Happy Valentine’s Day 2020

This week’s story is about a very special person in my life. First, I want to thank Bob and Lisa Hale for introducing me to Kristi. I’m not sure what she did that made them want to subject her to meeting me, but it worked out great for me so I’m okay with it.

We met at a Hillcrest football game, and my first impression was, “She is way too good looking for me!” But my opinion on that is simple. If I can get someone that beautiful to go out with me, that means I win. We had a great time talking, and I asked her if she would be interested in going to dinner sometime. She gave me her number and I told her I would call.

For our first date, we went with Bob and Lisa to a show at the Colonial Theater, and then to dinner at Applebee’s. I’m not sure what the show at the Colonial was supposed to be about, but it was a little bazaar. There was a scene where it appeared to me one of the actors was exiting the body of an animal as fertilizer. Since this is a family story, I am using the term fertilizer instead of the obvious. I wondered if I was the only one who interpreted it that way. I understand this was supposed to be some kind of an artistic statement, but my thought was “I clearly don’t understand this fertilizer!” I was relieved that Kristi had the same analysis as me. We had a good laugh and I realized she has a terrific sense of humor.

When we first started going out, my focus was on the Foundation and keeping Shannon’s memory alive. Kristi was very supportive and understanding. As my life moved forward, I realized just how selfless and supportive she is. I have often thought about my focus on Shannon, and I’m not sure if the situation was reversed, I could have been as supportive and understanding as Kristi is. But Kristi has always been the first one to volunteer and assist in any of the events for the Foundation. She is amazing that way and it’s one of the things I love the most about her.

Since we have met, I have watched her compassion and love for others. I have witnessed the support she is always ready to give to anyone that needs it. I have observed the complete and pure love she has for her family, especially her two sons. I have seen so many times her acts of selflessness and putting other people’s needs ahead of her own.

I am so grateful to have her in my life. I am especially grateful for the respect and love she has for everyone in my family. I wanted to tell everyone what an incredible, wonderful woman she is. Kristi, thank you for all the love, support, and patience you have given me. My life now is wanting to be the kind of man you can be proud of. Thank you for being my sweet Valentine. I Love You!

I hope all of you had a great Valentine’s Day and enjoyed the time with your sweethearts. Thanks for reading.

Next week: NBA All-Star weekend.

P.S. When Kristi first met Cassidy, it took all of two minutes for them to team up against me. I should have seen that coming.