And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
This is part two of my series on Wildcat Love.
OK, so it is not sports. Who cares? It is about Trigg County and Wildcat couples, so I am going with it.
The column is also a testimony for marriage. Remember that the seven featured couples have been married for a total of 233 years. One of the attributes shared by the couples is their love of laughter. We were able to share several laughs at our dinner meeting last week. After I share a couple of their stories with you, I hope you will enjoy the gift of laughter, too.
The couple married the longest was Dale and Faye Henderson. Therefore, they should have the most stories to tell. Let me tell you, Faye did not disappoint. She was quick to tell about the time she and Dale double-dated with Jackie Davis and Jean Burns. The two couples decided to take in a Trigg County football game at Perdue Field. It was a frigid night, the kind that sends a chill through your bones. Apparently, Dale and Jackie told the girls they were going to get some coffee. They would be right back. This is where the story gets interesting. The guys went to the concession stand for coffee, right? Wrong! According to Faye, their wonderful dates went to the Cadiz Restaurant for coffee and left them freezing for quite some time before returning. Dale remembers the Cadiz Restaurant being sort of warm and toasty that night. Faye recalls, “The only thing colder than the weather that night was the temperature in the car on the way home.” I don’t think she meant the actually temperature, either.
Dale and Faye reminisced about how they could have a nice date for very little money in those days. They would drive their 1960 Chevy to eat at the Cadiz Restaurant. For a $1.75, they could get a hamburger steak, fries, salad and a drink. Add 50 cents each for the picture show and their entire date only cost them $4.50. (Hey Susie, how about a throwback night at the Cadiz Restaurant with prices like that? I bet you would have a full house.)
One of the neatest things about the Hendersons is that Faye never dated anybody else. It is also interesting to note that Dale cut bean sticks and gave them to her daddy to get in his good graces. Congratulations Hendersons on 42 years of marriage.
The couple married the second longest is Mike and Dorris McGill. They have been married 38 years. 1971 was such a bittersweet year for Dorris and Mike. On August 1, Dorris’s parents Gilmar and Janette Burgess celebrated their 20th anniversary. Just a few days later on August 6, Mike and Dorris were married. A mere 13 days later, Gilmar tragically died in a car accident.
Dorris remembers how they went to Paducah on their honeymoon night and stayed at the Holiday Inn. The official and initial honeymoon didn’t last long because Mike had to be back the next day for a softball game. However, don’t be so quick to count Mike McGill out as a classic romantic. I happen to have inside information as to how he prepared Dorris a candlelight steak dinner just this Valentines Day. He even brought out the best China for the occasion.
One more thing concerning the McGills honeymoon. Maybe it really never ended. They have always seemed to be one of the happiest couples anywhere. They just fit together, always have and always will.
John Gray and Laura Wiist graduated from Trigg County in 1971. They were married on August 11, 1973. They dated three and a half years before marrying. They started dating after a party at the Kylers house. They began going steady after the state basketball tournament in 1970.
John vividly remembers one thing about their first date. When he went to the house to pick up Laura, her father Basil Wiist met him at the door. “I remember how Laura’s dad picked up a yardstick and measured my lambchop sideburns.” They must have met specifications because John and Laura went on to enjoy a first date consisting of a drive in movie and dinner at McDonald’s.
The first two years of the Grays marriage was especially tough. John stayed home to begin his career while Laura attended nursing school at Western. It is probably good for the Grays that there wasn’t a toll on the road from Bowling Green to Cadiz. Thirty-six years later, they are still going strong.
Next week a look at the four remaining couples as well as the possible secret to the longevity of all the marriages. See you then.
OT: Correction to last week’s list. Should have read Marty and Pat Thomas Hunter.
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.