Once upon a time, two children met,
The boy, an only child, was shy and sweet,
The girl (with siblings two), would ne’er forget
The place and time this boy and she did meet.
In 4th grade classroom daily they would greet
each other ‘midst the chalkboard dust, and share
A secret wave or smile from distant seats,
And “Sister” smiled, as well, to see this pair.
As “Sister” planned a Christmas skit, prepared
with many roles, where all could play a part,
The dolls in Santa’s workshop, pretty, cared
not for “Rag Doll” and her fragile heart.
But “Chauffeur” saw her charm and seized the day
And “B❤️J”… six decades hence he stayed.
While strolling around the glacier lake at Mohonk Mountain House a few weeks ago, we sat on a bench with these carved initials (featured photo), which harkened back to school days at St. John’s, where we met. We had the leading roles in the Christmas play; when I bemoaned the fact that a Rag Doll (my character) would never win Santa’s favor. Chauffeur (his character) replied: ” If I were the judge you would!”
We were married in St. John’s Church on August 26, 1967.
“Light and Shade” and “The Woven Tale Press”.