December 26, 2013 – “I think this is it” – A somewhat unsentimental view of dating from my late Grandmother

I haven’t posted much about my efforts to digitize my collection of old family recordings since last year, but today I was inspired to upload some more old tape.

I interviewed my grandmother, Florence, in 1997, when she was 82. It was just one of a series of interviews I’d done with her from time to time, trying to learn about our family history.
In this short excerpt, she tells me about the night she and my grandfather met, and about how he proposed to her.

I like my grandmother’s matter-of-fact approach to dating. When I asked her if she knew that he was the man she was going to marry, she said “I mean, I thought he was nice, and if he called me up, okay, I wouldn’t — you don’t know the first night”. She also couldn’t remember the movie they went to on their first date.

When it came time to propose, my grandfather was equally romantic. They were sitting in the kitchen of my grandmother’s house (her parents’ house, that is), drinking coffee, and he said, “I think this is it”. Meaning, this is something permanent. And so they go married.

“I think this is it” — actually, when you think about it, it is kind of romantic.

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