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Monday, November 30, 2009

whole lotta love.....


(me and Missus Hawtness, 1992)
OK, can you believe it, met the missus 20 years ago today, last day of November 1989. Famously, of course, we knew each over 3 years before we even had a date in 1992, after which we quickly got married December 24, 1992. This pic is from July of 1992.

I currently teach pottery classes at Cornell and work in the Pot Shop. It was the same 20 years ago at University of Illinois at Chicago. Both Cornell and Illinois have open studios for anybody to use and there were non-credit pottery classes people could take, and Illinois had 2 studios. I had moved with my art degree to Chicago to get a graduate degree in special education. Just so happens my future wife was the director of one of the 2 studios at Illinois, but I worked at the other.
You must keep in mind that I am super shy, almost crippled by shyness sometimes.
In late fall 1989 Maude had decided to run a made in the 2 craft shops exhibit for Christmastime. I needed to take my teaset and pitcher to the second studio and exhibition space which I had never visited, and there was a very pretty woman at the desk. I could not meet her eye but just ran in and said "here is my entry" and ran out. Soon thereafter I moved my workspace and started working at her studio, teaching pottery classes there, and was artist in residence for awhile too. In fall of 1991 I was breaking up with the person I was with, and mentioned this to Maude who said she would help me move my stuff. I thanked her and said I didn't need help, but it is always a special friend who offers to help you move. A few months later, the end of January 1992 I had a party and gave her the first kiss, and well, that was it, we were TOGETHER.

24 comments:

Becky Jo said...

Just like I said on FB... "AWWWWW". :)

Congrats on so many happy years together. :D

Kimberly said...

I wish long skirts like that would come back into fashion.

denis said...

what a great love story. you two were destined to be together.

nickandmiri said...

So sweet! Happy meeting day to you both! :-)

Busy Bee Suz said...

Nothing better in the morning than a great love story and of course some Zepplin!!!
Congrats.

Hilary said...

I'd love to hear Maude's take on this love story... how she saw the shy guy... :)

Lovely photo.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

I think she is wearing that skirt today, actually :)

Patricia Griffin said...

What a great love story. Hard to imagine you as really shy, Gary! Congrats on 20 years. That's awesome!

Cheri @ Blog This Mom!® said...

Awwww. You two rock.

Jay said...

That's a very sweet story.

jimgottuso said...

amigo... congratulations! it was very nice to meet maude and you last week, didn't realize you'd been together for 20 years, wow!

Farmer*swife a/k/a Glass_Half_Full said...

Adorable! You and your Missus are just adorable! <3

Gallow said...

This is a great story. Do you have a special dinner with candles and flowers planned for this evening?

Stacey B said...

Fabulous photo...fabulous story!

Peter said...

Congratulations from Belgium!

A touching story and a stunning picture.


I only wish that one day I'll be that lucky!

Emily SIL said...

YOU, shy? I remember meeting you and that was definitely not my impression. But congrats on 20 years of friendship and (almost) 17 years of marriage.

Reverend Awesome said...

Awww. This is so sweet.

I feel like you're a reformed shy person, but still identify as shy.

Susan as herself said...

Wonderful meet-cute. Wonderful couple. Wonderful life.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

Special dinner? I gave her a lottery ticket :)
Some situations make me quite shy and anxious, they just do.

Pauline said...

Such a sweet story, congrats to you both.

jeannette stgermain said...

And you are STILL together!I don't know about your shyness, Gary:)...how can a person who's so funny, be shy?
I saw one of the comments, In California long skirts are back in (they started coming the stores a year ago)!

Jessica said...

yay! :D! I love that! Congrats!

Lori Buff said...

Congratulations on 20 years. May the next 20 be even more terrific.

Anndi said...

=) You guys are so cute! =)

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