Shock and Awe

Start at the beginning… Part 1

My family greeted me with smiles and hugs. Everyone was anxious to hear how my trip to Pennsylvania had been. We all gathered in the family room and my family listened as I recounted my trip. Long-haired hippie sat next to me in silence on the love seat (ironic isn’t it?). The small talk went on for about 45 minutes, which was probably the longest 45 minutes of my life. I couldn’t quite bring myself to tell my family what I had done.

Finally I said something like, “Well, I got married.” Then I passed out. Okay, kidding, I didn’t pass out, but I wish I would have in order to miss what happened next.

My father, very calmly said, “To someone we know?”

Long haired-hippie raised his hand and said, “Me.”

I think they would have been happier had I married Osama Bin Laden… my sister immediately started crying. My dad settled into his seat in preparation for what was to come and I can’t remember exactly what my mother said, but I am sure it was nice and encouraging… because that is just the kind of person she is.

My brother sat in his seat smiling…..

Honestly the rest of the night is a blur, and for that I am thankful. My dad never raised his voice, although I am sure he wanted to kill one of us… probably long-haired hippie, but who knows. After a few minutes my dad looked long-haired hippie straight in the eye and said,

“Did you know she listens to Rush Limbaugh?”

And of course he didn’t know that I listened to Rush, because, well we didn’t know each other. Long-haired hippie looked at me with surprise. We had been married for about 3 hours and our first argument was going to be over Rush, this was starting so well.

My dad then spent what seemed like an eternity telling us why we couldn’t get married. The sad part was I agreed with 95% of what he was saying, but because I hate to be wrong, I argued against most of his points.

Finally my mom looked at my dad and said something about him needing to stop talking because what was done was done and nothing he said could change anything. Then she got up from her seat, walked towards long-haired hippie and said,

“Welcome to the family!”

And with that she walked over and gave dh (long-haired hippie) a big hug.

It was around this time I realized I wasn’t going to be sleeping at parent’s house that night, even though I really wanted to. I couldn’t imagine going back to the dirty apartment occupied by a crazy blind man with someone I didn’t really know. Why this thought didn’t occur to me 12 hours earlier I am not sure, but nonetheless my dad made it clear that I had created this mess and I was going to live with it. I went to my old room, packed a few things and left the house, wondering if I would ever be welcome there again.

Part 6 – Moving Out, Moving In, and Moving Out


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  1. Oh my goodness!! I cannot imagine how difficult this all must have been. I cannot wait to read more.

  2. Oh my!!

    You are just killing me with all of these cliff-hangers!! Do we really have to wait until NEXT WEEK?!?!?! Finish now, pretty-pretty please!!

  3. I’ve been waiting all day for this! I’m most looking forward to reading of his conversion(that is, if he did convert). I hope you can bring us up to present day! Inquiring minds want to know!

  4. I am a constant lurker on your site and am loving reading your history. Can’t wait to read what happened next!!

  5. Black Heels to Tractor Wheels has nothin’ on you and long-haired hippie!

  6. You like prolonging the suspense, don’t you! I am waiting with bated breath! I so want to see a pic of “long haired hippie” back then.

  7. Next week?! How are we supposed to wait that long?? You are killing me here. Absolutely killing me.

  8. I know you can’t type this up in one long post, but I continue to groan each time I get to the “to be continued” line.

    What an amazing story to have lived to tell about. 🙂

  9. OH WOW! What good parents you have! I hope they now love your DH. I’m with Katherine, do we really have to wait until next week??

  10. I am lovin’ you more and more, ya know that? 🙂

  11. I can’t believe how hooked I am on this…it’s like LOST but better! lol

  12. I can’t wait for the next piece of the puzzle!

  13. Southern Gal says:

    This really should be made into a movie. Can’t wait for the next installation.

  14. Your mom’s reaction is, well, so your mom!! She is awesome. Actually, everyone’s reaction fits them perfectly, even dh’s.

  15. Thank you for sharing your story! I love reading other people’s stories! I can’t wait for Monday! =)

  16. You have me sitting on the edge of my seat!

  17. I remember this night well. Good times.

  18. I can only imagine how hard that was to tell them. I definitely would have wanted to pass out, too, or be transported out of there real quick. Can’t wait to hear the rest! You have us all at the edge of our seats…..

  19. Oh dear, no wonder your heart still gives out on you when you type this 16 years later! haha

    I love your mom’s reaction. That would be mine too, I hope!!! 🙂

    My dad was NOT happy when he found out Kevin and I were getting married, either. Of course we were only 18 and 19 years old!! LOL

  20. This has been such an engaging and intriguing story! Can’t wait for next week!!

  21. I have to say this has been one of the most interesting “How we met” stories I have ever read.

  22. Wow. I have to admit your parents handled it alot better than mine would have. My dad would have had a fit and my mom would have been sobbing that she missed the wedding. What grace your parents showed. I only wish I could be that gracious if it happened to me.

  23. I will be waiting on pins and needles until next week. You aren’t taking President’s Day off from blogging are you?

  24. I had to come and check today to see what happened! Too funny, Rush Limbaugh!!! I want to know if crazy blind guy was really crazy..I’m guessing no but I can’t wait to hear!

  25. I’m really enjoying your story! Can’t wait to see how you’ve come to where you are now! And why, oh, why do you leave us hanging like this each time? 🙂

  26. You’ve got to be kidding!! Come on, I’m dying here!

  27. oh this is just TOOOOO good… and none of my daughters will ever read it cause i don’t want them getting ANY ideas in their pretty little heads 🙂 but i SO have to link to these posts on my blog. is that ok to do???

    your poor parents, lol.

  28. I can so visualize Todd through that whole thing….smiling! What a story T…I love ya!

  29. I can imagine that it was so shocking for everyone. It is a wonderful story though.

  30. I can not imagine it. I have to hear more.

  31. Oh my! Just got to read it all in one sitting. Love it! Just as good, if not better than PW’s story. Thanks for sharing!

  32. I love it! I love the whole story, it is awesome. And your telling them “Well, I got married” is how I told my parents I was pregnant. “So, I’m pregnant.” I was married, but still the shock. I mean really, why beat around the bush right?

  33. Ok, the oddness of this story has me laughing out loud. Wow. I am sure you two can laugh about it now.

  34. Is it party time, yet?

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