TWENTY YEARS OF FUN_ MILESTONES_ AND A LITTLE BIT OF RAIN by chenmeixiu

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									   TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF FUN, MILESTONES, AND A LITTLE RAIN


                                      The Childless Years
1981 - Wedding ... honeymoon in Destin ... trip to Ottawa, Canada ... getting first king-
       size bed ... getting cat ... taking first successful actuarial exam in two years ...
       seeing Bear’s 315th ... spending Christmas in Chicago with no snow ...

1982 - First house ... trip to Colorado Springs ... going up Pike’s Peak ... trip to Hilton
       Head and Charleston ... cat eating belt, cat surgery, losing cat ... getting Spunky
       ... Tim & Leanne’s wedding ... moving Ray & Net to Alabama ... being apart for
       three weeks, including Phil’s death and funeral ... seeing Rocky Horror Picture
       Show for first time with Delsie & Robert, Kim & Tim, Debbie & Frank ... giving
       Cuddles to Joyce & Clarence ...

1983 - Kimberly arrives ... Bear dies ... Flossie totaled ... getting our first new car, a Ford
       LTD ... anniversary trip to Tennessee ... spending the night in a railroad car at the
       Chattanooga Choo-Choo ... losing 60 pounds ... trip to Hollywood, Florida and
       Disney World ... miscarriage ...


                                 An Era of Providence
1984 - Moving to Chattanooga ... starting new job ... taking last actuarial exam ...
       moving into second house ... Fellowship attained ... Dena finally makes an
       appearance ... Alabama’s first losing football season in 27 years ...

1985 - Trip to San Francisco with Dena in tow ... driving up Pacific coast ... visiting
       Terry, Barb and Chris in Washington ... ferry ride to Victoria ... sitting on runway
       in Denver with poopy diaper in lap for 20 minutes ... attending 10th year high
       school reunion ... getting first VCR ...

1986 - Automobile tour of Kansas City, Oklahoma City, and Dallas with Dena in the
       Stanza Wagon ... giraffe with its head in the car ... little Al dies ... Dena’s first
       beach trip ...

1987 - Pregnant Pam on convention trip to San Francisco ... beginning friendship with
       Debbie and Ray ... going crabbing with Terry and Barb ... naked pregnant Pam
       flashing painters on Amelia Island trip ... Paige drops in ...

1988 - Epiphany that I must exercise for the rest of my life if I wish to continue eating ...
       Pam losing 45 pounds ... losing 55 pounds (again) ... trip to Washington DC and
       Virginia ... going into the Pentagon with a general and his family ... seeing the
       flags at Arlington on Memorial Day ... Kandy crashes the party ... Pam a brides-
       matron, Dena a smart-ass flower girl ...
   TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF FUN, MILESTONES, AND A LITTLE RAIN

                                       Hotlanta Time
1989 - Convention trip to Palm Desert ...accepting new job in Atlanta ... custom van with
       television and video player ... beach trip to Florida with Granny & Papa &
       Kimberly ... unemployed beach bum for a week and a half ... moving into third
       house, in “May-retta” ...

1990 - On the road, at the office, on the road ... buying an armoire for Valentine's Day ...
       working every day over Memorial Day week-end ... taking trip to Disney World
       and staying on property ... “I not free, Daddy, I two” ... Paige going under water
       like a fish ... Checkers the drool bucket ... getting a $5 vasectomy ... passing out
       over Chinese food ... “You’re not gonna put that Coke can back are you?” ...
       Dena starting kindergarten ... Stanza out of commission for weeks ... buying an
       Accord ... back to Birmingham ... moving into fourth house ... getting a Christmas
       tree up the very first night in the house ...

                                 The Garden of Eden (Ridge)
1991 - Buying first PC ... selling the van ... Pam getting cyst removed ... Rod and Amy
       and Cara and David arriving to make life interesting ... Dena starting 1st grade at
       Bluff Park ... trip to New Hampshire and Maine ... having my last drink at a New
       Year's Eve party at the Dunmyres ...

1992 - playing Mathblaster! and Treasure Mountain with the girls ... first trip for Dena
       and Paige to Six Flags ... on to Babyland General ... convention in St. Thomas,
       Virgin Islands ... swimming lessons for Dena and Paige ... Hawaiian paradise for
       two, please ... Paige starting kindergarten at Trace Crossings, Dena 2nd grade ...
       Returning to Torchmark ... selling Stanza and getting Buick LeSabre for company
       car ... attending first SEC Championship game ... Alabama winning only National
       Championship in football of these 20 years ...

1993 - building the play mansion ... expanding the deck ... ballet lessons ... girls taking
       their first plane trip, handling it better than their mother ... first visit to Universal
       Studios ... trading the Honda in for the Villager ... beach trip to Gulf Shores ... Six
       Flags again ... “I wanna get offfffff!... (the Mindbender)” ... Paige starting 1st grade
       ... and learning to read about a month after finally remembering all the letters ...
       being caught with my guard down, agreeing that (house) plan is not too bad ...

1994 - deciding to sell house number four ... Spunky and Checkers move on ... moving
       to Cross Creek apartments ... getting the cyst removed from my back ... evenings
       and week-ends by the Cross Creek pool ... visiting house number five every day
       ... quick trip to Opryland ... and Six Flags of course ... good cop, bad cop with the
       cabinet maker ... arguments with Bill Tanner ... Dena returning to Bluff Park for
       4th, Paige starting 2nd ... closing on fifth and final house ... girls pay for their own
       trampoline ... hosting the company Christmas party, giving away beer to get
       stragglers to leave ...
   TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF FUN, MILESTONES, AND A LITTLE RAIN

                                   Back on the Bluff (Park)
1995 - getting a new PC, starting to learn the Internet ... Emmie acting friendlier than
       she really was so we would take her home ... girls beginning art classes ...
       visiting Opryland for the last time ... sodding the yard ... first beach trip to St. Pete
       area, Madiera Beach ... Busch Gardens .. attending 20th high school reunion ...
       annual Six Flags trek ... Hurricane Opal pays us a visit ... getting the roof fixed,
       fixing the fence myself ...

1996 - beginning Alabama gymnastics season tickets ... winning the NCAA gymnastics
       title in our first year ... finishing off the playroom sooner than expected ... getting
       a 32” television ... Paige starting gymnastics lessons ... getting the T-bird for my
       company car ... trip to Chicago ... lots of museums ... pilgrimage to Mall of
       America ... Paige wanting to move to Minnesota ... Chester’s brief visit ... Lulu
       showing up instead ... Dena starting junior high ... and getting braces ... “I can’t
       play my flute!” ... long week-end trip to Orlando before my meeting ... four parks
       in three days, no problem ... Tower of Terror ...

1997 - expanding the back-yard fence myself because nobody else wanted to do it ...
       putting up the arbor, building the planters in the lower 40 ... Dena going to DC,
       her first trip without us ... going back to St. Pete beach, and Busch Gardens ..
       riding in a wheelchair on my 40th birthday ... Memphis trip ... Titanic exhibit ...
       Graceland ... Mud Island ... the Peabody ducks ... resuming the Six Flags
       tradition ... seeing the Cmplt Works of Wm Shkspr, Abridged for the first time ...
       first Christmas visit to Michigan ...

1998 - having to get another new PC to use any new software ... getting crowns
       because my body is falling apart ... losing 40 pounds so I can ride in a wagon
       and go horseback riding in Hawaii ... falling asleep at Longhi’s ... snorkeling ...
       sunrise on Haleakala ... volcanos ... killer surf on Kauai ... not vetoing Sadie
       ...what would a summer be without Six Flags ... Paige starting junior high ... Pam
       going with me to New York meeting ... Ragtime ...

1999 - Pam looking cool in her Sebring convertible ... Spring break trip to Six Flags
       because we just can’t wait for summer ... Erin and Austin and Sheila and Bill
       going too ... being de-cysted again ... Paige winning Mrs. Barber’s award, Dena
       winning Mrs. Jones’ award ... Paige following in Dena’s footsteps again on her
       way to DC ... Pam flying on company jet with me to Palm Springs convention ...
       traditional trip to St. Pete beach and Universal Studios, after detouring to
       Amber’s wedding first ...love that Spiderman ... Dena starting high school ... “I
       can’t believe my baby’s starting high school!” ... Dena getting her permit, and
       turning her mother blue from holding her breath so much ...
   TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF FUN, MILESTONES, AND A LITTLE RAIN

                                  A New Millennium (or not)
2000 - moving into the Internet fast lane – a cable modem ... can't keep the girls away
       from messaging ... spreading the news in New York ... Aida ... the Lion King ...
       top of the World Trade Center ... typical Italian wedding ... rapping Shakespeare
       ... bye-bye Lulu ... replaced by Kea, the attack cat ... another Six Flags with the
       Hornes ... taking that St. Pete beach trip I said I wasn't going to take this year ...
       had to use the 2nd day on the Universal tickets from last year ... Spiderman still
       coolest ... but so is MIB ... Dena back in the band, Paige on the dance team ...
       trading in my T-bird for a Lexus ... but Dena is saving the bird ... Sunday night
       affairs at the pool with the neighbors ... old lady Paige finally getting her braces ...
       getting my computer back by getting the girls a colorful Compaq, PC number 4 ...
       rushing to catch the dancing at halftimes of junior high games ... going to Hoover
       games for the band – and the football ... helping the Beav at marching festivals ...
       making Dena cry for sweet 16 with a car and a cell phone ... Dena gets her
       license ... a sad call from Michigan, and a three day trip there and back ...
       packing Dena off to Hollywood, CA ... walking Sadie in about ten feet of snow
       and zero degree temps just so she can play ... being spoiled by DVD ...

2001 - repeat after me – Chronic Restrained Eating ... being without Pam during her trip
       for Kim's pageant ... Dena becoming a Hoover Belle ... losing about 50 pounds –
       probably for the 50th time ... our first Last Will and Testaments ... hot time in San
       Antone ... Dena winning best in show for Art II … Hoover High winning state
       championships in 8 sports …trip to Michigan for Kim’s graduation … Six Flags
       anyone? … Pam’s baby Paige starting high school … and joining her sister in the
       marching band … Dena makes Symphonic … thinking about standing on top of
       the World Trade Center a year and a half earlier … and that no one ever will
       again … feeling great pride in everyone associated with the Hoover Band who
       decided to overcome their fears and go to NYC 2 months later … having a great
       time again … watching Dena and Paige march in the 75th Annual Macy’s
       Thanksgiving Day Parade … new UA coach looking better by winning last 4 …
       another year, another broken tooth, another crown … setting up the first web
       page for the family as my “made” Christmas present …

2002 - Pam steals my Lexus, but I get the convertible … she didn’t deserve it anyway …
       Dena wins 3rd place in Congressional Art competition … testifying in court …
       winning big time … Dena and Paige go to Sadie Hawkins dance …and first rock
       concert by themselves (Creed) ... Dena loses some wisdom … visit to Savannah
       College of Art and Design, probably the first of many to come … UA wins another
       gymnastics championship, at home of course … Dena and Chris go to prom …
       Eric’s wedding with Paige and Granny … Paige makes Symphonic band … Dena
       winning best in show for Art III, truckload of ribbons... Paige wins 3 ribbons …
       relenting to Father Time and buying reading glasses from Walmart … Paige all
       A’s freshman year, Dena mostly A’s her junior year … Hawaiian paradise for the
       third time, all on Maui (almost) … Paige gets her braces off … happy to be
       happily married …
   TWENTY-ONE YEARS OF FUN, MILESTONES, AND A LITTLE RAIN

                                          Timeless
Fourth of July fireworks ... Christmas Eves ... the videotape stylings of Dena, Paige, Erin
and Austin ... laughing with each other until it hurts ... movies together ... lots of movies
together ... meeting Pam for lunches ... meeting everyone after work for dinner .. helping
with math homework ... enjoying many of the same shows and music as our teenagers
long after we have a right to ... bowling with the girls ... Paige doing cartwheels and
handstands until I was dizzy ... Dena talking continuously until I was dizzy ... never
understanding why we are so blessed – not with things (although we are), but with each
other, with the world's best children, and with our families and friends...

								
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