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Happy Birthday, Sicko

March 4, 2019

I’d be remiss–and in trouble–if I didn’t say happy 7th wedding anniversary to the love of my life, Emily Hunter. That wasn’t her original last name; just wanted to make that clear.

That’s Emily on the right, and my hand on the left. Oh, and a horse.

It’s important to have traditions in a family and so, as I write this on the fourth, the day before … we’re sick. Dual sinus and ear infections, it seems, as it’s important for a couple to share things. Like doctor appointments. Hey, she said in sickness and in health; it’s right there in writing. I just don’t think she anticipated one of us being sick or injured every single holiday, anniversary, and three day weekend.

We always hope the health part is right around the corner, just like spring and hot pretzel shops. Meanwhile, it’s important to keep our senses of humor, especially since I know our marriage will last a long, long time–if only because neither of us can afford to give up the health insurance.

See? I had it planned all along. Forget love: Germs will keep us together!

Turns out she was patient zero!    

Mark R Hunter

Mark R Hunter is the author of three romantic comedies: Radio Red, Storm Chaser, and its sequel, The Notorious Ian Grant, as well as a related story collection, Storm Chaser Shorts. He also wrote a young adult adventure, The No-Campfire Girls, and a humor collection, Slightly Off the Mark. In addition, he collaborated with his wife, Emily, on the history books Images of America: Albion and Noble County, Smoky Days and Sleepless Nights: A Century or So With The Albion Fire Department, and Hoosier Hysterical. Mark’s work also appeared in the anthologies My Funny Valentine and Strange Portals: Ink Slingers’ Fantasy/Horror Anthology. For two decades Mark R Hunter has been an emergency dispatcher for the Noble County Sheriff Department. He’s served over 32 years as a volunteer for the Albion Fire Department, holding such positions as safety officer, training officer, secretary, and public information officer. He also has done public relations writing for the Noble County Relay For Life, among other organizations, and served two terms on the Albion Town Council. When asked if he has any free time, he laughs hysterically. Mark lives in Albion, Indiana, with his wife and editor Emily, a cowardly ball python named Lucius, and a loving, scary dog named Beowulf. He has two daughters and twin grandsons, and so naturally is considering writing a children’s book.

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4 Responses to Happy Birthday, Sicko

  1. Bill Y "The Legendary Legend" Ledden
    March 10, 2019 at 8:22 am

    Can you get 50% off, if the two of you go to the doctor with the same sickness?

  2. March 5, 2019 at 1:21 am

    Aaaaannnndddd I just realized I got the headline wrong … it was supposed to be “anniversary”, not “birthday”.

  3. Bill Spencer
    March 4, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Happy Anniversary! Hope both your health and your marriage are for better, not worse.

    • March 5, 2019 at 1:19 am

      I would say our health couldn’t get worse, but that’s always a dangerous idea!

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