Nothing Stops True Love

This week we’re talking about family stories. I love listening to stories about my family. Ever since I was little if someone was telling stories I was there, hanging on to every word. There are so many stories that have been passed down.
In fact, I told one to the genetic counselor that my son and I had to see last week. She was asking about our medical history before she ordered tests to be done (in the hopes of finally discovering what is going on with Quin). I mentioned Celiac Disease and she asked if anyone else in the family had it.
“Oh yes, my great-grandma had it as well.”
Doctor, “That’s unusual that they diagnosed that back then.”
I continued on, “She was so severely ill and in the hospital that they thought she was dying. They sent for her son who was in the Navy. My great-grandma used to tell us that he RAN all the way home from Chicago to be at her side. Eventually they discovered that it was Celiac Disease. She never did know that he had hitchhiked home to be with her.”

Everyone knows how Grandpa Schroeder (dad’s dad) lied about his age so he could join the Navy to fight in WWII. He was only seventeen, you can tell in his Navy photo that he was so very young. None of us know what happened while he was at war as he NEVER spoke of it.

A story that has become a favorite is how my parents met. One day my mom was out for a drive in the country with her family when she saw a handsome cowboy riding a dancing horse down the side of the road. My mom knew then that she was going to marry that boy someday. She ended up sitting behind him in the school auditorium not long after. Her family and friends did not approve of him because he was a country kid. My mom was even sent to visit her brother in an attempt to separate her and my dad. Her parents didn’t want her to marry a farmer. The two of them were madly in love. They married when he was 18 and she was 17 (a little over a month before her 18th birthday). Even though they were married my mom was told she could not take him to her senior prom because he had graduated the year before. So mom skipped the prom. They’ve been happily married ever since, they just celebrated their 50th anniversary a few weeks ago and they still act like two lovestruck teenagers. I’ve always loved hearing their story. Now my kids love hearing it as well. What makes it even more beautiful is seeing how much in love they are to this day.

About Angela Schroeder

Angela Schroeder is a single mother of three. She was born and raised in Iowa in a river town known for its pearl buttons. Having four siblings, she never lacked for someone to play with. As she grew older, she found herself pulled into books and writing more and more. Her parents are her heroes, her siblings her confidants and tormentors, and her children are a wonderful blessing. Church is important to her children and her. They enjoy the friendships they’ve made with the people there. Writing has always been a passion. Her first experience was in fifth grade when she went to a one-day writing conference. After that she knew it was something she wanted to pursue.
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6 Responses to Nothing Stops True Love

  1. kathleenbee says:

    I love the story of your parents’ romance!

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  2. Jeff Salter says:

    Great family story — love at first sight… she spotting him showing off on his horse. It’s a shame they couldn’t go to the prom together. Glad that they’ve had a happy marriage all these years.

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    • I don’t understand why they wouldn’t let him go with her. She told me that she asked them what she was supposed to do and they told her to “take someone else” she couldn’t believe that they said that to her so she just didn’t go.


  3. Great stories. I used to listen intently when the elders spoke, and my mother told a lot of stories.
    The one thing that amazes me is that your mother was allowed to attend school back then when she was married. A few years before that would have happened, a friend of my sister’s wore a thin gold band under another ring to school. She was pulled out of class, sent to the principal and counselor, who grilled her to see if she was married.They made her mother go to the school to swear that she was not married so that she go back to her classes.


  4. Elaine Cantrell says:

    That’s so sweet about your parents. It makes a great family story expect for the prom part.

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