I had just spent my weekend with Jane, Dave and Jill is Southern California in January 1989 . When I got home, I decided to call Jane and thank her for the good time. “Unfortunately”, Jill answered the phone and told me Jane was sleeping. I said “that’s ok” and I began my conversation with Jill. When I got off the phone, I called my mom and told her “Jill is the one I want to marry.”
She said “Wonderful. How long have you known Jill?” I said “Counting my talk today… three days.” I couldn’t describe it, but I think there was silence on the phone for about two minutes. Then, in true Rita fashion, she said “Congratulations. I knew you would find the perfect girl.”
Jill and I talked everyday from then on. In March, I proposed to her. This wasn’t the “will you marry me” kind of proposal. Since she was in LA (Southern California) and I was in San Francisco (Northern California) , I had to propose on the phone. This way, if she said no, it wouldn’t make the rest of the weekend BAD. I gave my standard greeting on the answering machine, the I said : “If this is Jill Krantz, will you marry me?”
When I called my phone at 4:00pm, I can’t believe as the YES’s I got…from all my male friends…and no YES from Jill. I was crushed! I was thinking “I am glad I didn’t do it in person.” I got home that night and the message light was blinking. It was probably Jill explaining why she didn’t want to marry me. Could I blame her? I wasn’t making a salary, I was in huge debt and I wasn’t sure how long our company would be in existence. Great Catch? I don’t think so.
I sat down and pressed the button. It was Jill…and she said “YES!”I was ecstatic! The girl of my dreams said YES. I made a commitment: “I will honor my wife…forever.”