Introducing The Jewelry Center’s November Couple of the Month… Sandy and Pat! In our interview with them, we learned about how they met, their proposal and wedding, their milestones as a married couple, and much more! Each month we award one lucky couple with a date-night on the town and a piece about them on our blog. This month was our anniversary edition of the contest. Here’s a look at our interview with the Millers!
HOW DID YOU TWO MEET?
Pat: We met through mutual friends. We hung out at the same places and so one day we decided to get together.
Sandy: A simple story, we met through friends!
WHEN DID THE PROPOSAL COME ALONG?
Sandy: I didn’t care for him until years later when we met up again and we started going out.
Pat: To embellish that, when we first met, I had hair down to here (*points to his shoulders*) and she had hair down to here (*points to the middle of her back*). Anyway, I cleaned up my act in college and after we dated for about a year, I proposed in kind of a funny way. We were actually just watching TV at her very small apartment and a Bob Newhart show came on. It happened to be an episode where Bob’s neighbor, who was an airline pilot, wanted to figure out a way how to propose to this gal. So Bob was giving him advice on how to propose, and I just kind of looked at her and said something to the effect of, “Well that’s a good idea,” and ended up asking her to marry me!
Sandy: He just looked at me and said, “Will you marry me?”, and I didn’t say anything. He got up and walked out of my apartment and walked down the steps. I thought for awhile and then I ran to the banister, looked down, and said, “Okay!”.
Pat: And I went right back up!
Sandy: You kind of surprised me, and here were are 38 years later!
THE WEDDING! TELL US THE DETAILS.
Pat: The wedding was at my church, St Stanislaus, on 5th and Mitchell. I’d say we had about 125 people.
Sandy: It was a simple wedding. The reception was upstairs from the bowling alley on 76th and Oklahoma because that’s all we could afford, so that was May 31st, 1980.
Pat: It’s always easy to remember because it’s three days after my birthday.
Sandy: We went to Door County for our honeymoon. My uncle had a cottage in Jacksonport.
DO YOU HAVE ANY MARRIAGE MILESTONES THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SHARE WITH US?
Sandy: We have three children and four grandchildren.
Pat: When we look back, I worked for many years and we were lucky enough that Sandy was able to stay home and care of the kids. I did have to travel a bit too. During that time in the business I had actually received five different trips for five years in a row sponsored by the company I worked for, so we got to go to places like Cancun and Hawaii, all expenses paid. Back then, that was how we were able to afford to travel with the kids, and we had really fun times.
Sandy: Now that we are both retired, we both watch the grandkids, but also hope to do a little more traveling. Pat has also taken up an interest in cooking since we have retired which has been fun!
Pat: Yep! For our 30th anniversary, we also went to Hawaii which was great.
Sandy: And for our 25th, our kids threw us a wonderful surprise party, so that was very nice!
ANYTHING PLANNED FOR THE 40TH?
Pat: Not that we know of!
Sandy: Just good health and I think the most important thing for us is family. We have a very small family so family is very important to us. We are always there for our children and grandchildren. That’s the biggest thing.
Pat: My kids still always give me a hard time about when they were in high school, we actually had some exchange students from Japan because two of our kids took Japanese classes. We really enjoyed having them and we ended up going to a dinner that was sponsored by a company with the exchange students. At this dinner they asked one family member to say something so the kids said I should. So I got up and everyone had been saying stuff you would normally hear and I get up and said, “Well, in our family it’s all sharing”. I’m not sure where that come from but it just kind of stuck over the years. We like to share out time with our kids and grandkids.
HERE YOU ARE ALMOST 40 YEARS LATER. WHAT ADVICE DO YOU HAVE FOR MARRIED OR SOON-TO-BE MARRIED COUPLES?
Sandy: Just assume the wife is always right…. kidding of course!
Pat: She has a plaque hanging in the house to remind of that. The biggest thing is that Sandy and I are best friends. It’s common that people would answer this way, but we truly are. We love doing things together. We do 5K’s together – we walk more than we run, but we love doing those kinds of things together.
Sandy: Always remember to laugh, too!
Pat: I thought I was the funny one, but over the last year or so I have noticed she has a sense of humor too.
Sandy: I’m not sure I’ve always had it!
Pat: Yeah, it has come out of nowhere! But, we do enjoy laughing.
Sandy: He still opens doors for me and I think we still have that respect for one another.
Pat: I treat her like a lady.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR COMING IN! ANY LAST THOUGHTS YOU’D LIKE TO SHARE AS OUR COUPLE OF THE MONTH?
Pat: We went to a craft fair a few weeks ago and they were giving away a gift certificate for $25 to use at the craft fair. Sandy put her name in and while I was walking around somewhere else, she put my name in, too. Well, all of a sudden, like three minutes later, they call my name! Then we heard about being Couple of the Month so it really feels like we’ve won the lottery.
Sandy: Thank you so much for choosing us!
Pat: We are looking forward to our date night, too. Thank you!