Writer Lara Piu
“I can’t believe that I almost lost the best thing that ever happened to me,” says Christy Osborn, referring to her husband, Jim.
Their 34-year comeback love story began on a USA Volleyball open division volleyball court in Oklahoma, where they were both competitive players. Christy had caught Jim's eye, but she had a boyfriend who attended every match. That fateful day, Christy showed up alone; Jim struck up a conversation with her and learned that they had broken up. After the match, they both attended a tournament party, but he found Christy surrounded by five guys.
“So I took her hand and said, ‘Let’s go for a walk,’” he recalls. On that walk, he told her, “I’m going to marry you some day.”
He stuck to his promise; Jim proposed, and the young couple married nine months later.
On their wedding day, Jim’s uncle advised, “Now Jimmy-Don, I am going to make you the same offer your dad gave to me,” in his...