Larry Vaughn with Mentora Vaughn Gratrix
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I Walk the Line

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  They say marriages are made in Heaven. But so is thunder and lightning.

– Clint Eastwood

I have always been a huge Johnny Cash and June Carter fan. Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon were the perfect duo to play them in Walk the Line. Honestly, I think the reason I like Johnny Cash and June Carter’s story so much is because their relationship reminds me of my relationship with Doneata. From the moment I met Doneata, I knew I wanted her to be mine forever. Almost forty years later, I realize that my instincts were dead on: she is the best thing that ever happened to me. However, starting out was kind of rough. Doneata had the same reaction to marrying me that June Carter had to marrying Johnny Cash…tears of uncertainty. Johnny Cash and I have something in common: we both were desperately in love and our love required much convincing. So, do me (and yourself) a favor and click on the link. It will certainly get you in the mood for today’s blog post…

Doneata and I when we first met.

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Here’s an excerpt from Hollywood’s Chosen:

I remember it was wet both outside and inside the car [the] night [Doneata and I were to be married]. It was pouring down rain outside, and Doneata was sniffling and crying terribly inside the car.

I asked her, “What’s wrong with you? Do you want to marry me or not?”

Her whole body shook with emotion. She replied, “I think so.”

“What do you mean you think so?”…I looked at my watch and said, “Doneata, …I don’t want to get married with you crying throughout the wedding. I am going to be the best thing that ever happened to you…I know I’m absolutely crazy on the outside, but inside I have a wonderful heart with your name written right across the middle of it. There are some things I can’t promise you, but this I can—I will always love you with all my heart.”

[Doneata] looked down, wiped her nose with her hanky, and stared out the window into the rain. I knew she was trying to choose the words that matched her feelings. Finally, she said, “The problem is that, well,  you’re crazy. I’m caught in a trap. I’m afraid to marry you, but I can’t live without you. I do hope we’re doing the right thing.”

“Doneata, trust me. We are doing the right thing.”

She was quiet for a moment. Then she looked over at me and gave me the cutest smile. I knew then that she was going to be okay.

While Doneata was busy getting herself together, I thought to myself, “Larry, she really has second thoughts. You’d best behave yourself.”

And so after almost 40 years of marriage, my heart still skips a beat when I see my beautiful Doneata; and I sing,

Because you’re mine,
I walk the line.

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