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  • I had gone to our friend Teddy down on Jeweler’s Row in South Philly and gotten the ring. I’d gotten the best that I could afford at the time. We didn’t have reliable wheels at that point, and were going down to North Wildwood, N.J., on the Jersey shore to see her parents that weekend, and then up to Avalon to see my family. So, we were taking a Greyhound Bus out of Philly. I couldn’t wait. I pulled the little box out as we sat together on the bus. “Oh, no…not here! How unromantic!”

    I was 8 years older than her. I was from a different generation. I grew up on “The Graduate” – that final scene, where they’re riding away on the Bus, Elaine in her wedding gown, after Ben had interrupted her wedding with his pounding on the glass and screaming her name, “Elaine – Elaine – Elaine – Elaine!” I thought that was incredibly cool, and that proposing on a Greyhound Bus was as romantic as it gets.

    Oh, well. It wouldn’t be the last time that our generational differences would crop up – but, it was the first. I stuck the box with the ring back in my pocket. It was going to be a long ride.

    Fortunately, it has been a long ride. One long, beautiful ride. My timing and attention to appropriate protocol still leaves a lot to be desired. But, somehow, it hasn’t been enough to send her running screaming into the night, yet. I guess it must be love!
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