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My Bountiful Mid Life Crisis

Updated on March 21, 2011

At age 35 I was not a dog person. A dog was not an essential part of my life. Certainly I did not need a canine companion to go to sleep at night. I was not a horse person either. You see, at a much younger 19, I was trying to impress a young woman. Horse back riding seemed easy until I experienced being drug through a corn field with my foot in the stirrup. Muddy and bloody, I survived the incident but spent several days in the hospital. The episode stuck. My equine interest was squelched. Horses offered no fascination. But I was in the middle of something that would change all that. I was divorced and was enjoying a bountiful mid life crisis.

She was a beauty with a professional look in a grey flannel suit. It was a suit similar to one Grace Kelly wore. She was in my apartment to see my reel to reel tape deck I had for sale. After deciding it may match her needs, she asked if I might be willing to bring it over to her place and hook it up to her console to make sure it was compatible. Arrangements were made and one evening I am at her place kneeling on the floor behind the console stereo hooking up the tape deck. Then she came out in her “Cher” cut off Jag hot pants and high heels. It was a moment that left few questions unanswered. It was more than a man in a mid life crisis could manage. It was intuitively clear what I needed to make life complete. I needed to sell that tape deck and run! I already had a girlfriend and had some doubt of my own strength.

She decided to purchase the tape deck, but I had to produce some tapes to go with the sale. Another visit was required. I made the tapes and made the delivery and that was it for a couple months. I peacefully settled back to my wonderful mid life crisis with a woman far too young for a man of my age. But the experience did not leave me. Eventually that young woman would come to decide I needed to be punished for something and took off for a week. My resolve was weakened. In a few days “Hot Pants” and I were enjoying a wonderful Italian dinner.

Now I must introduce a slight problem here. It gets a little interesting because “Hot Pants” was a good friend of my former wife. I was certain my X divulged all my flaws in great detail. In fact I was a bit surprised my invitation was accepted. But I was happy for the company of someone quite attractive and much closer to my age, so I was on my best behavior. I took the vow of celibacy. Wouldn’t you know, she was wondering if I was not interested. She did not know what was wrong based on evidence provided to her by my former. So much for self control! Finally she brings over some Scotch and got me to loose all inhibition. The mid life crisis continues.

Within three months we were living together. When Pam said we were getting married I got a bit nervous but could not present an objection. My mid life crisis was about to come to a close. It was 1977 when we married. We had our first dog by 1979. He was an adorable Samoyed pup we called Nick.Nick lived about 13 years.

Nick would travel with us to Germany. Deutchland is a very dog friendly country. Dogs can ride in any public transportation for half fare. Nick rode in taxis, buses, trains, trams. He was welcome in all the restaurants. All would bring him water. Some would even serve a free steak! My work in Germany lasted three years and Nick was a delightful companion to us both. Over the years we would rescue over 51 dogs.

Pam wanted a horse. I put my foot down and said no. Eventually we would have 10 horses. I attended clinics and seminars to learn how to train Pam's animals. But soon I was excited by all this. Like the dogs, I had developed a powerful attachment to the horses. Now I am most proud of my work with my Andalusian Stallion Majo. Even our vet says he is the most mannered stallion he has seen in his many years of practice. Majo has been a real joy. He has done parades and loves his audience. Our life became full of dogs and horses good food and wine. We had to give up vacations for the animals. Looking back, Pam taught  me the things that have provided my greatest pleasure in life. I managed to teach her to like Shrimp! It was a wonderful mid life crisis. It gave me my life full of wonderful memories and great pleasures. A very short pair of JAG shorts can motivate most men. You might say I was BORN AGAIN !


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      Sister Mary 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      You brightened up my day with this hub. Thanks you.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 6 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      You now have a more accurate image!! My love for animals mislead you on the first one. I am just an animal myself and with all the passion!

      Thank you so much for commenting!!!

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      Xavier Nathan 6 years ago from Isle of Man

      I really enjoyed this hub. It was good to get a glimpse of the man behind the Jesus image I had created of you in another hub HaHa.

      I believe there are no coincidences and I love listening to stories of how couples meet.One of the first questions I ask new couple who venture into our circle, is how did you guys meet? Not everyone likes conversations where someone is genuinely interested in another's life so our circle is quite small.

      A very romantic story and I too have a soft spot for animals and by bringing them into your story you add something special to it. Thank you. Voted up beautiful and awesome.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Thank you Ms. Texas for stopping in to read. It keeps my heart pumping!

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      ladyjane1 7 years ago from Texas

      Nice hub I really enjoyed it. Very well written. Thanks for sharing your thoughts. Cheers.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley


      I am cooking spaghetti sauce as I write. It is good to hear from you!! I am well aware women are smart! I told Pam we would not have made it through the first seven years if the $#% weren't so damned great! Men are very simple and women know it.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley


      So glad you stopped in. I knew this was one you would enjoy. My initial title was "Born Again" but I attracted evangelists (not motivated by hot pants of course) and the hub started flying down the charts! I actually considered removing it. But then realized better. Again, Thanks.

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      JamminJerryG 7 years ago

      Terry, as soon as I read "Hot Pants" I knew this would be a doozy! Great story about a great couple. I really like the part about Pam teaching you the greatest pleasures in life and you teaching her to like...shrimp. Thanks for the laughs. I enjoy these types of stories. Here's to you and Pam and all of your babies. May you enjoy many more years together!!

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      Jillian Barclay 7 years ago from California, USA

      Dear Terry,

      You are very funny! Women the world over have known for centuries that hot pants (or whatever they are called in the current vernacular) are always a great motivator! We are smarter than many men think!

      I am always teasing my grown son, asking, "How are her personalities?" His face turns beet red and he always says the same thing, "What kind of a mom asks her son something like that?" Then he shakes his head and walks away, but I hear the muffled laugh...

      How wonderful that your wife 'helped' you discover the love for dogs and horses! You gotta love life!

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Thanks Will! :)

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      WillStarr 7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Glad to see you stood your ground on those horses. :-)

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley


      You made my day! I was after a little humor. You can easily guess what happened between my foot down and the ten horses. We men are not complicated. But it has lasted 34 years.

      Thank you so much for your read!!

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      Jane Bovary 7 years ago from The Fatal Shore

      Lol Terry..Wouldn't it have been simpler just to buy a red sports car? Beware of hot pants!

      What happened between "I put my foot down and said no"...and "Eventually we would have 10 horses"?...;-)

      I really like this hub. It's very *human*, reads well and I also love the way you weave the animals in, so they become part of the story.


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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      Your thoughts are always important to me. Thanks so much!

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      mckbirdbks 7 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

      To steal a line, 'It's a wondeful life'- or from Irving Stone, you enjoyed a 'Lust for Life', take your pick.

      Voted up.

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      Terry.Hirneisen 7 years ago from Shenandoah Valley

      I eagerly awaited your reaction. Thank you.

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      I'm glad I chose to read this uplifting and fairly funny hub first thing this morning. I love this line "Eventually we would have 10 horses that I trained". I think it was Pam who did the training. :)

      voted up/funny and beautiful