny, who told me about his mother and
father’s love story. It made me smile because it is so different and
nontraditional in its origins. Lenny’s Mom is Lois and she was a
busy, hard working single mother of four children, three boys and
one girl. They were getting to be quite a “handful” and she was sure
she would never marry again.
Along came some family members who knew a man who worked
with them, who was single, healthy and attractive. They knew that
Lois was a good cook, a wonderful friend and wanted her to meet
this man. So, without too much warning, they asked her to go
bowling with them.
This is not as easy as you would think! As a single mother, myself, I
had to sometimes call between 16 to 20 names on a big babysitting
log I kept, to get one night out!
I could easily relate to Lois’ predicament! Once she found a living,
breathing and willing teenager, she was off to the bowling alley.
The family members and friends were gathered a little in a bunch.
When Lois spotted them, she waved to them. When they “parted”
or moved away a bit from each other, she saw a very nice looking
man, unfamiliar to her. When introduced, she found out his name
Here is Lenny’s ‘take’ on his mother’s parenting skills, “Don’t let
that little frail shell of a woman fool you! She was a tough mother
and not afraid to use a hair brush or a paddle!”
He followed up with a nice and proud tone, “If she would not have
used that discipline who knows where my brothers and sister would
have ended up?”
When Lois was courted by Floyd, they had many dates where they
worked on figuring each other out. Lois’ parents were a Baptist
preacher and a preacher’s wife. They were “good” people with
backbone, corny as it sounds, they sound like “the salt of the earth.”
Floyd was used to going out and spending time as he pleased. He
did not have any children and was glad to have a nice woman to
This is the part where it gets sketchy. Lenny was but a ‘thought’ or
a ‘dream’ but not born yet. He has heard the story often though.
Lenny is not sure how the matchmaking ended up in marriage.
That is another story which I think I will have to get from the
“source,” his mother, Lois.
Anyway, Lois and Floyd married. Sometime after that, Lenny
came along which brought the number of children up to five.
Makes me think of that Doris Day and Brian Keith movie, “With
Six You Get Eggroll.” Anyone remember that family movie gem?
Lois and her family viewed Floyd as the man who saved the day!
I am sure that you will smile when you find out that Lois shooed
all of Floyd’s drinking buddies out of the house on many occasions
where they would gather for homemade (by Lois) snacks and
football on television.
Lenny also feels that the discipline given to his brothers and sister
continued on, even down to the “baby” (him). He respects his parents
and is grateful for their love. His grandparents taught him, “Spare
the rod, spoil the child.”
Lois may have been tougher than Floyd expected, but he showered
her with gifts. Lenny says that she chose beautiful furniture from
a place that has closed, Groll’s Furniture Store. It was famous in
central Ohio for its quality craftsmanship. She also has a lot of
jewelry and nice decorations.
The love flowed between them, their retirement years spent
traveling around down highways and byways, in an RV.
They toured the country side with her sister, Iris and her
husband. They were looking for places to camp and enjoy
each other’s company once those busy family raising years
My summary of this love story goes like this:
Just when Lois had started to think she would have to raise four
rowdy teens, mainly boys, alone. Along came a handsome man
who was chosen by family and friends. She got ‘hitched’ to a cool
hand Floyd who helped her “corral” those young’uns.
Her hero rode into town and swooped her up and while rescuing
her, she also helped change his life for the better!