1998 It became apparent at a very young age that Abby was a singer. She had the uncanny ability to hear and learn a song from one of her inane children’s television programs after just one or two viewings and singing that song almost to perfection. It was cute the first few times I heard… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Dark Lady of the Sith
“Well? What is it?” Joe was beside himself. “Hm? What’s what?” I answered disinterestedly as I watched Mary and Mitch accept the well wishes of family and friends. “Don’t get cute, chowderhead,” Joe barked. “What are your going to do as Abby’s godfather? You knucklehead.” “Oh! That!” It was almost too easy to get Joe… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Hook, Line, and Sinker
The day of Abby’s baptism was upon us. The ceremony was set to take place at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Muncie, Mary’s old parish and the parish her mother still attended. The baptism was half an hour away when I arrived at the church’s parking lot, giving myself a few minutes to kill. I… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: The Baptism
1995 [From “Okay… Now What?”]: After I accepted their offer, Mary filled me in during dinner on what would be expected of me: ….3) Prior to the sacramental rite, I would have to profess to the priest my faith in God and Christ the Savior. I looked up from my plate with raised eyebrows and… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Lots and Lots of Prayers
1991-1995 There were some big happenings for my friends and me over the next five years. In the spring of 1991, Mary and Mitch gave birth to their first child and only son, Sean. A few months later, Leasa and Kevin gave birth to their only child together, Kyle. 1991 also saw Paul pull up… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: Holy Cow!
1990 Life was changing pretty fast for The Dudes during the months following Mitch’s surprise party. It was becoming increasingly rare that any three of us were able to doing anything together at the same time, let alone all four of us. Kevin was understandably spending more of his time with his future, Leasa. I… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: A Cup of Coffee and a Piece of Pie
1989-1990 A surprising turn – surprising to me, at least – happened two years after Mary and Mitch moved to Fort Wayne. The two of them were at Mary’s mother’s house in Muncie to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and set aside some time during the weekend to visit with the rest of us. During our… Read More The Offer (I’m Glad) I Didn’t Refuse: The Slideshow