Roy and Angela had been dating since high school. Same age, same year - both were now graduating college. On Graduation Day Roy grabbed his diploma in New England, hopped the train and got to Seattle in time to see Angela graduate with honors. She was always such a smart girl! And pretty too! Roy was stalling, however. Angela had been saying for years that she wanted them to marry as soon as they finished college. He loved her, yes, but was he indeed ready for marriage? Children? Career?
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They settled into their seats, their tickets were punched and the train started moving. Angela ruffled through her bag for a book and some magazines for the long ride. Roy was preparing to take a nap. He was a contented man.
As the train picked up speed, she nudged him on the elbow. He turned to her as she handed him the latest issue of the Seattle Times. "Here" she said "there might be something of interest to you." He gladly took the paper with a nod and began to read.
'Of Interest', sure enough! There, on page 3: "Holstein and McFarland to Wed". He did a double-take. Sure enough there was a recent portrait of the two of them, Roy and Angela, taken over the holidays the year before. The article went on to announce that the two would wed in Chicago on the upcoming Saturday. Roy was taken completely by surprise.
Angela had taken it upon herself to make all the arrangements. They were married that Saturday in Chicago and have been happily married for 77 years.
"How can you argue with a woman like that? And she's been telling me what to do ever since!" he says with a smile-- and absolutely no regret.
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