It’s February, and you know what that means? Valentine’s Day! People are surrounded by chocolates, flowers, stuffed animals, and more importantly, true love. Being caught up in the excitement, I decided to interview my mom and a couple of teachers on their true love.
Our new German teacher, Frau Andersen, is full of love when it comes to her marriage. “We’ve been married for a year and a half. When we first met, I was 20 and my husband was 23. We met on a study abroad program in Berlin, Germany. Andy, [her husband,] and I started out as just friends, but the first time we hung out alone was in Berlin. Andy wanted to go to this jazz club he heard about, but no one wanted to go with him because they were party poopers and wanted to go to bed. I wanted an adventure with him so I went with him to this secret club, Bar Tausend, and we danced to jazz.” This was only the beginning of something wonderful. “My husband invited me over to his house for dinner, which he did all the time so I didn’t think much of it. When I got there, he had lit candles and bought flowers and he sang to me ‘Heroes’ by David Bowie on his guitar, which was kind of ‘our song’, and he got down on one knee and proposed! I was so surprised! I said yes! Also he had bought me all of my favorite foods for dinner: Thai curry, diet coke, McDonald’s fries, and donuts. It was funny because it was a mish mash of foods, but it was really sweet because he remembered everything I like!”
Another new addition to Villa Park High School,is Mr. Bejarano. “We first saw each other at the coffee shop where we met, and I saw her reading a book that was written hundred percent in Japanese; so I was interested by her book,” Mr. B and his wife not only shared coffee but other drinks as well, “It was at a bar and we were doing what’s called a pub quiz, which is where you answer questions that someone who’s running it put out trivia questions and then you answer them. When we were there, we won and got so excited that we kissed.” That’s not all for this love story, “Everyday; I like that she’s my partner with everything that I have to do in life because when you become an adult you kind of get a lot of responsibilities and it’s nice to have a partner throughout it.”
Out of my interviews, the longest marriage are my parents. What began it all was the first date, “We went out to dinner. My husband had a two for one coupon. I chose scallops so he had to eat the same. He was not thrilled. At the time, I was 17 and he was 18. I knew who my husband was because he played football and was a very good athlete and he did well academically; so he was known for his athletic ability and his smarts. He did not know who I was until sophomore year. When I first danced with him, I was nervous. He was well known at the school for football and he had just broken up with his cheerleader girlfriend. There were rumors of the break-up. I didn’t really have feelings for him at the time. Our senior year, when we had a class together, was when I started to think he was kinda cute,” she continues to explain why it’s been such a loving relationship, “We have been together 30 years and coming this July 6th it will be 25 years of marriage; a long time. I still think he is handsome, he’s my best friend, and we still have fun together. We try to go skiing in January, the anniversary of our engagement, every year.”
Valentine’s Day is full of love whether it’s for someone, something, or in some cases dreading the day it arrives; love is in the air.
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