Sunday, April 25, 2010, was a stormy afternoon as Mila was driving Logan to Checker to meet her maternal grandparents, after church. Lightning flared, thunder rolled and a cold rain began to fall.
Mila rolled her windows up and said, “I hope my grandparents like you, Logan. I am a little nervous.”
Logan replied, “I will make it known to them how much I love you.”
Mila smiled at him and they held hands. As they were halfway between Melody and Checker; Logan’s cell phone went off. It warned them of a Severe Thunderstorm Warning and Tornado Watch. Logan told Mila to turn her car radio to the news station. The meteorologist spoke of a severe thunderstorm in the Checker area and for people in the area to get to safety. He also stated the possibility of a tornado forming at any time. As they were driving; they approached an overpass.
Mila said, “Maybe we should park under there, at least until the weather passes.”
Logan replied, “Please don’t do that Mila. Overpasses are very dangerous during tornadoes. The debris will hit you harder because the winds gain speed when the tornado gets into the columns.”
Mila nodded and asked, “Well, where do we go?”
Logan replied, “Let’s just get to your grandparents’ house as quickly as possible.” He paused then said, “We should also pray that we get there safely.” Logan then prayed “Dear Heavenly Father, we ask that you get us to our destination safely and protect us and everyone else from this dangerous weather. I also fervently ask that Mila’s grandparents will accept me for who I am and that they bless our engagement. Furthermore, we ask that you bless our relationship and that you allow us to marry. And we ask that you protect us from all our enemies. Be with us now as we travel to Mila’s grandparents, in Jesus’ Name we make these prayers, Amen.”
Mila smiled and said, “I trust you, Logan.”
Logan kissed her hand and said, “But you should trust God more!”
“I certainly do,” Mila replied with assurance.
They continued to drive. The rain had increased as they pulled into the driveway. Logan stepped out of the passenger door, the open the driver’s door for Mila as they walked onto the carport and into the door where her grandparents greeted them.
“Maw Maw, Paw Paw, this is Logan Baines!” Mila said with happiness and pride.
Suddenly a flash of powerful lightning struck and knocked off the current. Logan pulled his flashlight out of his pocket, “Ever since I worked in Eastern Europe, I always carried a flashlight on me.
“Very smart, young man!” Mila’s Paw Paw said.
Logan then turned it on, but suddenly the bulb blew.
Mila’s Paw Paw interjected, “Why do you young people buy that trash?” He then retrieved his vintage 6-volt lantern from the utility closet and lit up the room.
Logan dismantled his flashlight and removed the spare bulb from the tail cap then installed it into the head.
Logan turned it on and it illuminated the room. Mila’s Paw Paw said, “I stand corrected.”
Mila also pulled out her flashlight, from her purse turned it on, and said, “Logan bought one for me as well.”
In the semi-lit up the room and they talked throughout the storm. Mila’s ring sparkled in the glow of the three flashlights.
Her Maw Maw noticed it. “That’s a very pretty ring, Mila.” She said and continued, “Did Logan buy it for you?”
Mila smiled and said, “Yes he sure did,” Mila paused, then continued, “That is actually why we came here. We are engaged and we have been since February 5th. I should have told everyone much sooner.”
Her Maw Maw replied, “Are you sure you want to get married, Mila? How long have you known him?”
Mila replied, “I have known him for four years now, and, really it was love at first sight.” She paused then continued “We met when I was an eighth-grader and he was a senior. He graduated and went to school to become a tractor mechanic. Logan even worked in Eastern Europe, but he never forgot me. Last February, we met again, by chance, in the public library and we have been together ever since.”
Her PawPaw looked at Logan and asked, “So you are a tractor mechanic?”
“Yes sir!” Logan replied with a wide smile.
Her PawPaw smiled then said, “Now I have someone who can always fix my old tractor.” Mila’s Maw Maw gave her husband a dirty look.
Logan replied, “And I would be very happy to do so!” He paused, then continued “I would like to see your old tractor one day.”
“Sure,” Her Paw Paw replied, then continued “In fact; it was made in Eastern Europe, maybe around where you were working.”
Mila’s Maw Maw interjected, “In all seriousness; why haven’t you told us about your engagement sooner?”
Mila replied, “We have to keep our love a secret.”
Her Maw Maw asked, “Why is that?”
Mila answered, “Well; I kissed Logan in the library when we met again, and the cop patrolling the library yelled at us. I was wearing my school uniform when it happened and word got back to Kieth Koresh who threatened to expel me if I didn’t break up with Logan. Instead of us breaking up, we keep our relationship covert.”
Mila’s Paw Paw told his wife, “I don’t think we need to make any more contributions to Mila’s school.”
Her Maw Maw replied, “You’re right honey, but Mila shouldn’t have been kissing him in public either.” She paused and then asked, “Have you set a date?”
“It will be definitely after graduation, that way Kieth Koresh won’t be able to do us anything. I graduate on May 23.” Mila paused and said, “I hope you two are coming.”
“Well of course we will come,” Her Maw Maw replied.
“Yes, we will make it our business to be there,” Her Paw Paw added in.
With that, the power came back on.
Mila’s Paw Paw said, “Good, now I can cook us some dinner. I have plenty of vegetables from my garden.” He paused and then said, “You’re both welcome to stay.”
Logan and Mila nodded in agreement.
*NEEDS MORE WORK*
Will add when I am able…