Friends, I'd like you to accompany me on a trip. Be warned, this is not any old trip. We are traveling back to 1953 to meet 15-year-old Bunny and 17-year-old Dave. Bunny and Dave were childhood neighbors who just happened to grow into teenage sweethearts. Now, Bunny isn't just any beautiful (and isn't she stunning?) California girl. I get the pleasure of seeing Bunny (also known as Char) on a daily basis at the office where we both work. I was lucky enough to have Char share her story with me, and with her permission I am now sharing the story with all of you.
Oh, but I'm getting ahead of myself! Let's get back to 1953. Sunny California. Bunny and Dave hadn't been together long, but were definitely smitten with one another. And then it happened. Bunny was to take a quick trip to Illinois to bring her sister home, as she had been visiting for a couple of months. Only it wasn't a quick trip. Somehow, as life sometimes takes unexpected turns, Bunny did not return to sunny California. She decided to stay in Illinois and live with her sister. Poor Dave, who was eagerly awaiting Bunny's return. He even got his arm tattooed with the words Bunny + Dave. The two lovebirds kept in touch but as is often the case with long distance relationships, it soon became clear it just wasn't going to work. Bunny let Dave go. Dave joined the marines. The Bunny + Dave tattoo was soon covered over with a lovebird.
Time passed. Separate lives in separate states. Marriages come and gone. Children. Life.
Fast forward 56 years.
Are you still with me? We're back in 2009. A few months ago Bunny came across some old photos from her California days, including the one above. She decided to see if she could find some of the people she used to know because it would be nice to return the photos to the people or families of those pictured. The modern day convenience of the internet led her to classmates.com, which led her to Dave's brother. Of course, Dave's brother was more than happy to give Bunny Dave's phone number.
Can you IMAGINE that phone call? After 56 years?! Well, neither could Dave, and Bunny got a nice, big CLICK after Dave thought she was a solicitor. Thank goodness she's a persistent one and called right back. It just so happens Bunny was taking a trip to California on other business soon after this phone call and Bunny and Dave arranged to meet again for the first time in 56 years. Now, I wish I could tell you it all worked out and the meeting occurred. But, alas, as sometimes happens, circumstances prevented the reunion and Bunny flew back to Illinois without getting to see dear Dave.
Thank goodness the story doesn't end here. You see, Dave just knew things couldn't end this way. He jumped on a Greyhound bus and rode two days and two hours to come see Bunny. And let me tell you, friends, nothing has been the same since. Dave was a houseguest of Bunny's for an entire month. They had meals together, saw the sights together, and Dave read the paper to Bunny every morning...they found each other all over again. Unfortunately, as all vacations do come to an end, Dave had to return home to California.