The first time I met Paw-Paw was back in 1967 during the fall quarter of my freshman year in college.  I can still remember exactly where I was sitting with some friends in the grill at school when Paw-Paw came up to the table, introduced himself and started talking to us.  There was an immediate attraction.  He had a confidence and sense of humor that I loved.  He told me later that when he first saw me across the room, he told his friends that he was going to meet me and ask me out.

The next morning, he “just happened” to come through the cafeteria breakfast line where I was working.  We soon had our first date, started “going steady” a couple months later, and we became engaged in December 1968.  When he kissed me the first time, we were standing on the sidewalk outside my dorm.  I was standing on the edge of the sidewalk, and when he kissed me, I lost my balance and he had to catch me.  We always joked that he literally swept me off my feet with that first kiss.

We were married in 1969, our daughter was born in 1974 and our son in 1978.  After 28 years of marriage, we divorced in 1997.  If we hadn’t divorced we’d be celebrating our 37th anniversary in a couple weeks.  We plan to remarry soon. 

Since PawPaw and I have been back together the past year, I’ve had friends ask me if I wish I had given it another chance back in 1997 - do I wish that we had tried harder.  That’s a tough question because back then I could only make the decision that seemed right at the time.  In retrospect it’s easy to say, “Sure - we should have tried harder - we could have done things differently.”  The years of being divorced were both good and bad.  I think we both learned and grew a lot through the experience.  We both had other relationships and became involved in groups and activities that we never would have known otherwise.  It definitely expanded our world.  But, on the negative side, we lost those years of being together.  We can’t go back and change things.  We can only move forward and hopefully learn from the past.

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3 Responses to “Monday Memory - The First Time I Met PawPaw”

  1. Jane Says:

    I am SO happy for the two of you and wish you all the best. What a wonderful love story.

  2. Ruth Says:

    “Paw Paw “was (and is) a charmer. And so are you. Your whole family wss shocked and dismayed at the divorce and missed seeing Paw Paw…. I agree with Jane that you an he did make a wonderful love story and I never saw any couple who seemed more “in love”. Congratulations for deciding to start over together. It seems a wise decision to me. God bless you both.

  3. beth Says:

    I didn’t know this story. It’s so sweet. What a wonderful love story )

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