I had the fantastic opportunity to be featured on a guest post on 1500 Days today. Here is a sneak peak of my article.
Growing up, my parents and grandparents enjoyed recounting their stories about how they met. My grandparents lived in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn and became childhood sweethearts in grade school. They were inseparable, until World War II called my grandfather into action.
My grandfather dutifully served, but he refused to talk about the war with us. As a result, none of us knew exactly where he was or what he did. He would always say that he sat in a ship somewhere in the Pacific. He joked that the sun from the Pacific was so hot that it burned off all his hair, hence his baldness. Shortly after he returned from the war, my grandparents married and started a family, like so many others from the Silent Generation.
My parents are both baby boomers and attended Virginia Tech. They met while waiting outside to enter into a science class. My dad was a sophomore while my mom was a freshman. My dad was clearly spitting some game as he was able to convince my mom to go with him to a frat party later that night. When I got older, I heard the full story. My dad actually showed up a little tipsy for the date as he decided that he needed to pre-game beforehand. But clearly, my mom didn’t mind too much. My dad rocked a sweet ‘stache at the time, so my mom probably figured that my dad was a hot commodity.
But the craziest part of all was that they decided to get married in college. When I was a kid, I didn’t think much of that detail. They were adults and in love, so they got married. But after going through college, that detail astonishes me. There is no way I was mature enough at that time to enter into marriage.
So anyways, I’m sure many of you are thinking, what does this have anything to do with money or gratitude?