“What will I wear?” I still couldn’t believe this was happening.
It was only Wednesday when he called long-distance to see how I was. Long-distance was expensive 44 years ago. It cost more to dial across the state than it did to call across the country. The only discount to be found was calling after 10p. But he didn’t wait for the savings, which gave me a hint as to his thoughts.
We talked about nothing really. Both happy and nervous to speak after years since we last saw each other. He suggested we go to lunch after church on Sunday, since he would be in town.
I may have said yes before he finished the question.
Then he remembered Sunday was Father’s Day. “How about we go out Saturday instead. That is if you’re free.”
Free? I hadn’t felt this free in a long time. I had a feeling my future was calling. Could Tom be the one I had prayed for, longed for, desired to get to know more? Only God knew. I controlled my emotions and managed a simple, “Yes, Saturday works for me.”
We hung up and I bolted from my room screaming, “Tom Walter called me. Tom Walter called ME!!!”
My grandmother was sitting at the kitchen bar as I bolted passed her, like a bundle of adrenaline looking to explode.
Saturday came. I decided on a navy blue skirt with a blue and white striped top. My white platform shoes added the final touch.
I was ready long before the clock said He would come. I couldn’t stop looking through our front door window.
And then it happened. His Mercury Monarch pulled into my driveway. He came to the door dressed in a three piece suit. My heart pounded louder than his knock.
He opened my car door and drove me to one of the nicest French restaurants in town. Mind you, I was only 18. Tom was 23. This was new and exciting for both of us.
I talk and laugh when I’m nervous, and there was lots of both that night. We both felt comfortable with each other and wanted to learn more. Tom joked before we got to the restaurant that he made reservations at McDonald’s. I think it wouldn’t have mattered where we ate dinner that night. I was feasting on possibilities.
This was the start of what God had established in His will long before we knew each other. I can’t help but believe He was smiling right along with us.
44 years ago today.
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