Monday, December 11, 2006

A Hot Romance and a Cold Night of Christmas Caroling

The questions from the revgalblogpal's friday five brought back romantic memory to me. I can't get it out of mind, yes even when I was preaching it came to me, so I thought I would write about it, risking all kinds of comments.

It was December of 1988, my first December in Columbus, Ga. I was living in the Whisperwood Apts., and had a group of friends that I hung out with. I was also a member of JAYCEES, and some of the them were part of the same group. Some of us decided we would go Christmas Caroling and have a party afterwards. So on a very cold night with mugs of hot chocolate, and laughter in the air, we went Christmas caroling around the apartments. We had such a good time we decided we get in the cars and go around the neighborhoods nearby and Carol our neighbors. I got in the car with my good friends, and we were joined by one of their neighbors who had decided to join us, a guy named Bob. Well here we go, just carrying on. The driver forgot about the rough railroad tracks and there goes the hot chocolate all over everybody. Whoops! What a mess and ouch, hot. But we all just laughed it off, stopped to sing and then went back to the apartments. I went home and changed my clothes and came back. Everybody else had done likewise to their respective homes. It was a good time. Well, that was the night of beginnings for Bob and my relationships to begin to blossom.

The clincher to our beginning dating, was a Christmas party I hosted at my house. I had cats, one of which was a fussy persian. When both of the cats took up with Bob, and he didn't push them away, I knew he was a good guy. From that point on we were together a lot, and started doing things as a couple. We got married in 1990 and have been together ever since.

So you might say Christmas Caroling has a special place in my heart. Oh and yes, hot chocolate! But a guy named Bob really has a special place in my heart.

Thanks Reverendmother for bringing that special memory back


zorra said...

Well, that was fun! I love "how we met" stories.

Marty said...

Well now the mystery is solved! How did you and Bob meet and come to be "Bob and Abi" we know.
Thanks for sharing...I feel like I know you even better than before.

Gary Wood said...

What a great story! You brought a smile to my face today. Thanks.

1-4 Grace said...

What a wonderful, fun, romantic story. Love it. :)
Yes, once you find a guy that will not push kittycat away, you better hang on.

Story Midwife said...

What a wonderful story my first visit here. As it's now Christmas caroling and hot chocolate-spilling time of year again, Happy Anniversary!

I also checked out your adoption blog. How wonderful! My husband and I are considering international adoption. We are currently in "story gathering" mode. Yours has now become one of those stories woven into our journey.

Bless you all,
Story Midwife

Anonymous said...

How sweet, Abi. There's nothing like a hot romance memory during preaching to humble us, eh?

Thanks for sharing this. I'm glad that you have such a sweet memory, and more importantly, a sweet love!
(And thanks for stopping by my place!)

hipastorzwife2B said...

I love a romantic story!

Sally said...

What a wonderful story Abi- thanks for sharing it.

the reverend mommy said...

I knew Bill was "the one" when he helped me with my kittens -- one of which had gotten "stuck" under the stove. He rescued Fred with great gentleness -- he's a real cat person. Also, he allowed Willie to shred him (Willie was a little feral... and needed to be held for some sort of vet treatment.)

There's just something about a man and a cat that appeals to me.