The reason? Like most every one of my blood relatives (and that includes me), he is clearly marrying above his head! His beautiful bride Morgan is a wonderfully mature young lady who exhibits a marvelous combination of charm, class and responsibility. Brady, my nephew, is indeed blessed to have her as a spouse.
To make certain he is aware of this, and to keep him humble, I thought I would post the following well known anecdote this day…
There's a charming story that Thomas Wheeler, CEO of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, tells on himself. He and his wife were driving along an interstate highway when he noticed that their car was low on gas. Wheeler got off the highway at the next exit and soon found a rundown gas station with just one gas pump. He asked the lone attendant to fill the tank and check the oil, then went for a little walk around the station to stretch his legs.
As he was returning to the car, he noticed that the attendant and his wife were engaged in an animated conversation. The conversation stopped as he paid the attendant. But as he was getting back into the car, he saw the attendant wave and heard him say, "It was great talking to you." As they drove out of the station, Wheeler asked his wife if she knew the man. She readily admitted she did. They had gone to high school together and had dated steadily for about a year.
"Boy, were you lucky that I came along," bragged Wheeler. "If you had married him, you'd be the wife of a gas station attendant instead of the wife of a chief executive officer."
"My dear," replied his wife, "if I had married him, he'd be the chief executive officer and you'd be the gas station attendant."
On a serious note, I remind my nephew of the words of Solomon, spoken by inspiration of the Lord so long ago (Proverbs 18:22, New Living Translation): “The man who finds a wife finds a treasure, and he receives favor from the LORD.”
Congratulations, Brady and Morgan! We love you!
STORY SOURCE: http://www.smalleymarriage.com/resources/stories.php?catI
D=35&resID=309. Story originally appeared in Bits and Pieces, January 9, 1992, pp. 3-4. It is most often cited in: Canfield, Jack and Mark Victor Hansen, Chicken Soup for the Couple’s Soul (Deerfield Beach, Fl.: Health communications, 1999), pp. 167-168.