Fifty years ago today, Nancy Ann Hankins and I were married in the Cedar Vale Baptist Church. As I guess most marriages do, ours has had its up and downs, good times and not so good times, many happy times and some sad times. The trite saying that "opposites attract" may best describe our marriage. Nancy isn't the most athletic person or outdoorsy type. My greatest regret is that we didn't do more things together as she doesn't enjoy many of the things I like to do, i.e. hunting, sking, flying, running, motorcycling, horseback riding, roping, etc. And I don't like to quilt or shop. She has gone along with me doing these various pursuits and allowed me the freedom to enjoy these activities which I greatly appreciate. Some wives I know would make life miserable if they were not involved.
As I was trying to make a comfortable living, I was not as involved in raising our children as I should have been. She did an excellent job as we are blessed to have three wonderful children.
Back in Cedar Vale, I have never had a name. The people who knew Nancy as she was growing up in CV and the few old timers who are still around today, say, "Oh your Nancy's husband". Oh well maybe on our next 50th anniversday I'll have a name, that is of course if she will put up with me for another fifty years.