My Beloved–Part 1

2 Jan

A Slice of Life

     Bill Lites


By the time I got to my senior year in high school, my interest in education was almost nonexistent.  My parents had planned a formal education for me and kept pushing me to prepare for college.  I only wanted to graduate from high school so I could get a job and get out of the house.  As a result, I was not a very good student, so I only took the required classes, and filled the rest of the day with meaningless electives.  One of those electives was typing.


typewriter typing class

As it turned out, that class ended up being a really good choice for two reasons.  One, I was the only boy in the class, which was great, because I loved being surrounded by girls.  And two, I didn’t know it at the time, but God had planned for me to meet DiVoran in that class.


young beloved

I didn’t pay a lot of attention to the class requirements, because I was more interested in impressing the girls by being the class cut-up.  At first, DiVoran and I knew no more about each other than that she used the typewriter I did in the next class.  Oftentimes I would be slow collecting my typing stuff, she would be early for her class, and we would talk briefly.

My best friend at the time was Bud.  He also had classes with DiVoran, and had asked her out a couple of times.  DiVoran happened to be friends with a girl named Rita, who I had also noticed.  When I found out from Bud that DiVoran knew Rita, I saw my chance for a clandestine inquiry.  Being a little shy about the whole thing, one day after class, I asked DiVoran if I could carry her books to her locker, as I had a question to ask her.


Months later, she told me she had expected me to ask her out, but was surprised, when it was Rita I wanted to know about.  “Yes, she probably would,” DiVoran said, “but you better ask her yourself.”   I did, and after my first date with Rita, she and I, and Bud and DiVoran started double dating.

double dates

Somehow, it evolved that DiVoran and I called each other to talk about our relationships with Bud and Rita.



—To Be Continued—

3 Responses to “My Beloved–Part 1”

  1. Linda Lewis January 16, 2013 at 5:58 pm #

    My gosh! I’m just now reading this post, DiVoran and Bill. I’m so glad Bill came out all right. Life is pretty attention-getting at times, isn’t it. I’m loving learning how you met. Thanks so much for the post. Take good care of each other.


  2. DiVoran Lites January 2, 2013 at 4:28 pm #

    Bill had a heart attack early Monday morning. They put in stints today and he is fine. I thank God so much for keeping MY beloved in this world. He’ll be fine now.


    • Onisha Ellis January 2, 2013 at 6:36 pm #

      So thankful Bill is doing well!!


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