I knew my husband from High School. I was in the theater clique-backstage building sets and stage managing the plays and musicals. Matt was a very smart football and clarinet player. We had a few classes together, but it was Regent Physics that pushed us together. Although I paid attention, took copious notes, and had my dad reexplain the lessons, I was clueless. Matt, on the other hand, aced each unit. Physics made sense.
By the end of April of our senior year, it was too late for me to drop the class (even if my parents let me). Summer felt close since the school musical, Babes in Arms, ended. Matt came to the cast parties since he played in the pit orchestra and had the one note solo to the Johnny One Note number. He offered to help me study for the state Regents test. We met at the library. Although he was patient, I suspected he shared my dad’s sentiment, “How can she not get this?”
Matt eventually got up the nerve to ask me to the senior prom.
I passed (66) Physics (I think Matt earned a 98 or something crazy like that), went to prom with the big guy, and walked with him at graduation.
We stayed together through college, married in my parent’s backyard three weeks after graduation on June 16th 1979, and started our life story together.
My theme for the 2022 AtoZ Blog Challenge is titled Grand Prompts To Ask Your Grands. Each day in April I will present a conversation starter/journal prompt to ask your parents, grandparents, aunts, older neighbors, co-workers, yourself…you get the idea. The questions are meant to forge connections between and within generations and inspire storytelling and journaling.
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