The Boss

August 29, 2015 — Leave a comment

We all have bosses. And like most of you I have had many bosses thru the years. I’ve had some really good ones and a few not so good. In my stories I often reference the “Boss” so I thought I would introduce her to the public.

The boss I’ve got now is the very best one yet! She, Linda Hunt Isley , has served in that capacity for over 28 years. She is one of the “Hunt girls” from New Whiteland. There were three of them and they were all “good lookers” if you happen to remember them. We lost Janet a few years ago and hardly a day goes by that her name isn’t mentioned around the house. Linda was a year behind me in school and she kind of got attached to one of my buddies and they eventually got married and had two kids and like a lot of us, divorced. I think she did a super job raising those two and they turned out pretty good. They are both, in my opinion, very successful adults now and I am extremely proud to say that I am their step-dad just like I am proud of my own kids!

Linda, determined to stand on her own two feet, scrimped and saved and with a little help from her folks she built a house. She became her own general contractor and with help from family and friends built a three bedroom house in about a year and moved in in early 1986. A proud owner of a brand new home, nothing fancy but hers!

It was about a week after she moved into her new home that I like to say I came walking down the road and found this single lady with a new house. The truth is that mutual friends managed to get us together and reintroduce ourselves. Needless to say the romance began. Today, 28+ years later the romance is even stronger and I have loved every day in between.

You know every one jokes about how women gossip but the truth is men do too. Guys stand around talking about their “old ladies” but I can honestly say I have never used those two words to describe Linda. She was always referred to as the “Boss”. I also always added that I was the boss when I wasn’t home but now that I’m retired she is the full time “Boss”. I am so fortunate to be able to say that.

A couple of years after we got married we got bit by the dog show bug and for over twenty years we raised and showed our Miniature Schnauzers all over the country. We learned too late that we chose one of the most difficult dog breeds to groom and show. Linda worked many long hours learning the proper grooming methods to make our dogs most presentable. I had the easy jobs; I stripped the dogs and drove the bus. It was a lot of work but a lot of fun. Wouldn’t trade those years for nothing.

Through the years she has been my rock. Difficult times of the passing of my dad and son Ron, without her I’m not sure I would have kept my sanity. I only hope that I was able to comfort her during her times of grief in like manner. We have built a great relationship together and so far during the first thirteen years of retirement it is growing better every day.

Hopefully now when I refer to the “Boss” in my stories you will have a better understanding of who she is. A great and funny lady who is the best boss a fellow could have. You just need to know that she has been a huge part of making me who I am and I am grateful. She is the light of my life and I will love her forever and ever, amen.

Thanks for listening.

Richard Isley

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