First my mother: she kept me out of the grave and out of reform school, lol, not an easy trick.
My earliest memory of mom is her chasing a
would-be burglar across the front with a Browning shotgun, pausing ever so many feet to cuss at him and fire off another shell, lmao - I kid you NOT!
My sisters, all six of them. It could be hell being the youngest and male and pretty much house bound a lot. Their periods all got synchronized as
women do when living in the same house. I felt like a rabbit in a wolf den for 5 days a month, but each one would have killed to keep me safe as a
little kid. As I got older and healthier, a lot of ex-husbands and ex-boyfriends found out I felt the same way about my sisters.
My ex-wife. I have never to this day met a kinder, more gentle or more caring woman. Beauty and empathy for all creatures great and small dripped from
her fingertips as you or I might breathe. Never marry a very special friend; you run the risk of losing that friendship. I am thankful I didn't lose
my friend even when the marriage didn't work out; too much time away on deployments. Talk to her all the time, love her always. I'd die to save her
and she would do the same for me. I'm lucky.
Other very special women, most of whom I have worked with, who discovered it was a lot harder to embarrass me as a guy due to my familiarity with the
fairer sex. Lots of laughs and good times with so many women I've worked with. You don't forget your real buds.
My Ladylove. She's last on this list because it's hardest to describe her. She opens her eyes and it is literally like the sun coming up after a
dark night. Words really fail sometimes. Kind and gentle. Like me, she'll rescue those little jumping spiders most are afraid of and put them out of
harm's way, or a stray moth. We've tore the wall molding up to get a trapped mouse out.
She has no idea what a profound effect she has on people. Tough as nails when needed, and a damned good shot, unarmed she has faced down men twice her
size to wrest a kid from an abusive situation, and I don't mean a kid that gets his or her bottom paddled. And she's done it without police help.
Funny and warm and beautiful, she is a magnet for all the misfits. She is the magnet to my steel.