One of lifes simpler pleasures  

rm_titsandtires 51M/41F
2973 posts
4/3/2006 6:29 pm

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4/7/2006 6:20 pm

One of lifes simpler pleasures

For me, one of the things that has come with age is some of the things I find joy in. I had one of these experiences over the weekend. It may not be much, but for me, it's just something that let's me know that things are usually going to work out the way they should.

A friend of mine, Ron, that I've known for about four or five years (he was a former co-worker) was going through a divorce when I first met him. He wasn't very talkative, kept to himself alot, and usually didn't say much unless he was spoken to first. I knew from talking to some of the other guys in the shop that he was normally much more outgoing and approachable, yet it took a long time for me to see that side of him. Still, he and I always did the morning crossword together, and usually found a few things to have a few good laughs at throughout the day. We found out very early on that we had the same twisted sense of humor.

I got the idea through talking to him that his ex-wife was being pretty unreasonable in the divorce proceedings, and he was about as patient as a human could possibly be under the circumstances. He understood her concerns, but was quick to note that he didn't agree with them. As an outsider who has known plenty of people who were getting a divorce, let me just say that she was being completely unreasonable with most issues.

To make matters worse, they had a son together. Although, let me say that Ron is about the best dad I personally know. His kids, all 4 of them, (the other three are quite a bit older) mean the world to him. His older kids used to come by just to say hi to him at work quite frequently. It was obvious to anyone that worked there that he had a great relationship with all his kids.

Sometimes on the weekends or on his days off, he'd come in to work for a few minutes to pick something up or drop something off, and have his youngest son with him. I think he's 5 years old now. He always wanted to "play mechanic" when he came down to the shop, so his dad would put one of his uniform shirts on him and give him a wrench or something and a pile of bolts and what-not. He'd tell him, "Here you go. Fix that" You'd have thought it was Christmas the way his little face would light up, with dad's button-up shirt hanging well below his knees.

About 24 months ago, a female co-worker of ours, Kay, had a female friend, Sheila, who worked across the street from us at another part of the same company. Sheila had been divorced for a few years, and had a couple of boys of her own that lived with her full time. She was a sweetheart of a gal, with a big smile and a genuine "hello" every time you saw her. Just a real great lady. Someone that anyone would be proud to call a friend.

Ron and Sheila hit it off right away. They spent alot of time together and everytime I asked him how the "relationship thingy" was going, he had nothing but good things to say about her. It was really cool. More and more of the real Ron came out rather quickly.

Ron's house was a little thing. Smaller than my garage. I think it was around 800 sq. ft. He and Sheila talked about moving in together and before you know it, they sold their houses, and bought a beautiful place together. Alot more money than he was hoping. I think the whole thing was a bit scary for Ron in the beginning, but before long, I think he realized that it was logically the best thing for both of them.

This weekend, I went over to his house. As soon as I got there, I looked at the front of the house from the street, and I got that feeling. You know what feeling I'm talking about? The one that tells you that this is more than just a house... it's a home. Not just a place where two people live. It's a place where two individuals who are both so deserving of one another found each other and are living out the part of their lives where they get to help each other realize their dreams.

I got out of the car and as I walked up to the door, I think I kind of mumbled to myself...

"It couldn't have happened to two better people."

bardicman 50M

4/4/2006 1:50 pm

Ya gotta love it when the fairy tales come true.

I am not dead yet

frbnkslady 48F
6183 posts
4/6/2006 1:29 pm

That was very cool tires.... you should copy this and give it to them on a special day.. T


slidein2meplz 61F
1994 posts
4/7/2006 2:29 pm

Very, very cool Tires... I love stories like that. Tell your buddy congrat's for me ok.

~~~ Just me, poppin to say HI! ~~

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