This is the story of how my mother and father met. It was on our local television a few years ago -
Dad lived around the corner from mom. Being five years older than her - all he could do was watch her. He was an altar boy at church.
When mom was seven years old she made her First Holy Communion and practice was held in the church several times before the actual mass. My father fell for her immediately!
Dad ran home and told his parents that there was a beautiful blonde, with long, curly hair who made a perfect bride and he was going to marry her. Twelve years old and he knew who he was going to marry!
Of course - his parents just laughed it off. The day of the First Holy Communion, he pointed her out to his parents. For years he just kept on eye on her.
World War II broke out - and dad’s brothers had enlisted in the service. Dad followed right behind them. Before he left, he gave his parents strict instructions to keep an eye on the girl he was going to marry. Every letter he wrote home was always the same - is that beautiful blonde still there? I am going to marry her when I get out.
Four years later dad was discharged from the Navy. First day home he went looking for his future wife. He went straight to my grandmother and asked permission to take mom out. Of course - gram said NO! He was five years older than her.
So dad started to “stalk” mom. Every time she left the house - he was there to walk with her. When she finished high school and went to work, he walked her to and from the bus stop. If she went to the corner store, he had to walk with her.
Finally gram said he could see her - once a week for just an hour or two.
Dad took mom to the show on their first date and proposed to her. She refused. He proposed again. She said no. He proposed again. Since she couldn’t get rid of him - she said yes. She always said she had no choice - he was so persistent and even told her that he WAS going to marry her whether she wanted to get married or not!!!
They had a wonderful marriage - he was the only man she ever dated. Dad passed 16 years ago - but he still lives on in her heart.