by Hebert “Cubb” Speise (written in the Hamilton Arms Writing Workshop)

I did come close to being married one time. It was maybe a six-week relationship. I was a young man. I wasn’t brave enough because I was scared to meet the person she might become after marriage. You think you know a person, but you don’t. 

Ross Perot said it best: “Be not the first to toss the old aside, nor yet the last to try the new.” But I did. I was the last to try the new. It is truly a regret some days. 

You see elderly couples walking, and people say, “Aw, isn’t that sweet? They’re holding hands.” But what they don’t realize is that they’re only holding hands so the other one doesn’t run away.

Herbert “Cubb” Speise was a veteran of the Korean war and a lifelong resident of Columbia, PA. He passed away at Hamilton Arms Center on Tuesday, April 14th.