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    Posted April 10, 2012 by
    LinDowns
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    Acworth, Georgia
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    Did you marry your prom date?

    From prom to marriage - 40 years later

     
    We went to our junior prom together and fell in love. Started going steady, and decided to apply to the same college, and went on our college interview together. Were both accepted and were inseparable until the end of our senior year. My husband even took me out for dinner to celebrate our first anniversary, and had the orchestra play the anniversary waltz. Then, one week before our senior prom, he broke up with me and broke my heart. Ended up not speaking to each other for the last few weeks of our senior year, but ran into each other when we started at the same college in the fall. It was too late for us to be accepted at different schools by that time. We ran into each other for the rest of our freshman year, but never seemed able to be able to communicate and honestly tell each other how much we still cared. At the end of the year I had to drop out to support my mother and baby brother, and shortly after that moved from NJ to Florida. For the next 40 years, I had no idea where he was, until I registered with Classmates.com and was contacted by our class secretary. The first question I emailed to him was to ask if anyone knew where my now-husband was, and he said yes - he was in San Francisco. Still, it took me 5 years to get up enough nerve to send him an email, right after our 40th class anniversary. He emailed me back within minutes, then called me a few hours later when we spoke for the first time since 1966. For the next week we emailed and called each other incessantly, and within 3 weeks, I was on a plane to San Francisco. Two months later, he flew to Atlanta and spent a couple of weeks with me, getting to know my daughter and grandson, and going with me to Florida to meet other relatives and friends. Three weeks later, we rented a truck and moved him to Atlanta, and got engaged immediately. Six months later, on the first anniversary of the date we first emailed each other, we were married, with all of our surviving relatives and friends present (including my best friend from high school). That was 6-1/2 years ago, and we are still best friends and just as much in love as we were when we found each other, and a lot more than when we were in high school. Maturity, being able to communicate, say we're sorry, and rediscovering our mutual faith have had a lot to do with it. We are truly blessed to have found each other before it was too late. We consider ourselves to be the luckiest people in the world!
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