There is a look that passes between couples who’ve been together for many years, a look that contains a sigh and a smile and lets you know a story is coming. I was talking with Diana and Wes Thompson about their meeting one another back in high school and I said, “Tell me about your first date.” And then, there it was: the look.
Diana said to Wes, “You tell him.”
Wes said, “I got there to pick her up and she wasn’t there.”
When it was clear Wes wasn’t to say anything more, Diana added, “That’s because he showed up an hour and a half late.”
Turns out that Wes got stuck on the farm where he was working and had no way of telling Diana he’d be late. (Younger people will never experience how it used to be, long before cellphones — much less how it used to be in rural areas, where home phones were not a given – the helpless feeling of being unable to contact the person you were planning to meet.)
But, given that they were married in 1964, we know that it all worked out – the young Wes and Diana tried again for that first date and other than a period when they went to different colleges, have been together ever since.