By Roy M
In August 1985 I was a young American Soldier newly stationed in Frankfurt, Germany...
As a single young man of 19, I would go out adventuring my new surroundings to see the world.
My adventures would take me all over Frankfurt and the surrounding areas. Every weekend (when duties would allow), I would try to see as much as I possibly could of this new chapter of my life. Sometimes friends from the unit would join me but most times I would venture alone. Over time this got very lonely but I continued. I was not the kind of person that frequented the night life so much but occasionally I would join friends for a few drinks. This led me to a small bar in a part of Frankfurt that, unbeknownst to me would change my life forever.
I had been to the bar a few times on weekends and became friends with the owner. Since I was not such a fan of crowded bars, I would also go to the bar during the week, when possible, just to visit my friend. Well, one cool October evening I went to see my friend. It was around 7 pm on 31 October, 1985. After sitting and playing backgammon for a bit, the door of the bar opened and my life changed forever. At around 7:30 pm, the woman that would become my Queen entered the bar. I must admit, I never believed in "Love at first sight" but she made me a believer. I know what most think, "young soldier away from home with only one thing on his mind' - not the case with this encounter.
She wasn't looking for a "GI" and I wasn't looking for a "quick fling". She was friends with the bar owner's wife and had stopped in to see her.
Long story short, after now almost 34 years together I still truly believe that I am the luckiest man in the world.
Under Lucky Stars was an amazing way for me to show my "Queen" how much she really means to me.
I love you more today then I did yesterday, Rose.