March 6, 2016 3:35pm CST
I met my husband the 2nd day of my freshman year in college. The fraternities on campus hosted a dance to welcome all incoming freshman. My husband, with the most beautiful blue eyes I had ever seen, asked me to dance and that was all it took. We dated for three years when my husband decided to leave in his senior year to join the United States Army during the Vietnam War. My husband knew the benefits he would gain from serving in the U.S. Military. I was miserable every day without him and when I heard he would be stationed at Ft. Sheridan in Highwood, Illinois, writing news releases for the Army, then no way was I going to stay at Eastern Illinois University without him. My husband would come down to college to visit me on weekends, but that just would not do. So, we eloped. Both sets of parents took the elopement in stride. We had spent time with his parents and mine over the few years we dated and they were not surprised that we would find a way to be together. My husband and I both finished our degrees, we worked in the professions for which we were trained, and we waited a very long time for our only child. The judge at the courthouse in our college town told us, "The couples I marry stay married." Well, after 44 years of marriage, I am sure the judge would be happy to know that we definitely have had one very long haul.
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• United States
14 Mar 16
@slund2041 It is pretty cool. Both belonged to Sigma Tau Gamma fraternity. My dad was a member in WWII and my husband was a member in the 1970s. They have attended homecoming and fraternity events together at EIU. My husband is so helpful with my dad.
• United States
19 Mar 16
@Morleyhunt Yes, the long haul is the way marriage should be. Congrats on all those wonderful children and grandchildren. Our son is our only child and he married 3 months ago. Hopefully and grandbaby or two in our future.