Forty Years Ago Today . . .

Today is a very special day.  Today is the anniversary of my first date with Prince Charming.  As a matter of fact, today is the 40th anniversary of my first date with Prince Charming.

Sadly, it’s also the date that Prince Charming and I had picked as the day when we would be married.  I thought it would be wonderfully romantic to get married on the 40th anniversary of our first date.  He thought it was a bit sappy but he agreed to it because it made me so happy.  He was also totally surprised that, after all the years we spent apart, I still remembered our anniversary.

To say that today is a bittersweet day is an total understatement.

I won’t focus on the sad aspect of the day and focus on the sweet love story that started out all those years ago.  I wish I had a picture of us that night, but there don’t seem to be any pictures of us together from that time in our lives.

However, there is one story that is legend in Prince Charming’s family.  A story that Prince Charming’s dad loved to tell whenever we told the story about how we were junior high sweethearts.  (For those of you who have followed my blog for a while and have already heard this story, I apologize for the re-run!)  Prince Charming and I started dating when I was 12 and he was 13.  Our first date was a dance at the Local Junior High School.  Since we were so young, we had to depend on the parents for transportation.  Prince Charming’s Dad was more than happy to do that for us.

Now, let me tell you that I was TERRIFIED for Prince Charming’s Dad . . . because he looked like Abe Lincoln.  Tall, lanky, and even had the beard.  He was a kind man with a heart of gold and a mischievous streak a mile wide . . . and the temptation to pick on his oldest son and his new girlfriend on their first date was just too much to bear.

This was back in 1975 (yes, I just gave away my age!) and during the CB craze.  Prince Charming’s Dad had a CB . . . and a PA system attached to it.  I don’t remember WHY he had a PA system, but he did.  Anyway, there I am in the back seat of the Big Ford Station Wagon being driven to my first date EVER with a guy that I had a huge crush on.  We get to the dance and get out of the car start to go into the building.  All of our friends were arriving at the dance at the same time and there was a nice little crowd outside of the building.  Just as Prince Charming’s Dad was pulling away from the curb, he flipped the switch to the PA system and said . . . in his loud booming Abe Lincoln voice . . . “Ya’ll have a nice time now.”

I turned beet red.  Prince Charming turned beet red.  We wanted to crawl under the sidewalk and never be seen from again.

I think we could hear Prince Charming’s Dad laughing as he drove away.

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