My Heart is Broken

Discussion in 'Surfing' started by dingpatch, Mar 16, 2019.

  1. DanSan

    DanSan Well-Known Member

    Jun 7, 2012
    I wont even write..anything more than..
    Except to deepest condolences..
    If my lovey of 21 yrs..i so sorry ding..
  2. Basenji703

    Basenji703 Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Virginia Beach, VA
    I am so sorry. I send you my deepest condolences. I am without words.
  3. Driftwood

    Driftwood Well-Known Member

    Dec 2, 2014
    I am so sorry for your loss... It sounds like you had a wonderful run together.
  4. Artz

    Artz Well-Known Member

    Nov 22, 2018
    Ding I’m Down in Vero Beach. If you need anything. Let me know.
  5. takedown

    takedown Active Member

    Jun 26, 2017
    Eugene, OR
    Really sorry for your loss. I look forward to hearing stories about your partner when you are able to share.
  6. sightpoint

    sightpoint Well-Known Member

    Jan 28, 2014
    2' and onshore
    So very sorry for your loss. I sincerely hope you can find peace in this difficult time. Be well.
  7. BoardAddict

    BoardAddict Active Member

    Apr 6, 2015
    USA California
  8. dingpatch

    dingpatch Well-Known Member

    Apr 2, 2014
    Florida USA
    The following is fit for public discussion, , , ,

    Well, first off, the old adage that “the third time is the charm” is wrong. The Fourth Time is the Charm and I know that as a fact!

    I had seen her more than a few times over 14 years but, we finally did find each other in 1982.

    Nel (Janelle, and I was “Ward”) spent half her time on her grandparents farm while she was growing up. Her grandparent eventually set up “winter” shop in Clearwater, Florida and Nell would visit them there. She fell in love with Florida. She told her parents that she was going to move to Florida. They told her to save her money. Well, as she would have told you, she started baby sitting every kid within miles and saved her money. One day when she was 15 (1968), instead of getting on the bus to school, she got on a Greyhound to Florida! Her best childhood friend’s family had a beachfront condo here in Satellite Beach and that is where she ended up. Her mother soon came down from Detroit and took her back home. It was just down the street from where I grew up and also happened to be the same beach where I learned to surf! I did not meet her at the time but, we all knew that “that girl” ran away from Detroit. I damn near died when she told me that part of her story! This was the “First Time”.

    The Second Time was when she was in the Air Force. She joined when she turned 18 and perchance ended up here at Patrick AFB! As she told me this-and-that about her time at Patrick she mentioned that she had a VW Beetle; yellow with a black vinyl roof, and a (I forget but) Lincoln or Rolls Royce grill on the front. Oh, My, God! We knew who she was. She was Smoking, Traffic Stopping, HOT! As “surfers” we always hooted and honked at her when she drove down A1A! But, I never met her then.

    The Third Time was while working at old Documation in Palm Bay, circa 1979. I was the Maintenance Coordinator in the big (world ranked) machine shop and she was in charge of International Field Service repair/spare parts and supplies. She worked across the street in “corporate” and was always finely dressed. Again, she was smoking hot! Somebody in the machine shop would see her start to walk across the street to the assembly and stock room buildings and they would yell out “Here She Comes”!!! I have to assume that there are still nose prints engrained on the windows to this day. So, one day management asked me if I wanted some overtime working in the stock room pulling spares for field service. Sure, I’d like the extra cash. So, I show up at the stock room at the appointed time and, , , , there she is, , , , she is the one in charge! I was stunned and completely befuddled! I did not say a single word to her all night, although I could not take my eyes off of her! I only knew her as "Mrs. Fuller".

    The Fourth Time was IT. She had lived here in Suntree since 1978 with her first husband but, had divorced him. Our now good friend Dave had moved in next door to her. There was a girl where he worked that he had taken a liking too and one night at Happy Hour, with Nel in attendance, Dave tells his girl friend that Nel is looking for a house mate. She was not but, it came to be that Jackie moved in with her. Jackie is my cousin! Although we are not real cousins. We grew up across the street from each other and all the parents where “Uncle” and “Aunt”. We eventually figured out that her parents were “only children” and, as such, she could not have any real uncles/aunts/cousins! Anyway, , , , one night Jackie asked me to meet her and “the gang” at Brassy’s in Cocoa Beach. OK. I get there and there sits Nel! It was Jackie’s intent to “hook us up”, and it did come to pass. Jackie and the gang eventually got up and left without letting Nel or me know they were going. Jackie had driven Nel and it was up to me to drive Nel home, and from that moment in 1982 we were never again apart.

    37 years later I type this to you.
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019
  9. davey

    davey Well-Known Member

    Jun 9, 2007
    Chapter 1. Looking forward to hearing more stories of this amazing woman and the life you shared. Thanks..
  10. PeakMaster

    PeakMaster Well-Known Member

    Feb 15, 2004
    USA New Jersey CMC
    You two had a great go at it together. You know she wants you to carry on in that same do that.
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