“She then committed the faux pas of admitting she already knew my phone number.”
I was working as the admitting resident in the ER. Susan, after many different academic paths at the College of William and Mary, had transferred up to Adelphi to get a nursing degree. She was working as a volunteer in the ER. Susan saw me one day and noticed that I was wearing a pink shirt. She thought that was pretty cool given that none of the men in her family would dream of wearing pink. She noticed a ring on my left hand and assumed I was married, BUT that night she had a dream that she was marrying me. We hadn’t even spoken. She told her best friend. (He, by the way, always referred to me as “Destiny”. In later years, it was more like “Density”.)
About a month later, our paths literally crossed when we collided stretchers in the ER. I thought she was older (frumpy pink smock and a premature streak of gray). After that, we would exchange a few words here and there and I suddenly realized: 1- she was pretty cute and younger than I thought, 2-she had bought a guitar from the same guy I had gotten my new banjo from and, 3-we were both single.
Being the lame-o medical resident, it took me a week to ask her out to play music. She asked if this was a date and would we be eating. She then committed the faux pas of admitting she already knew my phone number. (As a sign of how lame I must have been, I didn’t notice this until she reminded me years later!)
For our first date, I took her to my favorite middle-eastern restaurant. I thought she was impressed when the waitress gave me a hug UNTIL the busboy recognized Susan from another job and gave her a hug. (EH! Touche!!) She said I talked football. I know I must have been nervous. I know I confessed that I listened to Bluegrass music. (She thought I was going to tell her I was gay. Why else wasn’t I married yet? Nice Jewish doctah!) In any case, we had a second date after which she went home and told her parents she was going to marry me. It took me about 6 months to catch on and we were married December 8, 1985.
So that’s the story. It has been several practices, a new career for Susan (Financial Planner), two kids and a great adventure.