She Was Just Seventeen


My black and white version of the picture below has been featured on julieanewell.com since its inception...with my "aw shucks" remarks.

Yeah, "She Was Just Seventeen"...when the picture was taken! I was twenty-two...

But, that's okay...because that's NOT when "I Saw Her Standing There"!

THAT, as you already know, came later...in September 1969...when Julie Ann Marie Jones was (barely) nineteen and I was (barely) twenty-four!

Talk about the Lord working in mysterious ways and every cloud having a silver lining...

If I hadn't played cards all night long in college instead of doing my math homework, I probably would have graduated in 1967. AND...if it hadn't been for Vietnam, I probably would not have joined the National Guard. THAT might well have put me at Cairo High School in 1967-68...the year Julie Jones was a Senior. Instead of being an "available" secretary, Julie would have been an "off limits" student...possibly even taking a class from Mr. Newell!

Chances are - especially back in the day - THAT would have made her "forbidden fruit", even if later events had played out...showing up at CHS to apply for a job, me opening the door to let her in, etc.

That Julie and I were meant for each other...it was "in the cards"...a love forged "during wartime". WOW!

With the obvious song references (and the fact that Julie and I were BOTH Beatles fans), below are the lyrics to the referenced song...


"I Saw Her Standing There"
By The Beatles
Lyrics

One Two Three Four

Well she was just seventeen
If you know what I mean
And the way she looked
Was way beyond compare
So how could I dance with another
Oh when I saw her standing there

Well she looked at me and I, I could see
That before too long
I'd fall in love with her
She wouldn't dance with another
Oh when I saw her standing there

Well my heart went boom
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand
In mine
Oh we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long
I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
Ohhh when I saw her standing there

Well my heart went boom
When I crossed that room
And I held her hand
In mine
Oh we danced through the night
And we held each other tight
And before too long
I fell in love with her
Now I'll never dance with another
Ohhh since I saw her standing there
Ohhh since I saw her standing there
Since I saw her standing there



Speaking of the my "military years", I think I've mentioned before that Julie definitely had a "thing" about men in uniform. In fact, it was my military venture to the "domestic war" at SIU in Carbondale during May 1970 that probably "sealed the deal"...laid the foundation for things to come!

So, I guess it's only fair to "publish" Julie's favorite picture of me, taken later that same calendar year, circa late 1968...