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I grew up in a small town in Oklahoma, where my family was in business for two generations. Our extended family was either there or not far way, and it was a great place to be, growing up. I have a brother and a sister, both older than me, and we remain close, even though geographically we are far apart now. After graduating from high school, I opted to go to college and not go into the family business, a wise decision. My parents are gone now, but as it worked out, I was the child that was most involved in seeing after my Mom in her later years, as I became available from an early retirement. After Mom's passing, I left Oklahoma once again, and eventually returned to where I spent most of my adult life, Colorado Springs, Colorado. I have three grown children, two sons and a daughter, all doing well. They are all college graduates, are in career jobs, and I'm very proud of them. I have a great relationship with each, and we stay in touch, but I have let go, they are each living their own lives now. Oh, by the way, did I mention the grandchildren? There are several, all as cute as can be, of course. I could fill up this page.... but I guess I'd better shut this subject down, or I'll never get to anything else.

During the time I was in Oklahoma, I had a lake house built on a parcel of land I had purchased years earlier, in a lakefront development on Grand Lake in Northeast Oklahoma. Below is a photo of the house, and the view of the lake from the back deck is featured in the second photo. Alas, I couldn't stay there, I missed Colorado, and I had changed, I missed the Colorado lifestyle. I'll always treasure the years I was back home, but after Mom's passing, I sold the house and left Oklahoma, probably forever.

                                                  

Well, time to get to the punch line of this section. Yes, I have been married before, more than once. I remain on civil terms with my exes, and have no regrets. In each case, getting married was the right thing to do. Each ex was and still is a quality person, with many positives, but over time our relationship deteriorated, and in the end, breaking up was the only thing to do. People change, that's a fact, and sometimes it cannot be worked out, no matter how much you might want it to. I guess I'm a hopeless romantic, I still believe in love, and that marital bliss is possible. One lesson learned, a marriage takes effort and commitment, and it has to be #1 on your list, over kids, job, career, everything, or sooner or later it will falter. You don't have to do everything as a couple, but there has to be some quality time together on a regular basis.