By Charles Towne                        

The pandemic has caused me to remember Louie and Nellie.

Louie and Nellie were sweethearts.

They had each known tragedy firsthand.  Some said that Louie had been kicked in the head by a horse, which left him a little addled, and Nellie had lost her nose in some freakish childhood accident, which was the reason she was called, “Noseless Nellie.”

Nellie lived in a little white house that she had inherited when her folks died.

There was a doctor in my home town that was much loved.  His name, for this account, was Wizeman, Dr. Wizeman. He delivered babies, set broken bones, amputated farmer Nesbitt’s leg when his seed bull got a little frisky and hooked him with a horn.  But the doctor’s absolute claim to fame, and the way he became wealthy, was removing bullets from human anatomy.

All of this was going on back when prohibition was the order of the day and tommy-gun-carrying bootleggers were transporting whiskey all over the nation, because even though it was against the law, people seem to gravitate toward whatever it is that is going to give them a buzz at any particular moment.

There were violent shootouts between the police and the bootleggers, and people were shot, and some of them died.

The doctor became very adept at removing bullets from both the cops and the bad guys, and it was this doctor that Louie worked for.

Louie served the doctor in many ways.  He was Dr. Wizeman’s chauffeur and all around handyman, mowing the spacious lawn on the Doctor’s estate, making general repairs, and doing whatever it was that needed done at the moment.

And then there was Nellie.

Louie and Nellie could be seen each Sunday sitting in the same pew in the Presbyterian church, and as they walked down the street they would be holding hands.

Nellie never seemed to notice that Louie was anything less than perfect, and Louie smiled at Nellie and seemed to think that Noseless Nellie was the most beautiful woman in the world. And I guess she was, at least to Louie.

Eventually Louie and Nellie became Mr. and Mrs. Louie.

When old Doc. Wizeman passed away he left quite a bit of money to Louie, enough for him to live comfortably for the rest of his life. And the first thing Louie did after the doctors passing, was give Nellie’s house – the one her folks had left her – a fresh coat of white paint.  He even painted the shutters a nice blue because Nellie liked blue.

Louie and Nellie lived together for several years. They were in love, I reckon.

More years passed and Louie died in his sleep one night.  About a week later, Nellie, beautiful Noseless Nellie, was found sitting on her porch in her rocking chair, having passed away as well.  I guess she didn’t want to live without her man.

Dear Papa God, please help us to treat our sweethearts the way that you want us to treat them. Blind us to their imperfection and help us to love them with a Holy love. Praise you O Holy one. In Jesus’ wonderful name, Amen

Charles Towne is first and foremost a Christian. An octogenarian, author, journalist, wildlife photographer, naturalist, caregiver, and survivor, his life has been and continues to be, a never-ending adventure filled with possibilities never imagined. He has adopted the philosophy that to Live fully, laugh uproariously, love passionately, and learn like there is no tomorrow, is a formula for a long and joy-filled life.


  1. Well Well Well … Mr. Charlitos and his Lovely LOVE stories … This one is related of one couple, unique and last Love … He visits her all days. She’s sometimes sweet. Sometimes tough. But we know that GOD is taking care of her. But everything is concern about Love, most pandemic sense that human beings should spread.
    Two men know each other and both get together as brothers, GOD’s treasure. From that time so far, their friendship became a Rock, and Iron bridge !!! Love is a wonderful thing, make you smile in the most difficult times.
    I Really, deeply and sincere appreciate your friendship. GOD Bless You and Bless our brotherhood !!!

  2. Very cute story and one I can definitely relate to. Don’t know what I would do without my sweetie and I pray that God gives you the strength to endure the emotional pain of not being able to be with Nancy. With faith in Papa God we will survive this pandemic.

    • Ahh Mike, that the beautiful relationship that Louie and Nellie had will be spread through all Christian families without the drawbacks. You are greatly blessed pal, Chaz

  3. Leo my friend and brother, I believe that a husband wife relationship based on Christ is so very blessed. My wife is sick but we are the strongest for enduring. Bless you my brother, Chaz

  4. Charles, advice well given. You always hit the nail on the head. I look forward to your next lesson. Stay well, stay safe.

  5. Beautiful, yes, and what a loving God want for each and every family. Bless you NH, keep looking up in faith, Chaz

  6. Lovely, lovely story!
    How sweet their love and their obvious devotion to each other.
    My husband, Ruben, and I had
    that beautiful love story, through thick and thin, through diabetes and dialysis, before he went home to be with the Lord. That’s what makes it so beautiful… when you find your soulmate and work together in everything. I am very grateful to have been blessed with
    a wonderful husband, good life and precious memories, when so many never find it. It’s not easy to
    stay positive and productive when
    you’ve been left behind, alone. But, God has a reason and a purpose. So, let’s keep moving forward, especially now. There’s
    still so much to be done and so
    many others in the same boat, who need friendship and encouraging! Thank you for this
    sweet story and may God bless you richly!

  7. Dear CSG, let us pray that our lives, even though we are fragmented by the loss of a beautiful love can bring a semblance of joy to others. Memories of love, joy and sharing, though bitter sweet, in a Christian’s life remind us that we have known an extraordinary love that we will know again. Let us be love to a broken world. Bless you my friend, Chaz

  8. Dear CSG, YES, LOVELY! As a boy kid I wasn’t into that mushy, love stuff, all that much, but it obviously touched my life in a positive way. In the somewhat imperfect vision of hindsight I can still see Louie and Nellie walking down the street, holding hands, trapped i their own little world. Yes, they impacted my life in a positive way those many years ago, still do. Bless you and yours my friend, Chaz

  9. So beautiful Chaz, I think everyone of our approximate age has known of at least one loving couple such as you describe, and I would hope that everyone no matter their age, would know of some couple like that! When you think of them, your heart smiles and your soul sighs!
    I was at an ice skating rink once many years ago and all the young folk were skating hand in hand with their chosen boy or girl of the moment to this new fangled rock and roll music when this old couple, they must have been over 60!!!, asked if the DJ would play something slow, a waltz. He had on a dark suit and she wore a nice dress and the music played and they began to waltz on ice skates!I
    In no time everyone had cleared the ice just to watch those two people ice dance. Two people somehow became one thing, something beautiful that moved in perfect harmony!
    Later on several of the young couples tried to do that but they couldn’t, they were just starting their race and had not yet learned to run together! I am so glad Papa God has the patience to wait for us to finally learn!

  10. Oh Richard, you touch my heart with the beauty of your memory. I can remember couples dancing on the ice as you describe, and what a joy it was to watch them. Whenever they were on the ice, no matter how many others were on the ice watching them, those couples “owned” the ice. It was a touch of magic. Thanks for the beauty of your thoughts my friend. God bless you pal, Chaz


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