You Got Lucky When You Met Joan

(Click on pictures to zoom) It was an amazing romantic encounter so very intense The moment I saw her eyes I began to lose my sense She walked up the stairs to meet me for a blind date When I look back I believe this was meant to be by fate The stars, planets and energy fields were aligned just right When both of us were brought within each other’s sight This beautiful and graceful modern dancer by chance to meet From a friend named Hal who gave me an invitation so sweet I said no at first thinking it a waste of time looking forlorn As I was going to the bay area for law school tomorrow morn This was going to be my last night at Cal State Long Beach A lively wonderful woman was surely way out of reach Having had blind dates from many a considerate friend Who would apologize later when it was another dead end But now was a different time and much to my surprise When those divine mysterious forces were summoned to arise And carefully place this lovely creative vivacious beauty Before an awaiting Annapolis grad who always did his duty For eight and a half years until he resigned his commission But on this fateful day had an unforgettably joyful collision Dark shimmering hair, sense of humor, very intelligent too Adventurous, a love of reading and children, a heart so true She made me feel important liked my photographs and slides Our chance meeting established she had the best life provides Lucky for me she had just finished a summer session of dance Tomorrow I‘d be in San Francisco it would be my last chance To learn enough about her to see if this could possibly be A kind and loving person who would share her life with me Our conversation seemed so natural as she set me at ease I was magically confident and somehow knew how to please Not the usual awkward athlete when time was so fleeting Everything went so smoothly from the very first greeting She was only twenty one and came from Oak Park Illinois I also from that state at Morgan Park a nine pound baby boy Eight years older but our birthdays were only a day apart The relationship continued building momentum from the start We both loved music, the outdoors, and having lots of fun And each of us left cold Chicago for the California sun She had an exceptionally warm smile that grabbed me right away When I hugged and kissed her that very special fateful day   Could our angels have been planning this encounter all along? When I think about our meeting it makes my heart sing a song “You got lucky” Dan when you met your lovely Joan She came into your life when you were all alone Then I asked her to come with me to see the Golden Gate And decide to live with me in Berkeley before it was too late She looked at me and smiled in response to this impulsive plan And I could hear my heart skip a beat as she said, “Yes, Dan” So off to the Frisco Bay we sped in my white corvette Stingray I will always be grateful for that wonderfully beautiful day And now that I am seventy two and she is sixty-four We are parents of three amazing children and what’s more We have three grandchildren and another on the way And are thankful for the blessings of each and every day We still love each other no matter what the day brings When I remember my meeting her that day my soul sings (Click to read: it will zoom)

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About Daniel C. Lavery

Dan’s writing shows his transformation from a child to an athlete and a Duke pre-ministerial student where he began to question ancient and arbitrary dogma. He graduated from Annapolis, navigated a Navy jet, and a ship to Vietnam, fell in love, turned peace activist and a civil rights lawyer for Cesar Chavez's UFW. His memoir, "All the Difference," describes the experiences, some humorous and others deadly, that changed his consciousness from a pawn to an advocate crusading for justice against some of the most powerful forces in America.

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