By Marianna Boyce
We all experience them. More fleeting moments may be the first day of school or becoming a teenager. Ahh…we knew it all then, didn’t we?
What was your first job? Mine was working at Hardee’s in Lexington. It was there that I learned the value of an honest day’s work, and I actually had some fun along the way.
I also recall the purchase of my first car. My daddy wasn’t sold on it but I HAD to have it. It was a yellow Pontiac Sunbird and it was also a lemon! My daddy was right…again. Yellow was indeed, the perfect color.
The next car I bought was a brand new Mustang. Working at Hardee’s actually did pay my bills. It was my car payment, insurance, and gas money. I lived at home until I was married.
As for my first date with Gerry, he invited me to his ten year high school reunion. It was 1986 and I actually had just graduated high school myself. I probably should’ve been intimidated, but I wasn’t. I had a blast!
More pivotal moments…
Gerry and I married the following year.
I also became instant mom to a pretty, blonde haired, blue-eyed, independent, headstrong little girl. I was nineteen and she was eight! We both grew up together…God bless my sweet husband’s heart!
Pictured is Tiffany and me on my wedding day. I don’t recall if this was before or after we told her she couldn’t come with us on our honeymoon. Based on her stuck out tongue…probably after!
I gave birth to my son Cody nine months after Gerry and I were married. Yes…that was a close one! He was indeed a honeymoon baby! This is a story all in itself.
My promotion from mom to “GiGi” is a phenomenal moment in my life. Avery is now five and she is the mirror image of that pretty, blonde haired, blue-eyed, independent, headstrong little girl that Tiffany was when Gerry and I were first married. This is Avery sticking out her tongue too…just like her mama!
I’ve taken several amazing road trips across the United States of America. The most pivotal one was our Arizona adventure in June, 2016. This was the full-out, purely unadulterated, top down, wind in your hair, road trip!
I experienced an unforgettable pivotal moment the instant I arrived home from this whirlwind trip. I stepped out of the car and onto my driveway. My body immediately told me something was wrong.
My pain began in my feet and ankles. Gerry and Cody initially thought it was from being in the car for extended periods of time. Although that idea was worth entertaining, this pain was much different. Within two short weeks, this pain would quickly spread and intensify. I was completely blindsided. My life would never be the same.
It’s not so much the fleeting moments, but the pivotal moments in life that define who we are…good and bad! I do not want to forget my very humbling and intimidating journey, but I will not allow it to define me either.
No one has a perfect life, but life itself…It is a gift. God gives me breath, therefore I breathe, therefore I live. I will live life to the fullest!