(I have always thought that men were more romantic than women, and this story of how my parents met is good evidence for that. If you want my mother’s take on this same period, read my flash memoir “Spinster” in Flashes of Illumination. This happened after World War II, when my father came home from the Army Air Corps and decided to become a journalist instead of going back to being a sheep rancher.)
I had gone to work for the San Angelo Standard Times and was beginning to be comfortable with my new life. One morning I was sitting at my desk when Marie Peterman came in. She had been to the swimming pool before coming to work. Her hair was braided. She went to her desk with a great deal of confidence. She was slender and stood erect while checking the papers on her desk. It hit me between the eyes. I had not met her and yet I knew she was the one.
My Uncle Max came in and said to me: “What is going on?” I replied: “Do you see that girl over there?” He looked and replied: “What about her?” I told him: “I am going to marry her.” He took another look and said: “What is her name?” I replied: “What difference does that make?”
We were married in the old stone Episcopal church in San Angelo in front of an estimated 300 relatives and friends. We resigned from the Standard Times and took the summer off by going to Ruidoso, New Mexico.
After that we went to Oklahoma City where I had a connection with the executive editor of the Daily Oklahoman. He talked to us for a while and then offered me a job. Then he turned to Marie and said, “How would you like to be society editor?” She leaped to her feet and said, “Go to hell.”
At that point I knew we would have to move to a city with two newspapers. I considered New York City. We ended up in Houston where she went to work at the Chronicle and I went to work at the Post.
Writing runs in the family, obviously. Flashes of Illumination, a collection of my short-short fiction, is now available here from Book View Cafe. This 52-story ebook collects the flash fiction I published weekly during the first year of Book View Cafe, and adds in a few later stories as well.
My novella Changeling remains available as an ebook through Book View Cafe. It’s a coming of age story.
Both books are $2.99 and available in four DRM-free formats: mobi, epub, and pdf.