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many years ago i had friend...he was a feisty old journalist who published the Rockaway Beach Bell Bouy....i would see him often on Main Street walking hand and hand with his wife....so happy to be together....he wasn't a kid anymore.....but she was a young one by comparision....a May/December thing that seemed to be working.......i had invited them to Rockaway....my husband were taking care of his stepfather there.....

i hoped my friend would be able to connect their cable radio station to Falcon Cable on the coast...and play behind the community calender

well that never panned out so he started the paper instead

this is the story Bill tells of their meeting when we met him in central Oregon and an the explanation of the ol fellows love story with his younger wife....

when Bill met Elaine he was bartending at the VFW lodge in Lincoln City....he was a long term resident on the coast who had created and managed two midsized local papers....one in Depoe Bay....the Depoe Bay Foghorn.....and the Lincoln City Bell Bouy.....when his first wife had a stroke he had taken care of her for 10 years before she died....and lost the two newpapers he and his wife Olive created together in the process.....

as he made drinks behind the bar he was floundering......on the outside he was a cheerful fellow....on the inside he might as well been buried with Olive.....the love of his life....set in his heartscape as a bright "starry starry night"......a treasure he knew would be impossible to replace again in his lifetime.....

Elaine had epilepsy........and one day she had a Grand Mal seizure in the bar...... Bill rushed to her jerking body on the ground ....she wasn't drinking alcohol and only came in for cherry cokes....he turned her on her side 'til the jerking stopped and put her head in his lap and wiped the foam away from her lips....in that moment a father protector was born.....

he watched over her in the bar....took time off to see her home....and they just generally became best of friends....it lifted Bill's spirits to have someone to be kind to and connect with....Elaine was a cheerful little bird of a person....when she was with Bill he was always laughing about this or that funny thing he or she said.....

i would have PAID to watch them be in love....

THAT'S A BIG STATEMENT FROM ME !!!!

but that never occured to Bill....she was so young....30 years younger then he was....he had no intention of being labled the "Old Letch" around town !!!!!!

Elaine told Bill how much she loved him over a bowl of Campbell's Tomato Soup....she could boil water....make coffee ...and make soup....her epilepsy had left her with some mental impairment....

she explained why she thought they were a perfect match.....Bill could cook....she couldn't....they had lots of fun together....he wasn't afraid of her epilepsy....he was a mature noble kind man who had honored and had been devoted to his life and love with his first wife ...

which Elaine had decided made him the perfect man for her....

NOW IF THAT ISN'T JUST A MIRACLE tell me one better !!!!!

Bill on the other hand was not completely won over....and so he took Elaine out to the sand and waved his arm across the starry sky......"this is my feeling for Olive Elaine....she is my night sky...every star that's there is her....see how full it is .....i'm afraid there's no place there for you"

Elaine looked up and said...."yes Bill i see i can't be a star there.....but look....look....see the moon...i can be the moon "

she showed him the moon....and his universe revolved into a new orbit....one just as filled with love as his previous orbit had been......

~~SIGH~~

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Bill is 83 years old now...and he and Elaine have been successfully married for nearly 25 years

Feb. 21, 2010

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