Once upon a time...
During my senior year of high school (in Ohio) my plans were to go to Bible college in Indiana the following year. Rachel (my aunt) had graduated the year before and was already there. She had already connected with her future husband and so she was scoping out the other guys for me! At Christmas time the college choir went on tour. She was in the choir and when they came to our church, she told me, “Karla, I think you ought to like Lyle.” He was also in the choir and beyond knowing who he was, I didn’t know anything about him… and for sure, he didn’t know who I was… but she expected me to just start “liking” him! We had been reading Romeo and Juliet in English class, so I quoted to her one of Juliet’s lines: “I’ll look to like if looking liking moves!”
Of course they weren’t there long enough for me to do much “looking”… but I thought about it all the next spring.
In May the college hosted an all-day open house for prospective students, so my family went. And, I “looked” some more! But from a distance. I did not have the nerve to approach Lyle to strike up a conversation. I didn’t think that would be very ladylike anyway. I was impressed with what I saw, but I was pretty sure that Lyle still had no idea who I was. So Rachel decided to help things along!
The college PR team was scheduled to be at our church in a couple of weeks. Rachel was in the "ladies trio", and Lyle was the sound technician for the team. During their tour Rachel recruited the help of the other girls in the trio and they started telling him about me. Rachel showed him my senior picture… and by the time they came to our church he was interested in getting to know me.
The funniest part is that my sisters (twins) are only 18 months younger than I am, and at that time we looked a good bit alike. So when the PR group came into the parsonage (our home) after the service, Lyle had to ask someone which one I was! We have laughed about that since then, because while we may have looked alike, my personality is totally different than either one of my sisters.
At the end of the evening Lyle asked if he could write to me. He was going home to California for the summer, but we would both be at Bible college in the fall. I was happy to give him my address. (And I have all those wonderful hand-written letters as a treasured keepsake because, of course, that was before the days of email!)
That was the beginning of our friendship. As we got to know each other that summer and fall we discovered that we really were a perfect fit... and that God meant us for each other.
It’s hard to believe that was 25 years ago! Time truly does fly when you’re having fun!
And we lived happily ever after!
Naturally there were quite a few more details between "Once upon a time..." and "...happily ever after", but the assignment for this month was to write about "the crazy way we met" so I'll save the other details for another time.
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