The mixup to 41 years of marriage
(Gulfport, MS USA)
Becky and Mike at younger son's Wedding
My cousin arranged to set me up on a blind date with Donna. Donna lives with another girl and when I arrived, the girl was home but Donna weren't.
A few minutes later, Donna, my cousin and another three girls arrived and introductions were made. I have to stop here and tell you that I have been hard of hearing all my life and don't handle "group" conversation well.
Instead of leaving with Donna, we all went to a local dance hall called "Red Dog Saloon". I danced with all the girls but really clicked with Donna. I made a date for later in the week but had to leave the girls at the Saloon since I was scheduled to work the midnight shift at the glass factory.
The next morning my sister asked me when I came in how was my date with Donna. I told her she was a cute blond and had a date later with her. My sister told me that Donna was not a blond.
I called my cousin but my aunt answered the phone. When I explained my confusion, she told me that I had a date with a girl named Becky. (never lived that down with my family).
On Friday night, I went back to Donna's house and again, confusion, Becky doesn't live there. Donna took compassion and had me to follow her and her boyfriend over to Becky's house. Wouldn't you know, the whole family was there. Again, didn't catch everyones name but wound up having time to get to know them.
Becky and I was married a year later. On her side of the story, she had told her mother after our "real" first date, that she found the man she was going to marry. That was 41 years ago and counting.