Fouke Arkansas

The Honeymoon that Almost Didn’t Happen

The Best Part is What the State Trooper said.

Wire Editor Newman
5 min readJun 5
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The Honeymoon That Almost Did Not Happen

The best part was, What the State Trooper said…

Years ago, when I was in the seventh grade, my Mom fell in love again, and married my Step-Dad. I could talk for days about how I felt having a new man in my house, playing the part of my new Dad. However, it is what this man told me later, that changed my opinion of him and this whole situation.

I was in my room, trying to be alone. This new man was in the living room watching TV with my mom. I am sure she cooked him the best TV dinner he had ever had. I needed some space, like outside kind of space.

I excused myself as I walked in on their supper, and made some lame excuse about going to the church gym. I got on my bicycle and rode to the church to talk to the youth pastor. On Wednesday nights, he stayed late to talk to the youth in the gym.

I got to talk to our youth pastor that night, and he assured me everything was going to be alright. He also assured me this new man will never replace your Dad completely, but on the other hand, doesn’t your Mom deserve to be happy?

I never thought about it like that. I rode my bike home in tears. I did not want to be a stumbling block between Mom and her happiness. This new man saw me walk into my room in a hurry, and he followed me. He asked if he could come inside. “Sure, why not.”

He told me pretty much what the Youth Pastor told me. He added he loved my Mom, and they were getting married. He further told me, “I am not your Dad, I will never be your Dad. But I would like to be that Father figure, to help you through life.” For some reason that made a lot of sense to this 7th grader.

We have been a great Step-Father and Son team, ever since.

A few days later,

They had their wedding at our church, and they were off on their honeymoon. Back then, I did not know what that all entailed, and I still do not want to know what all that entailed.



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