‘Our Love Affair’ By H. A. Miller
(Editor’s Note: This is the letter that Harry Miller wrote as an entry in the contest that won he and his wife their wedding on the television show Bride and Groom 60 years ago.)
This luck of ours took place about eight wonderful years ago, while we were young and full of life. We both had the very strong urge to roller skate, and saw each other skating at a rink not far from the Pennsylvania State University. Each thought that the other had different interests in life and, therefore, never gave one another very much thought. However, we smiled and bid each other the time of day, but never dreamed that one would want to ask the other to skate. It seemed as though our minds functioned in the same manner because we were usually at the same place at the same time.
It wasn’t until December 31, 1949, that we were really interested in one another to go together, although we each had a secret desire to be with each other. It was a cold, rainy evening–the skating party was about to terminate–within an hour the bells would be tolling a New Year and the old year would be gone forever. We skated separately all evening and neither one had any plans for celebrating the New Year, until the last skate of the evening, and then we agreed to go “on our very first date” to the midnight show at a local theatre. We had a most enjoyable time at the theatre, although neither of us was too talkative. The evening or morning drew to a close, and a New Year had begun, but I didn’t ask for another date. During the next three months, we saw very little of one another due to the fact of late working hours.
We met again on March 1, 1950, at the skating rink and skated together once more. At that time, I suggested a date for March 8, in order to celebrate my 21st birthday. From that time on, we’ve been inseparable and have dated constantly.
Since the second meeting, our thoughts have fallen into a pattern of meaning; we have watched the setting of the summer sun, the falling of the autumn leaves, the star filled sky, the beautiful full moon from a moonlit valley, and the moonlit banks of the Susquehanna river. We have listened late at night to the world’s most heavenly organ music. We’ve shared many bright and cheerful days along with lost and lonely ones.
The Korean war occurred, but we did not let it devastate the beautiful picture that we so carefully painted. On March 15, 1951, I entered the military service. During those two years, Mildred and I corresponded and retained our faith in each other. I received my honorable discharge from the U.S. Army on March 16, 1953. Within a short time, I had secured a job and began saving for our future.
We’ve kept marriage in the future because as the saying goes “you can’t live on love.” Mildred and I have dreamed of a small home with a beautiful setting, fine furnishings, and children (twins, if possible) to make the picture complete. It wasn’t necessary to propose to Mildred, because we’ve known for a long time that we were meant for each other. Nevertheless, I gave Mildred a diamond engagement ring not too long ago as an expression of my love for her.
At last, Mildred and I are ready for the most precious and never-to-be-forgotten day of our lives…our wedding day.