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