aefenglommung (aefenglommung) wrote,

A dozen for her birthday

Another picture for Deanne's birthday: This Thursday, February 22, is the 45th anniversary of our first date. (It was a Thursday that year, too.) It was a strange event in many ways. Neither of us figured it would amount to much. But the next day, I called her and we got together, and the next. And so on. After two weeks, I asked her to marry me, and she said Yes. We were married nine months later on New Year's Eve, 1973.

We were both in college at the time of that first date. I was a sophomore and she was a freshman. I graduated a year later, and headed off to seminary (that's another, even longer story). She came with me, her own educational plans interrupted. As time went on, she pursued her education as she could. A few years after I graduated, she completed an Associate's degree in Radio and TV production, and she has done some technical and on-air work over the years, and even held a management job. When I went back to do my doctorate, she changed her career focus and finished a Bachelor's degree in Technology. She was on the Dean's list and was inducted in the Technology honorary, Epsilon Pi Tau. That mostly led to factory work, which her R.A. eventually made very difficult. Casting about for yet another career goal, I suggested she go into Counseling. She applied to Asbury Theological Seminary and was admitted to the M.A. in Counseling program. So, she (like me) has three academic degrees in three different fields. We also both have seminary degrees.

Deanne is a very smart person. Well-educated. And most of all, wise and perceptive. I am very proud of her, and like to brag on her every chance I get.

Deanne's graduation

The Graduate
Deanne receiving her M.A. from Asbury President Tennent; Jesus rolls his eyes.

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