How to render this woman speechless. (And we all know THAT isn't easy...)

Ray and I were getting to know each other, sharing our lives one story at a time.  Because he’s a bit older, he has quite a few more interesting stories than I do. 

And this man can tell a story.

He has a certain way of setting the scene, of capturing the essence of a character and making you feel like you are right there experiencing some of these antics right along with him!  And you know me, I ADORE a good story.

We were sitting on my couch when he shared a particularly emotional story.  He grew up in a small town in Kentucky that coincidentally  (or so I thought) had the same name as the small town my family ended up settling in when my father retired from the Navy.  My mother’s family was in Clearfield, and I think my father felt it was time to take the girl back to her “people.”

When Ray started telling the story I was surprised that his hometown had the same name as mine.  But that wasn’t going to be the only surprise. 

He shared that his father was a kiln worker for Lee Clay Products in Clearfield, Kentucky, and that they lived a very simple life.  (Something deep in my memory was awakened as I was listening to his tale.)  They lived in a small home not far from the factory and even though his parents were vary hard workers, they didn’t have much money.

His father contracted Shingles when he was only 43, and as a result of the incredible pain it caused he decided to end his own life.  I can’t even imagine the horror and pain inflicted on Ray and his mother, and listened intently as he finished his story. 

After his father’s death a man from Lee Clay Products drove down to Clearfield, Kentucky and collected money from the employees and representatives of the company and knocked on their front door.  He came into their home and presented them with the money, and let them know that if there was anything they needed that the company would help them in any way possible.  Ray said that the man’s name was Asbury Lee. 

I looked at him.

Asbury Lee?  ASBURY LEE?  He was my brother-in-law’s father, my sister’s father-in-law and the man that took ME in when I returned from California with a broken heart after being turned away from my own relatives.  He was, in many ways, the one man who seemed like a father to ME when I needed one so badly.

It was the same man.

I looked at Ray in complete shock. Sometimes I forget that there really are no coincidences in life;  only incredible, wonderful, amazing surprises.


HeatherF1 said...


#1Nana said...

You're right, there are no coincidences. It's destiny! I can't believe that the divorce isn't final yet. His evil black heart has to give out eventually!

Gigi said...

Sounds like fate to me. And I'm so very happy to hear that you are so very happy! xo

Sue said...

Yes my friend, I have always, without a doubt, believed that things in our lives always happen for a reason! I so, so hope that you are filled with happiness these days!

Take care,

Unknown said...

I am speechless.

Japolina said...

Love this. I really hope your divorce is finalized soon!

Kristi said...

Your divorce is only in second place from another friend's. Hang in there and I hope it ends sooner than later!! I multi-clicked on ads, hope it helps. Nice to "see"/hear you are happy!

Scope said...

You didn't mention running off screaming.

I'll take that as a good sign.

ChiTown Girl said...

Ho. Lee. Shit.


Just a little aside - while reading that his father decided to take his own life due the excruciating pain from Shingles, I totally understood. The single worst experience I've ever had...

Lynn said...


I have missed your stories!

Roshni said...

Wow!! That is incredible!

Michelle said...

I got chills, too! Incredible! ❤️❤️❤️❤️

Cora said...

Ooh! Goosebumps!

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