I was trying to take a nap and as usual, I was having trouble falling asleep. So, I began thinking about intellectual questions. Since I am not very deep, I came across a thought that stumped me enough to get out of bed and type it on my computer. What is the Greatest Night of your Life? To make the question even more trickier to answer try to come up with an evening that does not involve your family in any way. Your wedding ceremony, the birth of a child, Valentine’s night with your spouse are all off limits. Let’s make this interesting!
The first thing I did as I lay there counting sheep was eliminate those evenings that would not make the winning experience. For example, my high school graduation night was forgettable. I never went to my prom, so that was out. I did win one of my Emmy awards at night but I missed the ceremony because I was in rehab to see if I had any addictions. According to the two psychiatrists who examined me, the answer was no. Whew!
Let’s see…I did a stand up comedy routine with Billy Graham in front of 28,000 people in a football stadium. That was pretty cool. I saw my first Beach Boy concert at Colorado State University. It was AWESOME! Unfortunately, it was in the afternoon. I made my debut on ABC television in New York City but that was in the morning. Hmm…this is not easy, is it?
Are you faring any better here? Have you come up with the night of your life, yet?
My greatest date ever was with a college student in San Francisco for the DAY. We had lunch in Sausalito, rode the cable car, listened to jazz in Ghiardelli square, had dinner at Fisherman’s Wharf but by the time it got dark we were done thanks to three bottles of wine…
I have had great dates over the years but no one girl stood out enough to make it the most memorable night of my life. I was all-church league in basketball but getting the award wouldn’t even crack my Top Twenty List. The trophy was so small I doubt I still have it.
Buying my first car was in the afternoon. My first great kiss was after playing tennis around three o’clock. Wait a MINUTE! I think I have it…
I flew to Atlanta from Denver after proposing to my soon to be wife, Becky McElroy, in Roswell, Georgia! I had never met anyone like her and to my surprise and shock she agreed to marry me. She was incredible…beautiful brown eyes, cute little freckles on her nose, graceful and gracious, a warm smile…she was Becky Thatcher in real life. The girl next door with a small town flair. We went to Bailey, Banks and Biddle Jewelers at the mall and she picked out her ring. We went to dinner. I hardly ate a thing. All I could do was look across the table at her and say to myself, “I am the luckiest man in the world!” It was magical.
That was the greatest night of my life.
Under the rules, you are allowed to use a girlfriend, a boyfriend or a friend.
Our marriage lasted fifteen years. It was easily the longest relationship of my life. That is why that night was so great. It jump started romance and reality for me. For once, I ALMOST had a successful relationship with a woman. How cool is that? I love remembering that evening.
I think I am ready for another greatest night. I am tired of TV dinners…
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