At 7:30 p.m. on Monday, February 8th, 2010, seven Trigg County couples stepped out of the Uptown Steakhouse in downtown Cadiz. The couples walked out into the middle of Marion Street and posed for a picture. They could do this because the streets were deserted and traffic non-existent. You see, upon stepping outside the couples were greeted by the beginning of one the most beautiful snowfalls to take place in Cadiz in sometime. The roads were already covered by the first inch of an eventual seven-inch snowfall.
There was a feeling of magic in the air, which wasn’t diminished by the beauty of the snowflakes falling around the couples. Another feeling also permeated the air. It was the unmistakable feeling of love. And why wouldn’t love be in the air? The meeting the couples had just left had been set up to celebrate their love for each other. Let me explain.
Since Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, I had been toying with the idea of doing my sports column on Wildcat couples. In other words, couples that had started dating at Trigg County High School and went on to be married. Another stipulation would be that they would have to have been married for quite a while. With my busy schedule, my column is usually put last on my to do list. That means late Monday night so it can be turned in Tuesday morning. Beginning at lunch Monday, I quickly contacted about ten couples and asked them to come to dinner downtown at 5:30. Seven of the ten actually made it. I don’t think any of them regret it.
The gathering was as spontaneous and unrehearsed as could be. Most everyone there did not know who else would be in attendance until they got there. Today I will give you the names of the couples and how long they have been married. Next week the stories will flow.
The couples are:
Dale and Faye Brashears Henderson, 42 years;
Mike and Dorris Burgess McGill, 38 years;
John and Laura Wiist Gray, 36 years;
Norma and Tracey Bryant Cotton, 33 years;
Mike and Cheryl Broadbent Bowers, 33 years;
Marty and Pat Hunter Thomas, 30 years;
Stevie and Sharon Sons Butts, 21 years.
If you are into math, you can quickly sum up that the seven couples have been married a total of two hundred and thirty three years. Statistics tell us that anywhere from forty to fifty percent of American marriages end in divorce. Along with the stories next week, tune in for the possible secret to the longevity of these marriages. There is even advice as to why shopping local for a spouse is a good idea. Happy Valentines Day!
OT: Picture included next week.
Enthusiasm Makes the Difference
(Mike Wright is the head coach of boys basketball and cross country at Trigg County High School. Emails concerning Coach’s Corner can be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.)