Sunday, October 14, 2007

Fun Monday - In the Beginning

This week's Fun Monday hostess, From the Planet of Janet, has given us this mission. "Describe your meeting with your spouse/significant other. I especially want to hear "meet cute" stories. Illustrate with photos, of course."

Daddy D and I met at the Fort Wayne Indiana University Extension library at 8:10 AM on July 1, 1964. Daddy D, our handsome red-haired hero, a college junior, was a trusted university employee. He worked in the library and was responsible for locking the building after the last class finished in the evening. I was an eager freshman-to-be beginning my job as a student library worker.

This picture was in the college newspaper. When I met our hero, he was sporting a flat-top. The Elvis hair was gone.

My best friend, Becky, was starting to work in the library on that same day. Our job as student workers consisted mostly of preparing the books of the two libraries of the downtown extensions for the move to the brand new Indiana-Purdue Campus, which is located on the northeast side of town. My husband-to-be says that he was deciding rather to ask out the blond, my friend Becky, or the red-head as I was at the time. Fate may have helped my chances because Becky left for England with her mother for a high school graduation present.

This picture of the glum-looking me is from the summer of '64. My sullenness has nothing to do with our date.

Eventually, Daddy D did ask me out. He invited me to see the Beatles movie, A Hard Day's Night. However, he arrived 45 minutes late because Daddy D was adventuresome and had two dates on this summer evening. Strangely, the boy that I had been dating called me twenty minutes or so before the tardy suitor arrived. Ironically my ex-boyfriend, Ron, asked me to go out to see the very same film at the very same theater. I explained to Ron that I already had plans for the evening. Ron thinking that he was getting the brush-off said, "We would be going just as friends." I told Ron, "No, I really do have plans." Not wanting to be indiscreet, I did not tell Ron that my plans were with another man.


When Daddy D and I arrived at the theater, many of the seats were taken. This was a Beatles movie, and this was in 1964. Since this was our first date, Daddy D being a gentleman asked me where I would like to sit to watch the movie. Although the theater was almost filled, I saw that we were in luck. There in the middle section, right where I liked to sit, were two empty seats. However, as I walked into the aisle, there in the third seat in was my former boyfriend, Ron. Not wanting to sit in between my old boyfriend and my new beau, I backed out of the aisle quickly telling Daddy D that there were two good seats in the front row. Thus, our first date we sat in the stiff-neck seats and watched the movie. I do not know whether that Ron saw us that night, and Daddy D did not learn about Ron until later.


So our first date began with Daddy D definitely having two dates, and I had two offers. The beginning must have not been too bad; we are still together 43 years later.

53 comments:

Robinella said...

Oh that is priceless! Love your "dos".

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I love the pictures. And, obviously the flame still burns if you've managed 43 years together.

lisa's chaos said...

That is such a sweet story and wonderful you are still together all these many years later!

theotherbear said...

Great hair!
And priceless that he had 2 dates on that night!

Peter said...

Good for you two, you were a popular pair and no doubt you still are.

willowtree said...

WTF?? That's a picture of Dennis Quaid when he was young!

TheBirdman33 said...

cute story!

I will have tell my story at some point in the future when I have a story to tell. =(

Beccy said...

Two dates, and two offers, brilliant!

Sayre said...

WT beat me to it - you married Dennis Quaid??? Are you secretly Meg Ryan?

No? Okay, you're right - those two never would have managed 43 years, anyway.

Hootin'Anni said...

I was gonna say....2+2 equals 4, but we need to add a '3' to that 4!!! 43 years.....soooooo cool.

her indoors said...

wow 43 years congratulations to you both that is so sweet.
and to even know the time when you first met brilliant

Alix said...

Great story and lovely that you have been together for 43 years - wow

Blue Momma said...

Congrats on 43 years. That's outstanding! Especially considering you two were both quite the players back then....;)

SwampAngel65 said...

Cute! And the best part is reading that you two are still together!! As the Beatles would say, "All you need is love"

Pamela said...

That is so funny.
I'm wondering what would have happened had you not seen him until you got into the seat.

Beckie said...

I love that story!

Not that this is about me....but I was born 5 months later. I like to hear about that timeframe - my parents were older and had no clue about the pop culture of the time.

Sandy said...

Sounds like you both made the right choice! Thanks for sharing.

Karmyn R said...

Too funny - Daddy D dating dilemma.

Shame on him - but looks like you were the one!

furiousBall said...

See... this is the stuff I need to hear about. People actually making a relationship last. Thanks for this.

Tiggerlane said...

Two people in very high demand! And cool photos...I'll be Ron saw you, and was INSANELY jealous!

ChrisB said...

That is a wonderful story.

Margaret said...

I love stories of how people met--and 43 years is a long time! It's been 28 years together for me and the mister. (over half my life-eek!)

daddy d said...

Forty-three and counting. Better than ever. Such a great true story.

Patriot said...

Very cute - congratulations on 43 years!!

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dawn said...

A gripping story until the end. So funny that Ron showed up and had two empty seats by him. I love the irony of you having two offers and DaddyD having two dates. Great story.

Sirdar said...

That is funny. Both of you had "other" plans and you both ended up together. Sounds like a great story.

Jen M. said...

I love this story!

Misslionheart♥ said...

I'd have sat between the two of them! lol

Nessa said...

Lovely story. Good thing you guys made the right choices.

captain corky said...

What a knock out! I like a story with happy ending MJD!

Tink said...

TWO dates? Wow. What a playboy. ;)

Robocop said...

43 years? Wow. They should give a prize for that**LOL**

Kaytabug said...

43 years that is SO AWESOME!!! Congrats! I loved your story! Your photos are great as always!
So Sweet!

Kellan said...

43 years! That is wonderful. We are going on 24. Great to see people still stay together!

Junebug said...

I'm slow as usual with my post, if you want to see my hubby as a little guitar player that he is. We have been married 32 years.

PAT said...

I love this story...it's wonderful!! Made me smile!

Pat

Robin said...

Oh, Molly...YOUR STORY IS MY FAVORITE!! Your beginning is wonderfully fun--AND memorable. And if I'm not mistaken, I'd bet y'all have been married longer than anyone else in the FM bunch.

Well told, you two little minxes, you ;).

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