Remember at the beginning of the month, I promised some love stories from my Grandparents? Well, I have one of them for you today!
I had a list of Questions that I emailed to my Grandma, thinking I would turn the answers into a type of story to make it fun to read. However I received a surprise when Gran emailed me the answers. The answers were so fun and how she referred to grandpa was just adorable. So with a little editing, here is a love story that has lasted nearly half a century!
When and where did you meet?After The Girl graduated in ’61 she headed out to California with four others. The five stopped in KS for the night and the friends there quickly called in some YF (young folks/youth group) to meet us. Mr. Wonderful came in with a girl in slacks. Hardly anyone wore slacks back then. Then they left and came back with another girl. One of the guys would tease Mr. Wonderful about The Girl and he would chase him out the door. They would ride away on a motorcycle for a little, then come back. The Girl was 18 at the time and Mr. Wonderful was 16.
Do you remember what your first impression was of grandpa?The Girl thought he was cute. And she liked the way he looked at her.
Do you remember your first date?The next year Mr. Wonderful and The Girl met again at the church conference. (refer to this post, about the church conference) On Sat night 3 guys drove by where The Girl and 2 of her friends were. One of the guys was The Girl’s brother, one was Mr. Wonderful, and one was the driver. The 3 girls rode with them to get a bite to eat. Split company, of course, but The Girl helped Mr. Wonderful eat his fries. Then he ordered more to share, they shared several orders of fries that night! The next evening at the yf gathering, The Girl noticed Mr Wonderful watching her a lot. When the girls got in a car to go to where they were going to spend the night, a group of boys came over and lifted the car up so it wouldn’t move. One of the guys tried to get the keys. The driver pulled the keys out quickly and threw them in the back. They landed in The Girl’s lap. To have some fun, She threw them over the car to where Mr. Wonderful was standing. Everyone was standing around and nothing was happening. The Girl realized that Mr. Wonderful may not not have seen them. So She got out of the car, went around the car and asked Mr. Wonderful if he had them and he didn’t. So the guys pushed the car backward, and then forward to shine the car lights where Mr. Wonderful had been standing when The Girl threw the keys. Then everyone looked for the keys until they found them.
What did you do?The next day when The Girl got to the conference, it seemed like everyone she met said, “Someone is looking for you!”. Mr. Wonderful did find The Girl before church started and they went in together ( sign that you are dating) They also went to services together in a meeting house that evening and then out for a snack. The fast food place had lights that shed a green light on their skin and The Girl looked at Mr. Wonderful and said “YOU are Green!” Later on that evening Mr. Wonderful put his arms around The Girl and told her he loved her. (insert awwww)
How long did you date before you were engaged?It was almost a year
How often did you get to see each other?Summer Mr Wonderful came to VA. The Girl went to KS on Thanksgiving, He went to VA on Christmas and She went to see Mr. Wonderful at Easter. Then Mr. Wonderful drove by himself to VA to get married on the tenth day after his 18th birthday. Many trips were made by train (fun!) And The Girl’s brother, often helped out with traveling as well. We did a lot of phoning and wrote letters almost every day.
How did he “pop the question”?Mr. Wonderful came to VA in the summer with Kendra’s husband’s great Uncle Alvin and The Girl went to Ks right before Thanksgiving. Before The Girl went back home, Mr Wonderful put his arms around her and said “I love you. Will you marry me?” She said yes, if he would fix his own onions. (!!!)
What was going on in the world/your lives while you were dating?
Who knows? Ohh!
John Kennedy was president.
- The drug thalidomide is recalled when it became linked with birth defects (minus arms or legs) in thousands of children worldwide.
- John Glenn Was the first American in orbit and circled the earth three times.
- The first US rocket Ranger IV lands on the moon
- Polaroid introduces color film prints which develop in 60 seconds
- The first transatlantic television transmission occurs via the Tel-star Satellite
- Mariner II, the first interplanetary probe, reaches Venus
- Unimation introduces the first industrial robot to perform repetitive manufacturing tasks
- U.S. Air Force investigates using lasers to intercept missiles
- The first use of silicone breast implants by Houston plastic surgeons
What was something you really enjoyed doing while you were dating?Visiting with other couples.
What advice would you give couples who are just starting their lives together?The best advice I could give anyone is to know and love the Lord and make sure their to-be does too. Praying together and reading the Bible together before marriage would be a must in my book, with promises to continue praying and reading at least once a day after marriage. Without missing! Another thing… If you look at the boy’s dad, or the girls mom, you may get a pretty good idea of what kind of person you will married to in older years. (This one kinda makes sense, I look a lot like both my mom and grandma)
I also asked her if they had a photo of their first car.
We actually didn’t have a car at the time of our marriage. Mr. Wonderful’s dad had bought a brand new 62 Chevy and the ’55 that he had, he let Mr. Wonderful drive, and then gave it to us after we were married.. The value of that car at that time was nothing like what one like it would cost today if it was in good shape.! Dimes have changed.
Read the Full Love Story Series!
I have been known to link up to these totally cool and awesome linky parties! Why don’t you see which ones you can link up with today?