Mom was talking to her sister-in-law yesterday, one of the last living relatives that she still keeps in contact with. My aunt Helen is her lifeline to all of the family gossip back in Newport, TN where my mom is from.
Aunt Helen told her something her son Gary had said about my Dad long ago: “He is such a nice guy. Jane sure knows how to pick husbands.”
Mom beamed when she told me. And while Mom and Dad’s marriage wasn’t exactly storybook material, it was a solid, sweet and supportive union until the very end.
So yes, Mom chose well when she finally decided to get married. Dad didn’t fare too poorly either.
Perhaps I’m the luckiest of all, being the only child of their union.