It all began …

The following was in the newspaper yesterday:

“Did you marry your high school sweetheart?  The (newspaper) is looking for stories about couples who dated during their teen years and ended up married to each other.”

So, of course, I thought I would submit our story.  But when I looked back through all the Hubby posts here, I couldn’t find one that told the story of  when “it all began”.  That is really an omission, because it is one of the most important turning points in both our lives.  So, I’m going to correct that omission right now:

On New Year’s Eve, 1961 I was 15 and staying overnight with Robyn, one of my girlfriends. When it was almost midnight, her boyfriend, Wayne, called from a party to ask if he could stop over for a little while to see in the New Year with her. But she explained that I was there, so that probably wouldn’t work. No problem, he said. Just by coincidence he had a friend who he had wanted me to meet anyway, and that friend just happened to be right there at the party too!  So Robyn said okay – in that case they could both stop over.  But when Wayne hung up the phone, he definitely had a problem.  He didn’t really have a friend in mind to introduce to Robyn’s friend whom he had only met a few times, but he needed to find somebody quick! He looked around the room and his eyes landed on his friend Jim (probably one of the taller guys in the room, so he stood out). So Wayne went over and gave Jim a “sales pitch” about Sandy, his girlfriend’s “cool” friend, and convinced Jim to come with him to meet me.  The rest is history.  Jim and I went together, sometimes off but mostly on, for the rest of high school and married a year after I graduated.  We have just celebrated our 45th wedding anniversary.

I’ve always loved telling the story about how Wayne picked Jim for me.  And it’s no surprise to anyone who knows Wayne that he spent his entire career working in sales – he definitely had a talent for it.  But, to my way of thinking, the most important sales pitch Wayne ever gave was the one he gave to Jim about a girl name Sandy, on New Year’s Eve, 1961.

12 Responses to It all began …

  1. C. Beth says:

    That gave me happy shivers! What a great story!

  2. Karen says:

    That is such a cool and romantic story …so inspiring, especially in this day of short amrriages and no marriages…

    Now that song from ‘Grease’ is going through my head ‘Summer loving, had me a blast ..’ :-)Must have been something to do with the name , Sandy 🙂

    Did Robyn end up with Wayne??

    Not such a happy story on my blog…but you know what..I have faith !

  3. carlahoag says:

    What a wonderful story!

    Joe and I met because he was playing the organ for a revival at the church I attended. I didn’t actually meet him at church, though. He and another guy came by to see me because they were trying to get the youth group going. He’d already come to my house twice when I was gone and that day I was at my friend’s house. My mother called me there and made me come home.

    I’m so glad she did.

  4. Sandra says:

    Beth — Ooooo, I like the idea of inspiring “happy shivers”! 🙂

    Karen — It’s so nice to hear from you! No, Robyn and Wayne didn’t end up getting married, but because of this little episode, I sure am happy they at least dated for a while!

    Carla — Love your story too. It’s always fun to hear “it all began” stories. 🙂

  5. C says:

    Great story! My husband and I started dating in high school– I was 16. Alas, after 37 years, he went nuts! C

  6. Hilary says:

    Great story, Sandra. Yours always are.

  7. lesley says:

    That’s a lovely story Sandy, & I bet it only seems like yesterday right?
    Baz & I met at a party on Boxing night 1974, married Sept 1975, & I still greet him at the door with “you staying tonight”! hee hee “his answer? ” I might do”

  8. Suldog says:

    Marvelous story. Happy 45th!

  9. Julie says:

    Thanks for sharing this Aunt Sandy! I’m also glad Wayne introduced Uncle Jim to you. 😀 I love to hear how people met before they were married.

    Our first date was on New Year’s Eve. We had met a few months earlier, but I’ll always remember our first date being on New Year’s Eve.

  10. mommybee says:

    Thank you for sharing this! =-)

    I wish more of today’s younger generations would see the wisdom in a lifelong committed marriage!

  11. Sandra says:

    C — I know your story and it makes me so sad/mad that he went “middle age crazy” at your expense. It is to his great detriment and loss — a fact I can’t help but believe has crossed his mind a time or two.

    Hilary — Thanks as always, for looking for the best in me, friend.

    Leslie — I love your “greeting”! Hubby laughed at it too. I think a sense of humor is a wonderful component to a happy marriage! 🙂

    Suldog — Thank you!

    Julie — I think it’s always interesting to hear how couples met too. And as I remember, didn’t Jon’s mom introduce you? I love that part of your story. Kind of guarantees you’ll have a great relationship with your MIL, doesn’t it! Just another way your marriage has been blessed. 🙂

    Mommybee — Thank you. I agree that one of the greatest blessings you can have in life is a long, happy marriage.

  12. […]  And by the way, if you missed the post I did not too long ago about how we met, you can read it here.  Maybe reading our story will get your writing juices flowing, as well as give you a […]

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