Waiting on Mrs. Hilda

Earl Honeycutt waits on his wife of 70 years during her weekly hair appointment at Lauren Ashley Salon and Day Spa.
Earl Honeycutt waits on his wife of 70 years during her weekly hair appointment at Lauren Ashley Salon and Day Spa.

I love working as a receptionist at Lauren Ashley Salon & Day Spa. One of my favorite days to work is Friday when I get to see all those “weeklies” come in for their weekend hairdo.

Among those weeklies are Mr. Earl and Mrs. Hilda Honeycutt, married for 70 years. I have enjoyed getting to know them. Both will celebrate their 91st birthdays in the coming months and they are a beautiful picture of love.

These days it seems there is only bad news and the joy of long-lasting relationships and long life are hard to find. It’s so refreshing to get to see life through the eyes of those who have seen good times and bad times and have loved through it all.

Mr. Earl was born Dec. 21, 1930 to Lemuel D. and Becky Honeycutt of Erwin.

Mrs. Hilda was born Nov. 24, 1930 to Ernie and Naomi Lawhorn of McGee’s Crossroads.
Hilda and Earl married in 1951. They have one child, two grandchildren and a legacy of love that’s never died.

I look forward to their time to come in and visit each week. Mr. Earl loves to talk to everyone who comes in. He always asks about their families and finds out who they may know that he knows as well while Lisa Lee takes good care of Mrs. Hilda’s hair. Mr. Earl makes sure Mrs. Hilda has everything she needs and will occasionally go to check on her while she is sitting under the dryer. Every few weeks Mr. Earl will get a trim, but most of the time he’s waiting on his lovely bride.

As they are leaving hand in hand to go out to eat Mr. Earl will happily tell us all “Merry Christmas” and we respond with “Happy New Year!”

Oh, to be so blessed! All of these years, love and joy with hard times mingled in.

Weathering the storms of life are what make us stronger and our relationships more precious.

It makes you stop and think about what’s important in this short life we have and how to let go of that which is not.

It is obvious that taking care of each other has been a priority to the Honeycutts.

Talking to Mr. Earl is relaxing and a joy and I look forward to it each week as he waits on Mrs. Hilda. And I know if he gets to meet Jesus first, he’ll be in heaven — waiting on Mrs. Hilda.

Erika Wrench lives in Godwin. Reach her at naw819@yahoo.com.


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