audrey and ruby lived in a small texas town where everybody knew everybody and they had their eyes on a pair of brothers, woody and harlan. of course, it was no surprise that woody and harlan were equally smitten.
the two couples, woody & audrey and harlan & ruby, soon became exclusive, courting as only well-bred southern couples did in those days. so, it was all the more scandalous when harlan was seen with another girl in town, a girl with a less than desirable reputation, at that!
ruby was heartbroken when word got to her and she cried on her mother's shoulder. lola comforted her, reassuring her that all would be well.
and grandma lola was right! harlan came back to ruby, professing his love and his intention to marry her. she was eager to take him back and become his wife, knowing that he was the only one she ever wanted to be with.
|audrey & woody|
and so the two were separated, kept apart, forced to move on.
audrey and woody got married when she was just 18, and ruby and harlan got married, too, but not to each other.
the years passed. children were born and raised. lives were lived. heartache was felt...especially when both ruby and harlan each found themselves widowed in their early 60s.
as luck would have it, fate led them back together (or maybe audrey & woody had something to do with it). harlan and ruby found themselves face to face and just as in love with each other as they had been in their teens.
they quickly married and stayed married for 12 years, until harlan passed away only 9 days before his older brother, my grandpa woody, in 1999. ruby and harlan always said that it was the best 12 years of their lives. in fact, just before harlan passed, he told ruby "you were the one i was supposed to marry in the first place."
ruby and audrey are still going strong today and their love for those brothers is too.