How stupid can I be? Sometimes you look back on your life and wonder what in the heck you are thinking when you out there casing girls and trying to find the right one…the one that you want to spend the rest of your life with. Well, I was 22, right out of college (Northern Illinois University). I had to get that plug in for my school just outside of Chicago…the city I love!
At Northern Illinois, I belonged to best fraternity on campus, the one with all the varsity and junior varsity athletes in it and we naturally had close relations with the best sorority on campus, the one with all the best looking girls. This being the case, I had a fantastic time in college even though that I was an accounting major which meant that I had four times the homework that anyone had. That’s the way it works when you take accounting as anyone can tell you if they also had that major. Even so, I found time for some social life. Back to the girls. I never had any trouble getting a date. I am not bragging. If you are in the best fraternity on campus (Tau Kappa Epsilon) and you worked in the freshman girls dorm cafeteria, which I did, you got the first shot at the new freshman girls coming in. How can you not get a date whenever you wanted to?
What I am about to get to is that one freshman girl. You know that one that was a knockout, Mira Ballagoolyon. Yes that was her name! I may have the spelling off a little but that is close. She was the one I wanted. Trouble was, she wouldn’t have anything to do with me no matter how hard I tried. Isn’t that the way it always is? So I am working for Standard Oil of Indiana in Ottawa, Illinois and I ask a fraternity brother who lives there to fix me up with a date since I knew no one there when I moved into the area. Guess what? He fixes me up with a girl that looks just like that girl at college who had no interest in me. I couldn’t believe it! We started dating and I really like her. Then on Valentine Day (See, I am getting around to the reason for this article), I did the dumbest thing I have ever done. I bought two boxes of Valentine candy, one for her and one for a girl friend I had in Chicago, about 50 miles away. To show you how really dumb I was, I told her where I was going and asked her not to go out with anyone else. Ya, right! So while I was gone on this Valentines Day date, she go out with one of her old boyfriends in Ottawa! I got back home and I was really teed off. I guess she showed me! Well, I couldn’t have that, so I married her and we are now working on 53 years of marriage!
I hope that you are a lot smarter than me and not think you can get away with anything like that. Come to think of it, maybe I was actually smart. I got the love of my life and two wonderful children and a great marriage. Oh yes, we have an argument now and then but the making up is great!
Happy Valentine’s Day to you all!
Written by Ted Anderson. Insurance agent Ted W. Anderson worked in sales for half a century, has lived in Albany since 1993. He is president of Dover Lane Neighborhood Watch. Send email to him at firstname.lastname@example.org.