Valentine’s Day and a 1984 general delivery letter, posted on the off chance it would reach its intended recipient, loom large in the story of Burleson husband and wife Johnny and Sandra Green.
An earlier chance meeting and shared acquaintances also played a role in the couple’s meeting and subsequent journey into love and marriage.
“I don’t know what you think about getting letters from people you don’t know very well, but I thought that it wouldn’t hurt to write and see,” Johnny Green wrote to then-Sandra Hodges in a Feb. 6, 1984, letter.
The couple first met in 1983 during a singles retreat at Pettijohn Springs Christian Camp in Madill, Okla.
“I was 23 at the time and lived in Lexington, Okla., but taught fifth grade in a small town — Paoli, Okla.,” Sandra Green said. “I was dating another guy at the time and we thought about getting married, but it didn’t work out and we broke up.”
Around that same time, Sandra Green said she befriended and “hung out” with Susie Harrison. The two also prayed for guidance concerning the challenges in their lives, she said.
“I wanted to get married and have a family,” she said. “So I prayed to God to help me figure out the situation with this other guy, or to have the courage to move on. Susie’s prayer was to help her decide whether to go to seminary or not.”
Both, seeking a change of pace, went to Pettijohn Springs in May that same year, a retreat filled with, “people from 18 to old ladies,” as Sandra Green describes it.
“Eight of us went,” she said. “I remember it was rainy, yucky and wet the whole time. But, we all liked sports so we were out in the rain playing volleyball and softball.”