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Mimi and Doug Michael

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We’re looking for young married couples to tell us how they fell in love. How did you meet? What were your first impressions? How was your first date? What attracted you to each other?

Mimi, 56, and Doug, 59, met while attending Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia. They dated about eight months before Mimi moved to California for school. Once there, Mimi knew she had fallen for Doug. The couple married June 2, 1979, and live in Conover. Mimi tells their story.

Train ride: We were riding the train back to school after a weekend at home, and Doug recognized me from a medical student Bible study. A January snowstorm caused problems with the tracks and we sat stranded till another train came to rescue us. He took the opportunity to chose a seat in front of me and we struck up a conversation that continued as we returned to campus.

Shared time: On the steps of my dorm, Doug asked for a date. I later learned the lone tear in his eye was a common reaction to extreme cold, but it was endearing and prompted me to say yes. After a few elaborate dates, he learned a 50-cent ice cream cone made me happy, and some inexpensive and enjoyable times followed before I left for California.

Homebound: The program I was attending didn’t meet my expectations, but it was really someone (and his frequent letters) drawing me back. After a semester I returned and we got engaged. After 34 years and four grown kids, he is still my soulmate and best friend.

Little things: Those ice cream dates still work and are a simple way to stay connected. Persevering through thick and thin brings a quality marriage that make all earlier efforts more than worthwhile. Doug has enriched my life immeasurably.

Hilary Trenda


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