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AN UNUSUAL LOVE STORY How I Met My Wife, Edith
“Food is symbolic of love when words are inadequate.” —Alan D. Wolfelt
introduced us, and I sat down in front of a bowl of pozole. To tell you the truth, Edith’s mom just stared at me while we talked and I ate. I was already nervous from the constant stares when I bit into something really crunchy. Since I had never eaten pozole before, I wasn’t sure if the crunchy bit was something I was supposed to eat, so I asked Edith’s mom what was in the bowl. Edith translated for her mom, and for the first time that evening, she smiled at me and told me she had cooked a very special meal for her husband’s birthday: pig’s ear. When Edith relayed the message to me, I didn’t even flinch. Instead, I smiled, told her it was delicious, and quietly moved the secret ingredient to the side of the bowl. From that moment on, Edith’s mom and I became great friends. “When Edith and I first met, it was under unusual circumstances.” To this day, if I find myself hungry and home alone, all I have to do is walk across the street to my mother-in-law’s house and she will happily cook me a meal. Although there is a small language barrier between us — and I often find Edith’s mom talking about the moon while I’m talking about the sun — she is one of my best friends. I love many things about Edith. She is full of energy and fun, and she’s a social butterfly. Edith has so much love for people, and we get along exceptionally well. I have never met a
family like hers. They are so kind and generous, and I am forever grateful for their love. When my parents died, Edith’s family made up half of the funeral attendees, and after the services, they reassured me they are my parents just as much as they are Edith’s. I couldn’t have asked for a better wife, better kids, or a better family to marry into. Edith and I have been married for a little over 12 years, and we have three beautiful children together. “You are the finest, loveliest, tenderest, and most beautiful person I have ever known — and even that is an understatement!” –F. Scott Fitzgerald
When Edith and I first met, it was under unusual circumstances. I was friends with her cousin, who referred Edith to me as a family law client. We were introduced at a restaurant, where I was able to interview Edith about her life, her marriage, and what she wanted out of her future. Although the interview was professional in nature, I got to know Edith very well before going on an actual date. Even though I was able to learn what Edith wanted from her future, I didn’t get to ask other things people would normally discuss on a first date. So for a while, our relationship was strictly professional. Today, I like to joke around and say that I never got paid for my legal services in Edith’s case, and she jokes right back by saying she’s still paying every day. After Edith’s divorce was final, I found myself thinking about her one day, so I gave her a call. I asked her what she was doing, and she told me she had just finished eating pozole. I must have been feeling very bold, because the next thing out of my mouth was, “That sounds good. Can I come over?” She told me I could, so I got in my car and drove to her house.
Thank you for being such a good wife, fantastic friend, and great mother.
When I got there, Edith was sitting in the kitchen with her mom. She
–Don E. McClu re, Jr.
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