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Looking for a Husband
by Shelley Norman

shelley norman personal ads“And they lived happily ever after,” Mom said closing the storybook.
“I love that story!” I sighed giving my teddy a big hug.
“What’s your favourite part?” she asked setting the book on the table by the couch.
“The part where they meet at the ball,” I replied getting up and dancing around the coffee table with teddy. “Yes, that is a very good part,” Mom nodded in agreement.
“How did you and Dad meet?” I stopped mid-twirl to ask.
“He replied to my ad in the newspaper,” she stated matter-of-factly.
“Like, you had an ad selling a bicycle and he called and said he wanted to buy it?” I climbed back up on the couch beside her.
“No. I put an ad in a newspaper looking for a husband,” she shrugged as if that was no big deal.
“What?!? That’s crazy. Hi, I want to buy a husband,” I laughed.
“That’s not exactly how it works. They are called personal ads. They are to help people meet. Some newspapers still have them. But now most people use dating websites on the internet to meet people instead,” she explained.
“Oh yeah! Mandy’s mom showed us her picture on the dating site. She said she’s hoping to catch something better than a cold fish this time. I guess she really doesn’t like fishing,” I shook my head, totally not understanding since I thought fishing sounded like fun.
“Umm…yeah. Anyways, I put my ad in a national farm newspaper because I hated living in the city and really wanted to move to a nice, quiet, small town. And I got hundreds of letters from men from all over. It was always so much fun to go get the mail and read the letters and see the pictures. Some were so goofy,” she chuckled.
“Yeah, Mandy’s mom gets lots of answers to her internet ads too. She says most of them love to fudge the details. Did Dad like fudge too?” I tilted my head waiting for an answer.
“Uhhh… your Dad’s always loved fudge, but he was a total gentleman in all his letters and I still remember his picture showed his beautiful blue eyes,” Mom recalled dreamily looking off into space.
“Do I have beautiful blue eyes?” I asked checking out teddy’s brown eyes.
“Sometimes. Your eyes change colour mattering what you’re up to,” she tapped the end of my nose. “I replied to a few guys’ letters but it didn’t take long for me to decide that your Dad was the one who I liked best. Then we started talking on the phone and he‘d drive to the city and we’d go out for dinner or see a movie or got to a concert or the amusement park.” keep reading “Ooh I love amusement parks!” I said bouncing up and down. “You sure do. Anyways after a few months your Dad asked me to marry him and I said …,” “YES!” I interrupted jumping all the way to my feet this time. “Yes, I said yes. We got married the following year, I moved out here to the farm and …” “You’re living happily ever after,” I cut in again. “Yes, we sure are,” exclaimed Dad from where he’d been standing in the doorway listening in. He came over and pulled Mom up from the couch and into a hug, sneaking in a quick kiss.

Happy 45th Anniversary to my parents, David & Mary Norman