Fifty Nutty Years!

Dear Liza,

Believe it or not, your Grandpa Nelson and I started ‘going steady’ fifty years ago!

On the way to the beach in 1971

We met in 1971 at Mira Costa High School. He was in band and I was in choir, and his locker was just across from mine in the music hall. His best friend, Kevin, had a crush on my best friend, Debbie, and they walked around making googly eyes at each other. Nelson and I walked behind them, rolling our eyes. We discovered that we liked each other, too.

In a photo booth somewhere….

I met his family and he met mine, and we started going out. Our regular date spot was the Taco Bell on Sepulveda Boulevard, because it was halfway between our two houses, and it was cheap. We did a certain amount of making googly eyes.

Going out somewhere fancy with my family, 1972

When school was out, we spent most days at the beach. One day when we were laying on the sand, he rolled over and said, “Hey, you want to get married?”

Shirley, us, and Gary, 1974

”Sure,” I said. “But let’s finish high school first, okay?” So we did.

And the rest is history! Two kids, three grandkids, nine houses and many cats later, here we are still together. We added dear Auntie Bridgett to our household, and we make a mighty fine trouple.

We three in Seattle in 2019

Life is good. Life is silly. Life can also be dark, sad, and confusing. But the people we love help us hold on to the light.


Grandma Judy

Author: Judy

I am a new transplant to Portland from Salinas, a small city in Central California. This is a blog about my new city.

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