Another dream that she and her sisters had was to be married and be a mommy. Every time a big flock of birds would fly over they would shout, "There goes my wedding!" She would dream of her dress, the church, but never really had a face on the groom.
Middle and high school became the time to begin to develop relationships with the male species. Since she had a very rough relationship with her own brother- she didn't really know how to be a "friend" with guys but always longed for and usually had a "boyfriend". There were two special boys in high school who treated her kindly, loved her and eventually she had to discard because she did not know how to receive that kind of love from a male and it felt uncomfortable.
The following year The Fisherman had graduated and moved to Northern Wisconsin to teach school. They seldom saw each other as he was 300 miles away and their communication was a weekly phone call and letters. Nothing was said about their future and she was not going to bring it up! During that year she decided to take things into her own hands and go out after the summer semester as a "supply teacher". She interviewed for placement and told them she was getting married! Well...he had said......WHEN we get married! So..she was also placed at a Christian school in Northern Wisconsin- just 30 miles from The Fisherman. Their relationship during that year was on/off as she would wait by the phone wondering if he would call. She was in a tiny town- no car- no friends- pretty lonely year.having room and board with an elderly couple.The young Teacher saw that this relationship was really not going anywhere so decided she best return to college the following year to pursue her education degree. She was re-enrolled, packed up to leave Wisconsin- when she got a phone call from a School in Arlington Heights to come and teach second grade for them and in return, in addition to a regular salary- they would pay for her to finish college at nights and summer This was a deal she could not resist so she took it and moved to Arlington after summer school.
That year she shared an apartment with 3 other teachers, enjoyed teaching 2nd grade, went to school at night and saw the Fisherman occasionally. At Christmas that year she went home to be with her family and then returned to spend time with the Fisherman and his family. This had gone on now for 3 years so everyone was pretty comfortable with the situation.-..except for the young teacher. So on New Year's Eve that year they were invited to a party given by his sister and brother in law in a town about an hour away. The evening was spent playing cards- snacks- pretty mundane for the Princess who just really wanted to be pursued by The Fisherman Prince. She just wanted to be with him! After midnight the party broke up and they were to head for home. He wanted to go to his friends home in another town (he had other plans) but she just wanted time alone! That really didn't happen. They went back to his home and said good night and went to bed. (In separate bedrooms of course!)
A short time later after she was snuggled in her bed with NO visions of sugar plumbs dancing in her head- she heard a knock at her door. The fisherman said , "Can I come in?" He said he had one more gift for her and handed her what looked like a box of earrings. When she opened the box- to her utter surprise- was the ring that signified the beginning of the next 51 years of joy and companionship with The Fisherman!
|50 wedding anniversary- 2013 Dave and Mary Beth Hasz|