March 21, 1979...Tom and I met each other for the first time 35 years ago today at Westinghouse Electric Corporation in my hometown of South Boston, Virginia, when he arrived from "up north" as a college senior seeking an electrical engineering job.
I was the secretary who arranged his flight, rental car, and hotel for the interview...and the one who had thoroughly read his resume. :)
When Tom ended up turning down the job offer in order to be closer to Langley Air Force base in Hampton, Virginia, where he would be helping lead Bible studies for the military guys, I was impressed that a college student without a job would turn down the offer of one because he'd promised to volunteer in a military ministry.
I'm very grateful to my boss (Hi, Ron!) who passed along Tom's letter to me because he thought I'd be interested to read the story behind his decision. I decided to drop Tom a quick note--knowing I'd never see him again--just to wish him well and to tell him I'd be praying for him to find a job closer to Hampton.
Well, who knew he'd write back?? That began a penpal relationship many years and many memories ago. We tell folks that he turned down the job, but he took the secretary!
Today we celebrated our first-met-each-other anniversary downtown at a little lunch place called Pampered Palate: And here's a view from the opposite direction. The building was built around 1840 and is part of the downtown Historic District. I've brought many friends here for lunch through the years:Here's that young college student treating me to lunch as we together remember our anniversary:
The tables at Pampered Palate include a round piece of glass overtop the tablecloths, and patrons can leave notes tucked underneath. Today I left this note: "March 21, 1979 ~ Tom and Deb first meeting. Celebrated at Pampered Palate today, Friday, March 21, 2014. Fun 35 years!"
That's been my Friday. It's been good. How was yours?