On March 5th, 2004, I met Dorothy Lee Porter after I have not seen her since 1989 at the Decatur Public Transit Center. I walked up to her and asked her if she was dating anyone, and she told me no. so I asked if she wanted to go with me and she told me that she would think about it. so after that day, where ever I went she was there. surprisingly we kept bumping in to each other. So we decided to have a couple of dinner dates. I would fix dinner in my apartment on E. North, St. have her come over and we would eat dinner together. a week later, she would fix dinner, call me over and as soon as I arrived there, I had dinner with her. There was a surprise waiting for me after I got done eating dinner at her house on N. Monroe, St. After I finished eating dinner with her, I told her that I would take the dishes in the kitchen to the sink. When I got ready to go in the kitchen to put them in the sink, I stepped on something sharp. Dorothy told me to take my shoe off. she looked and told me that it was her sewing needle. NOTE: Remember Aesop Fables? CHECK THIS OUT!! After she told me that it was her sewing needle, I told her that if she took that needle off my foot, I would be her friend for life, and that I would do anything she would ask me. So she took the needle out, and I told her that she was now my very best friend and asked her what she wanted. She told me that she would like for me to come live with her. So I told her that I already had an apartment and that if I moved out, I would have to move the end of the month. So it was the middle of the month and I thought what could it really hurt. for one thing, it hurt my security deposit, plus other things. So I asked around and I could not get someone to move my things. Until I talked with one of the former members of Central United Methodist Church, he told me that he would be glad to and that he would not charge me. so we got everything moved into Dorothy’s house. After I lived there about one year, we decided that we wanted to get married. so I called my family and my sister in law said that we could not get married because it would hurt our Social Security. So I told her that I loved her very much and that Dorothy was looking very forward to doing this. So my sister in law said that we can get married but it would have to be like a Commitment Ceremony, where it would not hurt or touch our Social Security. so we ended up with a Commitment Ceremony on May 28th, 2005. It was terrific. for years after the ceremony, we did what every married couples do, we got in tons of arguments. so we had to end our relationship together on January 4th, 2008. But that really did not stop how much we really meant to each other. to this day, we really love each other. We went from Boyfriend-Girlfriend, to a comitted marraige, then to friends. We will remain friends, till the very end. On Wed. Feb. 15th, 2012 she will celebrate her 50th birthday with a special lunch & dinner.

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