Time to jump into our DeLorean, set the date to June 13, 1998 and we will arrive one town over from Goshen to a Scout Camp in Chesterfield. It was a sunny June day and the Staff of Chesterfield Scout Reservation were gathering for their first Staff Day of training and getting to know each other. The Program Director was rushing all over the office getting things ready for the sessions that the Camp Director had laid out for him to run. In the midst of prepping for the next training period, she walked in. By most standards an average college girl who was asked to bring her brother to the training day by her parents.
The Program Director stopped and looked at her. He offered her a chair to sit while she was talking to the Camp Director and of course she refused. The Program Director scurried out into the main room and began the training session. After an hour had passed it was break time. The Camp Director introduced him to Laura Michaels who agreed to be the Assistant Cook this summer. They shook hands and made some small talk.
"So you're Scooter's sister huh?", he asked bluntly. Scooter was a Staff member two years prior and they never got along...at all.
"Scooter? Oh, Scott..yeah and Josh is my other brother who is going to be working in the kitchen this summer."
"Oh cool. Well I look forward to working with you."
And that was it, just a simple passing that Saturday, idle conversation and she had left to go back home to New York. What the Program Director wasn't expecting was in two weeks, his life was going to change that summer...forever.
It took a couple of weeks after the first Scouts came through the gates for the Program Director to realize what was going on. No it wasn't the record number of Scouts arriving for the summer, it wasn't the fact that for the first time in his Camp Staff career HE was in charge of the thirty Staff members for eight weeks, it was that average college girl in the kitchen. Now, for those who aren't too familiar with the way a Scout Camp works, the kitchen doesn't fall under the jurisdiction of the Program Director, but yet for some reason he found himself wandering to the kitchen several times a day on his routine of visiting the Program Areas.
It seems that other people were noticing this as well and one of his friends caught him in a conversation.
"It's odd having a girl on Staff now huh?", his friend said, "You know, not an old woman like we've had."
"Yeah....she has some big boobs.", he replied watching her walk across the empty dining hall.
"Uh oh, I know what's going on, you're going to try to get with her."
"What? Dude, that's Scooter's sister, I despised Scooter."
"Well if I were you, I'd go for it."
"Yeah, whatever, shut the fuck up."
|This is THE cabin|
And so it began, the Program Director was me and the Assistant Cook was the Trophy. A couple of months later we returned to the same camp, where I brought her down to the waterfront and asked her to marry me. Sure, we were only 21 but it felt right and honestly she kept me grounded, which is something I needed. We were criticized for getting married too young, she was accused of being pregnant, I was accused of hiding something but none of that was true. It just felt right and obviously years later we have proved the critics wrong. Time to get back into the DeLorean and join the wedding in progress.
We had a very, VERY small wedding at the Goshen town hall with maybe fifty or sixty close friends and family, of course out of the fifty people there thirty five were from her side of the family, you see the Trophy has twelve brothers and sisters. I had no clue what I was getting into, but it's been a fun ride. To put it mildly, her family can pitch a daytime soap opera and get it with out an audition. Of course my side of the family tree is full of nuts too.
So, instead of a DJ we had my friend Chris with a boombox to play the wedding march and background music. Nine times out of ten, Chris is a competent person, but this must have been his tenth time because even after explicit instructions to wait ten to fifteen seconds after the Trophy go to the "alter" to shut the music off, he got caught up in the moment and left the music playing. Everyone was just standing there, looking at each other with that "Now what do we do?" look. Chris finally caught on and shut the music off and we proceeded with the ceremony.
I refused to wear a tux and I put up one hell of a battle to wear a suit to but I finally caved in with one condition, I got to wear whatever tie I wanted. Back then I was big into the WWF, you know Stone Cold Steve Austin, The Rock, Mankind, Degeneration X, the good years of professional wrestling. So I picked out a WWG tie to wear with my suit. This was the second thing that should have tipped the Trophy off that I was not exactly a classy guy, the first was when we were dating for a couple of days and I clogged up her toilet in the cabin and didn't spray.
|The Happy Couple|
The reception was a bonfire in my parent's backyard...in the rain. We were anxious to head out on our honeymoon, which my parents paid for. We went to the Cape and went to sleep. After eight weeks of Scout Camp and planning a wedding in a week's time, we were exhausted. Our honeymoon dinner was KFC, so romantic huh? We didn't care we were happy and away from everyone...until Wednesday....
We happened to run in to my best friend and best man and his, um, er,
Short story long, here we are thirteen years later we are still totally in love and it still doesn't feel like we are married...other than the permanent band around my left ring finger, I figure even if I wanted to, I couldn't cheat because I have been branded with the permanent ring.