True to form, Ed was late picking Jean up for their first date to the movies.
The lights were low and the movie had already started, as Jean and Ed made their way, taking small sideways steps past the knees of the seated patrons.
Self-conscious about blocking the view of everyone seated, who were already watching the movie, Jean nervously glanced back to see what was taking Ed so long to make his way down the dimly lit aisle.
Ed seemed to be moving at a slow pace, as the woman’s head in the row in front of him jerked to the right.
Jean heard a gasp escape from the woman’s throat.
Ed stopped in his tracks, trying to figure out why the woman had groaned.
Moviegoers in the seats behind expressed their disdain by yelling, “sit down.”
The woman’s long hair was caught in the fly of Ed’s pants.
Ed fumbled to release her hair.
“Oh God, Is this really happening!” thought all of the parties involved.
But it was happening.
Ed struggled to free the entwined hair from his fly as the movie played on.
Finally, he managed to free himself (and the woman’s hair) from the grip of the zipper on his pants and take his seat next to his date.
For most people this would have been the first, and last date, not to mention a story that would live on in infamy.
For my mother and father, it was the beginning of many embarrassing, funny, unbelievable stories that they wholeheartedly embraced as part of the love story that was unique to them… and one that they would tell for years to come.
Join me for Part 3: My parent’s first Christmas together.