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I had graduated from UCLA and was working for an accounting agency. I had handed the licensed public accounting examination however nonetheless wanted an extra seven or eight months of on-the-job coaching to fulfill the expertise required to grow to be an official CPA. I additionally had utilized to regulation faculty on the East Coast and had been accepted. Life felt prefer it was on observe, professionally, for a profession in tax regulation.

My private life was a distinct matter. I had been engaged to a lady in school, however we found we simply didn’t see eye to eye on the issues that mattered most. For one, she wished to grow to be a stay-at-home spouse instantly after we bought married. (I couldn’t afford that.) We broke it off.

So I started courting a number of totally different girls whose firm I loved, however I didn’t see any of these relationships going the space, both. I’d see one girl on Friday evening and the opposite on Saturday evening after which I’d swap the times across the subsequent weekend. Again then, a man typically dated on the weekends solely.

In early December of that yr, I used to be at an workplace Christmas occasion and ran right into a former colleague, and as we caught up, he requested whether or not I used to be seeing anybody. I instructed him a bit concerning the girls I used to be courting however mentioned I used to be nonetheless searching for somebody particular. Apart from, I’d be heading off to regulation faculty the next fall.

Not lengthy after that, I bumped into certainly one of my fraternity brothers at a UCLA basketball recreation and we bought to speaking about — what else? — girls, and I instructed him the identical factor. That I used to be courting round however not in a severe relationship. I wouldn’t thoughts assembly somebody new, I added. He mentioned he had a distant cousin — her first identify was Toby — who had not too long ago relocated to L.A. after graduating school in upstate New York. That’s about all he might inform me, as a result of he’d by no means truly met this explicit cousin. He simply guessed that since she was new on the town she could be searching for a date. He referred to as me a number of days later along with her quantity and mentioned he would let her know I’d be calling.

That is the way it was performed again in these days. A good friend set you up on a blind date. Otherwise you met at a mixer or a dance. In the present day, younger individuals have courting apps on their smartphones or can go to bars. But it surely nonetheless appears that it’s a lot more durable now, regardless of all that expertise, to fulfill somebody particular.

So again to my story. My fraternity brother mentioned he’d inform Toby about me. However he didn’t. I discovered that out after I dialed her quantity and she or he had no concept who I used to be or why I used to be calling. So I needed to do a variety of explaining. The cellphone name went effectively, although, so I requested her out on a date for that Friday — Dec. 30.

As I headed for her Miracle Mile condo, I was a bit nervous. I had no concept what she seemed like. I didn’t know what to anticipate from the night. I used to be pleasantly stunned when a really fairly younger girl carrying a hanging inexperienced knit gown and a pageboy haircut answered the door.

“Wow,” I assumed.

We went to a film and had a chunk to eat, and after we bought again to her place, she invited me in. We simply talked and talked and talked, attending to know one another extra. It was really easy speaking to her. I actually wasn’t prepared to go away however after I checked out my watch and noticed it was 2 a.m., I assumed it could be time to go. However not with out planning to see her once more, and as quickly as potential. I’d already made plans for the following evening, on New 12 months’s Eve. (It was a date, truly.) So I invited her to a celebration my brother and sister-in-law had been having at their home on New 12 months’s Day, to observe the Rose Bowl recreation.

That’s proper, simply hours after assembly her, I used to be prepared for her to fulfill the household.

At her entrance door that evening, as we stood head to head, I couldn’t resolve whether or not I ought to kiss her. In these days, one not often kissed on the primary date. However then I noticed her tilt her head up. So I tilted my head down.

Later, I instructed my brother and sister-in-law all concerning the fairly younger girl I had simply met, and the way I had by no means been so snug on a primary date. My sister-in-law’s recommendation? “Take it simple,” she urged. Don’t rush issues.

The New 12 months’s Day date went nice, and a couple of week later, we went on one other date, to a UCLA basketball recreation. And who ought to we run into there? My previous fraternity brother. So I truly ended up introducing him to his personal cousin, and telling him that Toby was a nickname and that her actual identify was Tovia.

By this level, I used to be courting just one girl — Toby. All the pieces was simply really easy along with her. We appeared to agree on every part. Politics. Faith. The place we wished to go to eat. I believe liking most of the similar issues is essential. For those who disagree on elementary issues, you’re going to have issues in your relationships.

One evening, about 4 weeks after we met, I simply immediately mentioned, “I believe we must get married.” Her response? “Properly, you’ll need to ask my mom.” (Who simply occurred to be on the town for a go to and fortunately gave her blessing.)

A few dates after that, we bumped into that previous work colleague, the man I’d seen on the workplace Christmas occasion, after I mentioned I used to be courting round however had but to fulfill somebody particular.

You must have seen the look of shock on his face after I launched him to “my fiancée.”

We will likely be married 70 years in February, and to this present day, I can nonetheless bear in mind the second when she opened the door of her condo on Friday, Dec. 30, 1951, and I assumed, “Wow.”

The creator, who simply turned 93, is a wills, trusts and property lawyer training in Torrance. He and Tovia have three kids, two grandsons and one great-grandson.

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