a2z and the letter 'D' is for Dr Pepper
This is my husband, Ed's story. I'm envious because I can't track anything in my life this way.
At 15, Ed wanted to buy a car and fix it to drive when he was 16. But he had no money, he made a little bit working at the turkey farm part time. One day a high school senior stopped by and mention he worked at Dr Pepper and was quitting. He was pretty sure Ed could get the job if he went in with him the next day.
Ed went and was hired.
And from that seemingly small decision to take the job at Dr Pepper he can connect all but two of his oldest friends to the soda company and eventually me.
Working at Dr Pepper forced him to make new friends--ones that lived in Belleville instead of of O'fallon. The friends he made there encouraged him to make even more friends beyond the city limits of his home town.
Terry was the first friend, who introduced him to Mike who became Ed's best friend. They introduced him to Jerry, which led to Ed going to college and joining a fraternity.
Then Jerry introduced Ed to Debbi-who later became became his wife.
Debbi was my cousin. She later died as did my husband, both from different kinds of cancer.
Ed and I started dating, then we married and combined our families. All because Ed worked at Dr Pepper and married Debbi my life changed!
Because we married, Ed went back to church where he has made a lot more new friends.
Isn't it fun how one decision driven by necessity can be used by God?
Through that one moment of saying yes to the factory job all things in Ed's life--wife, family church friends and 17 cases of Dr Pepper in the garage can be linked.
By the way my favorite drink just happens to be Diet Dr Pepper and no I didn't leave the period off the Dr because there isn't one!
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posted by Diana Lesire Brandmeyer
Christian author, Diana Lesire Brandmeyer, writes historical and contemporary romances about women who challenge their fears even though they want to run from them. Author of Mind of Her Own, A Bride's Dilemma in Friendship, Tennessee and We’re Not Blended-We’re Pureed, A Survivor’s Guide to Blended Families.