Bill & Milly
I don’t know how long my parents dated, but I know that they got married when Mother was 18 and Daddy was 21. Mother went to church regularly. One Sunday evening, Daddy and his pals came to visit the church. They slid into the pew behind her. Mother’s pet peeve was people popping chewing gum, and Daddy had a big wad of it in his mouth. She got all huffy about it and turned around to give him a dirty look, to which he replied, “Crane that pretty neck back around here darlin’ and let me see that smile.” I don’t think he won her heart at that moment, but eventually she fell for his wit and charm. They married on March 26, 1937.
They apparently got along fairly well, because I am the fifth of six children. When number six was born, the pastor of our church told her that God intended for us to populate the earth, but He didn’t leave it all to one person.