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  • [Bracelet with engraved initials, but with his last initial instead of hers. Mind you, he hadn't asked her to marry him yet. He simply bought the bracelet, hoping she would one day wear it.]

    They met at a New Year's party. Her appearance caused some trouble amongst his married friends and their wives. He was a good dancer, but after the commotion, she wasn't sure she liked him very much.

    I asked what changed her opinion of him.

    She told me that after that night, he would drop by the house from time to time. She came down the stairs one day to find him chatting up her mother in the living room. "Oh, him again."

    I wondered why she didn't think he was creepy, just showing up like that.

    She said that it was pretty common for people to 'just show up like that' since not everyone had telephones then. People came to call.

    I asked what her mother thought of him, this man, twelve years her senior. He was handsome, but didn't that age gap disturb anyone?

    She said it was wartime, so men were pretty scarce. And if one took a fancy to your 20 something daughter, you didn't question it. Also, he used to drop by and fix things in the house, so her mother was actually pretty fond of him.

    I asked what finally changed her mind about him.

    Well, he just kept showing up...

    And?

    After a while, I thought maybe he was on to something.
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