This series is all about my dear wife Julianne. She has stuck with me for 40 years. Through Thick and Thin. For this and the following 58 days until our actual wedding anniversary date of July 15, I plan to do and “attribute tribute” a day about why I love and adore this person so much. She has been the light (and perhaps even the guiding light) of my life all of these years.
Does this mean that things have always been good? Of course not, with any relationship there are ups and downs. Situations sometimes dictate and the high hills of joy can sometimes turn into low valleys of despair. But the key is always the longevity factor. Can we make it through the rough seas and back into the mainstream? I think the answer is yes.
Today I want to speak of kindness. I first met Julianne at a lonely bus stop in Provo, Utah in the fall of 1978. We had both missed the bus. I was enamored by her good looks. But I was taken, both literally and figuratively, by her kindness. We had both missed the bus. I never rode the bus, but my car had problems. I got there too late. She too arrived a couple of minutes late. I asked her about it. She said her roommate was coming to get her and she kindly offered me a ride. You see, it turned out that we both worked in J.C. Penney Department Store at the Orem Mall. She in the Cafe and me in the shoe department.
Julianne didn’t know me. She didn’t know if I was a good guy or a bad guy. But she was kind, she offered me a ride. (See…taken literally) And I was impressed by her thoughtful non-judgmental kindness. Perhaps kindness is one of her greatest attributes. She has a kind heart. She speaks kind words. She thinks kind thoughts. I am grateful for her kindness.