but until recently, i never knew that my sweet 95 year old great grandmother had been a bit of a spitfire growing up.
she and my great grandfather were teenagers when they fell in love. they wanted so desperately to get married, but were forbidden.
that wasn't going to stop her, though! young lola and johnny rigged the wagon, harnessed the horses (this was texas in the late 1800s, mind you), and headed for the next county over.
when they found the home of a local minister, johnny hopped down, knocked on the door, and explained their plight. the minister, sympathetic to their situation, agreed to marry them right then and there. and so it happened, sitting in the wagon, holding hands, wearing their everyday clothes, with the minister standing beside the wagon, they were married.
she was heartbroken, wanting nothing more than to be with him...but leave it to lola to come up with a plan. she knew they were having a large family get-together soon, which would be the perfect cover to slip lucy out to run away with jack.
all of the younger members of the family sided with lucy and wanted to help. so, lola arranged for them to make a bit of a ruckus outside, to keep her father occupied and out of the house.
with everyone congregated in the front yard, lucy passed her things to lola through a back window then climbed out herself. she hugged lola tightly, gathered her few belongings, and ran as fast as she could to meet her love just beyond the hill.
lucy's father sensed something was wrong, so he quickly counted his children among him, noting that he was missing one. lucy! where was lucy?
he searched the yard, finding nothing, then the house. he had just missed her; she had barely slipped past him.
"where is lucy?" he demanded.
"she's gone. she's with jack. they're getting married," lola fearlessly informed her father-in-law.
"well, if they've eloped, they can keep on going...to hell and three miles past!" he declared.
his heart did eventually soften toward them. he could see how much lucy and jack loved each other, as well as johnny and lola, and that was all he ever really wanted for them anyway. both couples lived long, happy lives, married well beyond 50 years each. they had many children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and so on. and so their legacy of love continues...
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