The third in a series of six epic tales…sure to warm the hearts and souls of those in the upper Midwest…and maybe other places too…but for now…just the upper Midwest.
So 1988 began much like the previous year left off….quietly. Not. Much. Going. On. I was just a lonely single dude….lookin’ for love and not having much luck. Truth be told, I wasn’t much of a Don Juan character. My total number of dates in the previous five years could be counted on one hand….so yeah….I was PRIMED for SUCCESS!!
A mutual friend got Connie, my future wife, to stop by the store where I was working and meet me. Needless to say, the vixen that she was/is, went all out that initial introduction and wore baggy gray sweatpants and huge winter parka….HOT STUFF BABY!! Long story short….we went out on a date, then another (the next night) and by the end of the night…we were discussing the possibility of marriage…to each other. Thirteen days later…we were engaged.
Back then when you became engaged folks threw you a wedding shower. In our case….we had shower, after shower, after shower. Even folks from our workplaces threw us showers.
And…another shower. This one at the Methodist church in historic Joy Illinois.
After our wedding we did the usual sexy young couple stuff….we sat in front of International posters and looked suave…
We went to concerts…Lee Greenwood! Randy Travis!! Kenny Rogers!! We met important people!
In the mean time we had started on…well, starting a family. We got close a couplea times…but this last one…we went the distance. On December 18th 1990 on a cold winter morning we became parents for the first time. We were green. Amateurs. Rookies in the first degree. I could have gone on for a while…you know…just practicing to get pregnant (HAR HAR) but my bride was born to be a mommy. She relished and cherished the idea of being a mommy. Me? Well ladies and gentlemen…the following photo pretty much sums up my idea of parenting in the early stages….
Parenthood…what was THAT all about?! I was clueless, but being clueless is something that I seem to specialize in. Until the next episode…stay warm and classy…like me.