DEAR ABBY: After two divorces, I thought I had had my fill of marriage -- little did I know.
At a New Year's Eve party, I met Edna, a beautiful widow. She had three children, ages 4, 8 and 12.
When I started dating her, all my friends screamed, "Jim, are you out of your mind? She has three kids!"
Well, love is not only blind, it's also deaf. So, to make a long story short, I asked her to marry me and she replied, "Is tomorrow too soon?"
Edna and I had 40 years of wedded bliss when the good Lord took her to heaven.
I just celebrated my 87th birthday, am in excellent health and live in a beautiful retirement home in Florida. My children and grandchildren overwhelm me with long-distance telephone calls, letters and gifts. I don't want to bore you, but the point of this letter is: Just because a man has two strikes against him doesn't mean he's out. -- JIMMY WOODWARD
DEAR JIMMY: Thanks for a letter that may inspire others to realize that with a little bit of luck and the willingness to try, they can be winners, too.