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This is the story of the first date between my parents. I interviewed my mom at our family home in Dresher, PA. I had always known that they met on a blind date but it was exciting to hear the actual story behind it. While telling the story my mom seemed so excited and happy. It was cute to see her so excited about telling this story so much time later. I think that she enjoyed being asked about something that we would not normally discuss.

Who even goes on blind dates anymore" Ellen thought to herself as she was slowly getting ready. She had gone back and forth about canceling tonight’s plans about fifty times by now.  A million thoughts ran through her mind, "What if he's weird", "What if I'm not attracted to him?”, ” What if  I want to run away half- way through dinner?".  Putting all of these concerns aside, she began to get ready for the night. The only thing that was pushing her go was how highly her friend had spoken of this mystery man.  It was her friend from high school’s co-worker and she thought they would be a perfect match. This was a time before social media, no way to look up who she was meeting with. This meant, not only could she see what he looks like but she couldn't learn anything about him either.  She decided on a sweater and jeans for tonight’s date and began to put her makeup on. Having just graduated from college, Ellen was living at home with her family. When she was putting the finishing touches on, she heard a knock on the door. She tried to get ready as soon as possible so she would be the one who answered the door. She was not quick enough, by the time she got out her blind date was immersed in deep conversation with both of her parents.  The had started pulling out albums of baby pictures to show Robert. There was the one of her in the bathtub and the one with her covered in food. Ellen’s face turned bright red, this is not how she wanted her first date with this mystery man to be going. After basically having to pull her date away from her parents they got in the car to and headed to dinner. They clicked immediately, she hung onto his every last word and was interested in everything that he had to say. This blind date happened about thirty years ago, and they have been together ever since. They have had their ups and downs but three kids later, they live a very happy life.

First Date

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mid 1980's
New Jersey

This is the story of the first date between my parents. I interviewed my mom at our family home in Dresher, PA. I had always known that they met on a blind date but it was exciting to hear the actual story behind it. While telling the story my mom seemed so excited and happy. It was cute to see her so excited about telling this story so much time later. I think that she enjoyed being asked about something that we would not normally discuss.

Decade: 1980s
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Recorded by Lindsey Schlackman on December 3, 2019
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