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A love story

Ann Arbor, 1959

He ... was a lot of things: a Korean War veteran; a Manhattanite; a woodworker, inventer, and tinkerer:  the youngest of six children of a disabled immigrant watch repairman. When he was a boy, he used to dress in his best suit on Sundays and be chased all the way to the Metropolitan Museum, where he'd spend the day looking and sketching, and then be chased all the way back home. These days he was a doctoral candidate in mathematics. But what he primarily was, on that evening, was drunk.

She ... was a lot of things: a teacher, by profession and by nature; an adventurer, in her quiet way, who had once moved from Maryland to Egypt to teach school; the eldest daughter of a very minor Anglo-American industrialist.  A shy voice and a social conscience, in a ladylike skirt. She'd always been the one to ask the hard questions in catechism class and be sent to the headmistress. Right now she was a graduate student in linguistics. What she mostly was, that evening, was unimpressed.

"Where are you from?" he asked.

"Baltimore," she said.

"Baltimore!" he said. "I hate that place. No matter which way you approach it, it always looks like a slum!"

And that should have been the end of it.

But his friends knew one of her roommates, and told them that he'd been talking all about this little linguist he'd met at the party, and how cute she was. For a girl who'd been told all her life that she was "almost pretty", this was strong beer. So when he phoned and asked her out, she said yes.

Today is their 50th wedding anniversary: my parents.

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earlgreytea68
Jan. 28th, 2012 03:03 pm (UTC)
Awww, that's sweet! Happy Anniversary to them!
frakup
Jan. 28th, 2012 05:23 pm (UTC)
Aww! Congrats to them! Your parents and my parents were in Ann Arbor around the same time. My dad got his Ph.D. there (Chemistry) starting in 1962. That was also the year they got married, so my folks' 50th is next August.
wickedgillie
Jan. 28th, 2012 07:53 pm (UTC)
THAT was a beautiful telling. Best wishes to them. And well done, Dad!
ladychi
Jan. 28th, 2012 08:12 pm (UTC)
That was a beautiful story!

I'm so glad you shared it, and congratulations to your parents!
glory_jean
Feb. 1st, 2012 10:30 am (UTC)
Oh this is lovely. :)

Happy Anniversary to your parents!
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