.....remember your very first date?
The excitement? The fear and trepidation, desire to make
that first impression?
Keep that thought as I tell you the REST of the story.
When I first began spending time with Bill ,I listened, as he
told me stories of his life with his wife and children.
Wonderful stories of how he and Jeanenne agreed on the
way the children should be raised.
Bill was a pipeline welder for the local gas company (who
worked nights as a plumber) and Jeanenne, a stay-at-home
mom, provided a good homelife, the meals and kept the six
kids cared for.
With such a large family, there was not too much time, or
finance for extras, but when there was, it was shared
To what extent, is actually the fun in this story.
Lynn, Bill and Jeanennes's eldest daughter, had reached
sixteen and was finally permitted her first date.
Following, of course, the DIATRIBE (Lynn's description) of all
the rules and regulations the date had to agree to before
he escaped the premises with the treasured daughter.
In our area of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, there is a
famous curb service (since 1947) which has become THEE
place for the first date and so popular as to have been
featured on televisions's Guy Fieri's "Diners, Drive-ins and
Kids and (adults who bring their classic cars and still believe
they are kids) from all over, rush to Jerrys to enjoy the best
food and the thrill of watching the cars cruise throughout the
So there sits Lynn with her first date, smiling, enjoying coke
and french fries, anticipating the movie later in the evening,
watching the cars cruise passed.
When all of a sudden a familiar sight, a huge, boat of a
vehicle, station wagon with faded wooden doors and a kid
hanging from each window waving and screaming, "HI
And to make it even worse, it backed in directly beside
Lynn's dates' Chevrolet.
Lynn tells me she blacked out at that point and has no
memory of what happened after that.
Her siblings, however, told me it was the best first date
they ever had even though they had to share the french
I smiled as I listened to that story but was sympathetic
to how Lynn must have felt at seeing her dad and mom
pull in beside her.
"Didn't you realize, how she would have felt," I asked
Bill when he finished, "Well I just figured we could all share
the first dinner together," he answered. "After all, we
didn't follow them to the movie!"
I just shook my head as I thought there should be a limit to
What do you think?