For this Valentine's Day post, I won't be talking about what to wear, or where to eat, on your date. Instead, I've invited two very special guests to visit and talk about their romance. That's right folks, meet my parents, Steven and Annie! Not only do they have some wicked style (hey, the 70's are coming back), but their romance is truly one for the books! Click "read more" to hear about how they met, their favorite memories, and some words of advice.
Steven: We've known each other for 35 years. Married for 29.
How did you first meet?
S: I happened to be a DJ at a party Annie was attending. She was sitting nearby when a stranger accidentally spilled his soda on her. A few guys offered her their handkerchiefs, but she picked mine!
Annie: It was a dance party! He asked me for my phone number, but I didn't want to give it to him since I wasn't allowed to date yet. I said that I would say the number very, very fast and he would have one chance to remember it. He remembered!
S: I would have to call her from a payphone and ask a girl to pretend to be Annie's friend before getting on the line myself. It was the only way her family wouldn't find out.
What was the hardest part of your relationship?
A: After only dating for five months, I moved to America, but Steven stayed in Taiwan. We didn't see each other for four years, and phone calls were too expensive.
S: I could only call her once every three months, but we wrote each other letters.
A: He wrote me a letter every day! He would also record cassettes with singing, his favorite songs, and talking to me.
What is one of your favorite memories while dating?
S: Riding on the late bus and sitting on the last row while sending Annie home. It was like our private world.
A: Steven took me to the zoo when we started dating. It's a memory filled with innocent love and fun. I remember he bought me a big cup of papaya milk and let me drink all of it by myself. I thought he was being so thoughtful and generous.
S: Until she found out I didn't drink any because I'm lactose intolerant!
What do you look forward to in the future of your marriage?
A: To travel, and to have healthy bodies. Also, to watch our kids grow up and to see our grandchildren often.
S: Our health, and being able to continue working together. We’ve been working together for fifteen years!
A: And I haven’t killed him yet! That’s love.
Tell me your favorite thing about each other!
S: Your mom loved me first because I went to a good college.
A: That’s not true. You were handsome too.S: Annie has a good heart. She's always thoughtful, and understands me even if we don't speak. We always have the same thoughts!
A: He's adventurous! His adventurous spirit allows us to travel and try new things. Because of this, I've learned so much about the world around me!
Do you have any advice to younger couples?
S: Endurance. Try to work out your differences, because there will be a lot. There is no such thing as a perfect couple, so learn how to compromise.
A: Learn to forgive and live compassionately. Because your partner will fail, and so will you. If you focus on their faults, how could you possibly live happily? Focus on the goodness of your relationship, and of your partner.
Happy Valentine's Day to my parents - two individuals who have taught me unconditional love through their everyday actions. And a very happy Valentine's Day to everyone as well!