Not everyone has a Prince Charming but I did; before he passed into the “great beyond”. Leonard Earl Jewell, Sr. (1936-2008) was one of the nicest, sweetest and kindest persons I ever knew. He was an introvert’s, introvert who didn’t like crowds and was initially very uncomfortable when surrounded by persons or places that he did not know. We attended Crispus Attucks High School (CAHS) together but had a very different circle of friends. He was on the star studded CAHS Basketball Team and could have his choice of friends/ girlfriends. While I was president of the student body and a top student, I was not part of the “In Crowd”. He went to college (Indiana Central University later renamed University of Indianapolis) on a basketball scholarship while I went to the adult work world at the ripe old age of 16.
Len had a very good singing voice and while in college he sang with a “doowap” group named the “Inkspots and the Blotter”. One look at the above picture will explain why. His summer employment was at International Harvester Company (later renamed Navastar International) Two years after the start of college, he was drafted into the USA Army Corp for a two year stint. His last duty station was in Kingston, Rhode Island on the Nike Missile Base. Even though the USA was in the middle of the Korean Conflict, he never went to war. If you would listen to him explain his service time, all he did was go from base to base playing basketball.
Upon returning home and to his reserved employment at International Harvester in 1960, we met again (there were no girls camping on his doorstep now). We dated for about six months and married without fanfare. We decided to save our money to purchase a home and did so the following year. We had a wonderful nearly 50 years together until his heart suddenly stopped beating without warning in February, 2008. I miss him so very much but know that he is faithfully watching over me until I can rejoin My Prince Charming; one day.