It was the year 1968... For you sports fans, it was the year of Super Bowl II where the Green Bay Packers beat the Oakland Raiders 34-14. For you music lovers, it was the year Otis Redding released (Sittin' on) the Dock of the Bay. For all you statistic lovers:
-Average Cost of a new house $14,950.00
-Average Income per year $7,850.00
-Average Monthly Rent $130.00
-Gas per Gallon 34 cents
-Average Cost of a new car $2,822.00
-Movie Ticket $1.50 and
-Minimum Wage was $1.50
This was the year that I fell in love with Preacher's Wife.
It was the month of May and I had just graduated from Howe High School. I was working at a local Enco full-service gas station waiting for my active duty orders from the Navy. It was a slow night and almost closing time when a car pulled up to the pump for service. I approached the window and ask how I could be of service when I saw her for the first time. I had seen her many times before because we attended the same High School, but I saw her this night for the first time. You see when I was in school I had always gone after the older more mature and experienced women. I knew her only as a young saintly, naive underclassman. I had not been the least bit interested in her. It was as if she didn't exist. She was not even on my radar. BAM! It hit me. Something had happened. Something was different. I filled her car with gas and she drove away, but I couldn't get her out of my mind. Would I ever see her again? And if I did would I see her the way I saw her that night?