|Jim & Sally
Not long after this first marriage proposal of sorts, we were separated by family pressures, moves, and college attendance in different states. Despite these distances and distractions, my dear high school sweetheart maintained that we were destined for each other and should get married someday. After he finished college, when I was still in college, he came to visit me and once again proposed marriage. I was really not interested in marrying anyone at the time. I remember him telling me that he would get a teaching job that would pay him about $4000 a year. That was tempting, but no, I really wasn't ready for marriage.
A few years later, I became engaged to my former husband. I wrote Jim, my high school sweetheart, to tell him I was getting married. At the time, we were living in the same state. He called me and asked if he could come to see me and take me to dinner. My fiance' didn't have a problem with that, so Jim drove from Provo, Utah to Ogden, Utah to take me to dinner three days before I married my first husband. Jim listened to me tell him about my new guy and all about our plans. Then, he said, "Sally, you are making a big mistake. You are supposed to marry me. I'm asking you again, Will you marry me?" I told him I would always care deeply about him, but that I was not changing my plans. I planned on marrying someone else.
Fast forward thirty years: I had been divorced for ten years and living in Colorado Springs. Jim, just recently divorced and living in Pueblo, called me asked me to lunch. The years seemed to literally fall away when we first re-connected. Within just a few months, he again asked me to marry him. This time, I was smart enough to say, "Yes." Six months later, on June 12, 1992, we were married.
This year, exactly fifty years after our first prom date, we attended what will no doubt be our last prom together. Serving as an administrator, after coming out of retirement for six months, at a school district near Colorado Springs, meant that my husband again had prom duty.
The main lodge was located across the courtyard from our lodge. Another prom was held right outside our room. That was really quite cool.
|Jim & Sally
Fifty Years After Our First Prom
Jim & Sally 2011