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A quiet 13th wedding anniversary

Written By: Terry Foster | October 18, 2011

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We met for the first time at Caribou Coffee in Royal Oak.

I noticed she had long legs, a nice smile and a pony tail when she walked in. She sat near me and I struck up a conversation with a woman I’d later call Abs. She’d become my wife. On Monday Abs and I celebrated 13 years of marriage with a quiet dinner and bottle of wine in the family dining room.

Our kids Celine, 12, and Brandon, 9, were told to stay upstairs and read while we enjoyed a quiet moment and conversation. They didn’t even sneak down once.

We had a long shot chance meeting. I was involved in a relationship that had grown stale. I was at Woody’s in  Royal Oak with some of the men, talking and flirting with women. And all of a sudden I grew tired of it. I told them I was leaving. They told me to stay because one of the women was interested in me. I said I will pass.

I walked to Caribou for hot cinnamon spice tea. That is where I met Abs and we later walked to Memphis Smoke for dinner. I even got a dance with her that night. She tried to shake my hand at the end of the evening and I blew right through her stop sign and gave her a hug.

The next evening I drove over to my girlfriend’s apartment and broke up.

“There is another woman,” she said.

I admitted there was.

“You will be back,” she said.

I never did.

Now I am a husband, a father, bread winner living in a nice house in the burbs. Life is cool. I enjoy the quiet of home, the noise of the children and date night with my wife. It is safe and peaceful.

I don’t get to enjoy it as much as I’d like because balancing two jobs is tough. I go to games and sports bars and eat dinner alone on the other side of town after an interview. Sometimes when I get home everybody is sleep. But it is just comforting to know my gang is all there.

Happy 13th Abby. I love you and yes I will take out the garbage in the morning.

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3 Responses to “A quiet 13th wedding anniversary”

  1. Andre Says:

    Great story T! I like to say congratulation to you and your wife. Marriage is not easy and it’s good to see when it actually works. Now you have to stop Mike from destroying your marriage. Happy for you and congrats again!

    Andre

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  2. duane jackson Says:

    TERRY YOU ARE A CLASS DUDE!!!!! AND A GREAT COMMUNITY LEADER, FUNNY, AND AN INSPIRATION TO PLENTY OF PEOPLE IN THE METRO AREA, WE AS A COMMUNITY ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE YOU IN OUR LIVES!!!!! KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK BROTHER!!!!! YOU ARE A GREAT INSPIRATION!!!!!

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  3. Gary B Says:

    That was a very nice read Terry Foster, best wishes on your 13th.

    Gary B

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