On October 3, 1963, Mama walked into the store cafeteria - I was a 20 year old nervous young man, we had planned this first date over a year earlier! It was about noon, I was 30 minutes early. She smiled at me, and I smiled back - It was the very first time we had seen each other! I had driven over 3 hours to meet her. I lived in Northwestern Michigan she in Southeastern Michigan.
We had written close to 375 letters to each other but had never met. Now I was "'home" on leave from the USAF from Italy for 60 days. The first week in December I would head to Crete, in the Mediterranean Sea. I would be gone for 15 more months.
She looked pretty, but nervous. We were to have lunch together, she worked at the store. So I had to wait. We talked - went to a park and swung on the swings. The weekend was a blur. We went to a special service at church that night. Mama considered it our first date, I considered it our second date - I wanted a kiss! Mama said; "no!" I was disappointed! :o( The "3rd" date I got my first kiss - since then there have been many kisses and two children.
On November 21, 1963 mama and I got engaged. We were excited! We have been best friends ever since!