How could she have known walking into the pharmacy would change her life forever?

“Hello, little brother,” she greeted her sibling with a mischievous grin, knowing he hated that she was the eldest and not him.

“Droll, sister. What can I get you?”

Across the pharmacy, the dark-eyed pharmacist noticed the young woman. He wondered who she was. He had to meet her and invite her to the Pharmacy Fraternity Spring Dance.

The young pharmacist quizzed the boy behind the soda fountain counter. Before long, he had the girl’s phone number along with a not so veiled threat from the brother to treat his sister well. Or, he would answer to the protective sibling.

When the young woman answered the phone that night, the pharmacist introduced himself and said he worked with her brother at the pharmacy. Although her younger sibling’s macho posturing amused her, she knew he always had her back. So, she agreed to go on a coke date, which led to the fraternity spring dance.

He proposed after knowing her for two weeks, and she accepted. Time is immaterial when the heart recognizes its mate.

She thought it would be easier for him to finish Pharmacy School if they waited until he graduated to get married. According to him, she was wrong. Although she swore never to be a June bride, they were married the following June.

As luck would have it, she and the mayor’s daughter lived a block apart and wanted to get married in the same church on the same date and hour. Since Miss-I’ll-never-be-a-June bride booked the church first, the mayor’s daughter booked the hour after that.

Since the turnaround time between the two weddings was tight, the mayor’s daughter asked if she could decorate the church before the first ceremony. They agreed. Why would they pass up such an opportunity?

A family friend flew in from Minnesota to officiate at the first couple’s marriage. Somehow it slipped everyone’s mind to give the monsignor a ride to the reception. June in Oklahoma can be hot. And yet, the gracious priest not only walked across town to the bride’s family home for the reception but helped to direct people to the second wedding as well. He arrived just as his absence became apparent.

Before the pharmacist and his bride could drive off into the moonlit night, everyone took part in decorating their car with congratulatory and other quirky comments. So, several years later the couple traded in the car for a new one. When the dealer opened the hood, it still had Just Married painted in two-foot tall letters on the underside.

They honeymooned in San Antonio and Corpus Christi.

The couple went to a great seafood restaurant he liked in Corpus Christi. The food was delicious until he ate the last shrimp. He spent the rest of the night enjoying the results of food poisoning.

Before heading to the beach, she put on a new two-piece suit. To her horror, when it got wet, the suit became see-through. Every time people walked by, he told his bride to get in the water and wait in there until they were gone.

Aside from the slight glitch with the bathing suit and even though it was a cloudy day, the couple enjoyed their time on the beach. By the time they returned to the hotel, the bride had heat stroke along with an acute case of sunburn.

The worried groom took his bride to the emergency room where a pasty white British nurse lectured her on skin care and the hazards of spending a day on the beach without proper protection.

After administering a shot to ease her nausea, the couple left the hospital armed with pills should the nausea return. Their trip home included multiple barf stops. For the following two weeks, she walked around mimicking Frankenstein’s monster declaring to anyone within two-feet of her “Don’t touch me.”

The groom’s comment, “If we survived that honeymoon, the marriage would survive.”

Happy 51st Anniversary, Hubby.

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