Dear 100 Hour Board,
How did your parents meet?
- Goldfish Girl
At the Y. My dad saw my mom taking out the trash. I feel like they were in the same ward, too, but that could be a lie. I don't know, I wasn't born yet.
Um, yep, me too. They met at Canyon Terrace apartments. Same ward. My mom had asked my dad's roommate to go to some game with her or something and either the other guy canceled and Dad went instead, or she met him when she went to meet up with Dad's roommate. I think her date canceled.
They were both attending a community college in Wyoming, and were enrolled in the same theater class. My dad had been a theater geek, and is very artistic and creative. He even considered a job doing makeup and the like. He was always either late to or absent from this class, but was getting a good grade, because the teacher liked him. My mom, on the other hand, never missed a day, and was only getting an okay grade. (She was only taking the class because she had to.)
My mom thought my dad was "hot," in her words, and the rest is history.
Fun fact: my dad threw up before he drove over to propose to my mom, he was so nervous.
At some FHE activity, though I don't think they were at BYU at the time. They played charades. He thought she was the bee's knees. She thought he was weird. And there's some running joke about how he was wearing white socks that I really don't get--fashions are different today. Anyway, knowing she sometimes went running, asked if she wanted to go with him. She agreed, but wasn't too excited about it. In fact, she pretended not to know it was a date, and brought her friend along, too. But I guess she decided he was all right, because she started going on normal 2-person dates soon after. Once, she even sent him a card with a picture of a jogging Snoopy on it. The caption inside was "Hey, baby. My pace or yours?" My dad's reaction was "talk about an offer you can't resist!" And 2 years later, they were married.
They met in at a singles' activity in California when my mom was all of two weeks out of high school. (Eeep!) Then my mom went up to BYU in the fall and my dad came up for winter and they started dating and got married the following summer.
Dear fishy female,
Wow, I feel like the odd one out here. My folks met in a bar. Mom was 15 and Dad was 20. I never really knew the full story, so I utilized this opportunity to ask. Turns out one of my mother's best friends was getting married, but had a fight with her mother the night prior. Since her mother had already signed the proper forms (she was 16) she took her marriage license and headed for the Justice of the Peace. My mother and a group of friends went to see if they could find her, eventually ending up at the bar where her brother worked. My father happened to be there and was good friends with one of my mother's cadre who subsequently introduced them as "Red" and "Other-brother". They all ended up hanging out at my Dad's place for a while, and made plans to meet up again later. (This all occurred over Christmas break.) When school started back up, my mother was surprised to be barraged with comments on how she had gone out on a date with Lao Tzu (my father). She denied it, having heard stories of my father but never known that the "Other-brother" she had been introduced to was the same man. They kept tabs on each other, my father enlisted in the military and had Basic and AIT, but 18 months after he got back he and my mother were hitched.
The multitude all have a purpose.
I alone am foolish and uncouth.
I alone am different from others
And value being fed by the mother.(XX,23-26)