We weren’t cheating but there was someone we tried to avoid. Let me start at the beginning, I was 19 life was good. I was having a good time. I was living with my brother and sister-in-law and my nieces. I had a good job and plenty of free time. That’s where I was when I met Ron. He was older, handsome and in the Army. Ron was an MP and his company had the opportunity to be extras in a movie with John Lithgow Resting Place filmed at Ft. McPherson. Since they got paid to be extras there were lots of young men with extra money, needless to say there had to be a party. They rented a cabin at Lake Altoona and after purchasing food and much too much alcohol we made our way to the Lake. When Ron came to pick me up he had a friend with him, Wayne. Have you ever met someone and known you were destined to be together (at least for awhile)? That’s what happened. It was a long time ago (1985 ) so the memories aren’t perfectly clear, but I think Ron went into the store to pick up a few things and left Wayne and I in the car and by the time Ron came back our fates were sealed. Well before Friday night wa over Wayne and I were together Ron was not happy and I can’t say for certain if he left Friday night or Saturday morning. I was 19 and in love I didn’t care. Wayne and I had to get a ride home with one of the other guys on Sunday. We were the couple that would annoy me to no end today, we took PDA to new heights.
Wayne and I spent as much time as we could together being an MP and working security type details he worked odd hours. I was a telephone operator and worked odd hours but when we could find time we were together. Soooo Why Secret Lovers? We didn’t hide anything, but we did try to avoid Ron as much as possible (he outranked Wayne) and there was their female Sargent who was Ron’s friend and seemed to have it in for Wayne. The other reason is the line “In the middle of making love we notice the time, we both get nervous cause it’s way after 9:00” makes me think of all the times rushing to the base to get him to work on time because we’d waited to the very last minute to leave.
I was living with my brother and sister-in-law and my two nieces at the time. Wayne was so sweet to my older niece (he would have been to the younger but she was a tiny baby) we took her to the park and he helped her feed the ducks. He was so sweet that when he left his jacket at our apartment DeAnne picked it up and hugged it to her and said, “This is my boyfriend’s jacket.” Kids and dogs they say are the best judges of character. She loved him. I loved him life was good.
What went wrong? Why didn’t it last? It’s actually pretty crazy, it was the days before cell phones and even pagers for the most part. We didn’t have e-mail or Facebook. Wayne lived in the barracks and a pay phone was the only way I had to get in touch with him. My brother and sister-in-law were moving to Florida I moved in with a roommate and got a new number. I left messages for him can’t swear that he got them. We just lost touch. Sad sad sad. If I had it to do over I would have gone to the base and found him. But I can’t fret over what might have been I just enjoy the sweet memories and wonder every once and awhile what’s he doing now.