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I'm a single mom with two great kids living near Dallas, Texas. This is my life; day to day things that are probably only important to me. This is my record of my ups, my downs and the road that I've taken along the way. For whatever reason YOU'RE here, I hope you find something you can enjoy and/or relate to. God bless.

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Wednesday, November 16, 2005

Turn Around

I had no reason to turn around. Friends on each side of me were seeking my attention. But the pull was strong. Shyness aside, I turned around. Funny, because when I turned around, everything in my life turned around.

There you sat, wearing a sweater in a shade of yellow that should have seriously been reconsidered. But it was the way you looked at me that shattered the shell encasing my heart. You looked at me like little girls dream their Prince Charming will one day look at them.

I don't remember saying hello, or if there were introductions. I remember simply inviting you to have coffee, and that you had no hesitation when you accepted.

Later that evening, long after the coffee was gone, long after my friends had left, you told me about your family. I remember how genuinely you spoke of your admiration for them and I remember feeling a twinge of jealousy for your having such a family. Then...a tear escaped your eye and I fell in love with you.

Two weeks later you placed a ring on my finger as you said "I do". You promised that day to love and honor me, and for 21 years you've kept that promise.

There are defining moments in ones life. Mine was turning around.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Awwwwwwe, I think I'm gonna cry! That was absolutely beautiful to read. Great talent Kathi!!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Stacy-Deanne said...

I think I'm going to cry too! This was beautiful Kathi. I guess I needed to read this because I've been rather depressed today.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Michelle said...


So beautiful, thanks for sharing. So, true love does exist!

8:32 PM  
Blogger African girl, American world said...

2 weeks! I thought people made that up!
That was beautiful Kathi

8:39 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

nikki ~ awwwww back at'cha. LOL, and you KNEW this story!

stacy d ~ you too? LOL, thanks girl, why have you been depressed?

michelle ~ thanks! Yup it does.

hapee ~ it's for real, lol. Thanks so much.

9:36 PM  
Blogger KyuBall said...

Should we be wishing you a happy anniversary? Great stuff, Kathi, makes me want to kiss my wife...think I'll do that now.


9:41 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

kyuball ~ yeah, and be sure to tell her it's because of me, k? Oh, and the anniversary was last month...and I remembered it this year!

9:50 PM  
Blogger Bill Jones, Jr said...

Very nice lady, and very eloquently written.

10:08 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

sable ~ thanks, wrote it while I was trying to keep my mind off of strangling a couple of kids today. LOl, worked today, can't promise anything for tomorrow.

10:46 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, I know the story. I still can't believe it...but I've seen you two together. It's for real!!

Love ya, all of ya!!

11:12 PM  
Blogger Brea said...

OMG that was beautiful! I'm so happy you found such an amazing person. 21 years?! Wow, that is awesome.

11:40 PM  
Blogger joey♥ said...

what a powerful story. you're a lucky one. do you ever wonder what would have happened if you hadn't turned around. if you still would have met him and fell in love?

1:21 AM  
Blogger Lightning Bug's Butt said...

Jeez, that was beautiful.

Two weeks? That was quick.

2:12 AM  
Blogger DZER said...

such a sweet story ...

now the song "turn around, bright eyes" is in my head ...

4:12 AM  
Blogger kathi said...

brea ~ thanks (and hey...what about HIM finding such a wonderful person...hmmmmmm?) :)

joey ~ hey sweetie, where are you? Been thinking about you. Thanks for the sweet comment, and yeah...sometimes I wonder. :)

lightning ~ welcome, just checked out your blog, funny stuff!

dzer ~ yeah, kinda along the same lines of your blog today, huh? Oh wait...I didn't have strippers. :)

6:31 AM  
Anonymous blackops said...

You had me at hello :)

7:00 AM  
Blogger bbsgirl said...

That was so awesome. I hope to be able to express my Love 21 years from now 1/2 as well as you just did. hmmmm...in 21 years I'll be 65 and Bob will 66...I pray we are the ones that stay together forever. We need to BE together soon...this distance drives me nuts. You asked me about Thanksgiving..unfortunately, we'll be apart. He'll be in Maryland with his family and I think my Daughter & grand daughter are coming here...we haven't made plans. It will be a loney day that's for sure, but not one without plenty to be thankful for.

7:27 AM  
Blogger Shawn said...

A really enjoyable, refreshing read. What did your hubby say when he read it?

8:02 AM  
Blogger Johnny Newt said...

Very beautiful, thank you for sharing this with us.

8:39 AM  
Blogger SignGurl said...

Simply beautiful!

9:18 AM  
Blogger ~Deb said...

Kathi- you are so fricken talented! Did your husband read this yet? I'm sure he did. Some people don't reveal their poetry to their loved ones for some strange reason- but they have no problem showing strangers.

Question: Does your family know about your blog- and do they read it? Just curious. I love the way you write and express yourself.

Another question for you: What do you teach? I may have asked this many times before- and I do apologize. Is it English or literature of some sort?

I'm amazed with your talent!

Love you Kath!!!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Heather said...

Now this was really sweet. Thanks for sharing such a beautiful moment.

11:13 AM  
Blogger BigBill said...

Wow!! a sub teacher who probably shouts out "turn around" to her students umpteen times a day!!!
How ironic that this is the way she meets the one she will love forever!!!

12:40 PM  
Blogger Leesa said...

To do sweet without the syrup; that is a talent, girl!

One question - two entries ago, what ring was that? I see a ring thread going on here.

12:56 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

blackops ~ yeah? Then you just made my day. LOL :)

4:47 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

jan ~ nice pic, hon! I know you'll be missing him, I'm so sorry.

shawn ~ Thanks so much. He's not read it, I told him about it, but he's been busy. Shawn, I read your email, and I'll get back w/you, but I like it and I like that you shared it with me. You have no idea how much that means to me. Thank you.

johnny ~ thanks, your kind words are much appreciated, as always.

jenn ~ thank you!

deb ~ You're so silly. I wish I had 1/8th of the talent you have...YOU, are the writer my friend. Yes, my family knows about my blog...it's why I strive to keep it from being an X rated blog...some of my students read it too. My hubby's not read it yet...
I sub at the high school, so anywhere they want me and I want to go is where I'll teach.

heather ~ I MISS YOU. Are you coming back to blogging any time soon? Thanks for saying sweet things, I appreciate it.

bill ~ LOL, I don't tell them to turn around, I tell them to SHUT IT OR GET OUT. Works. :)

Leesa ~ Wow, even your comment was poetic. You're just something else, love you bunches. AND LEESA, no one said anything about a ring 2 posts back.

5:00 PM  
Blogger Georgiapeach said...

Mr. Mark is so fortunate to have such a beautiful and poetic wife. I love getting to know your Kathi. It is really neat :). Thanks for sharing that poem with us, I bet Mr. Mark is beaming from ear to ear.

5:24 PM  
Blogger Georgiapeach said...

How is he btw. Everything going marvelous?

5:25 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

GP ~ Does everyone tell you how precious you are? If not, they should. Thanks for the kind words and good thoughts for Mark. He's doing really good, thanks so much for asking.

8:31 PM  
Blogger Tre said...

Wow, Kathi, that was beautiful. I am going to do that to a woman one day. You just watch.

8:52 PM  
Blogger kathi said...

tre ~ would love to watch.

6:27 AM  
Blogger Wenchy said...

This was sooooooooooooo beautifully written.

Thank you.

1:26 PM  
Blogger Chrissie said...

aww.. thats sweet!

:(( waaaa i want a prince charming?!

4:10 PM  
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