Monday, March 28, 2011
She was 13 years old when her brother Jim brought John Beninghof over after school. She found herself with a crush on John and told herself she would marry that man someday. We'll grandpa being 4 years older than grandpa did not pay much attention to her. He fell in love with another girl and proposed to her for marriage just before leaving for WWII.
Grandpa recieved a "Dear John" letter telling of the other woman breaking off their engagement and marrying another. Grandma said grandpa did not mind too much because he was too busy dating other women on base in Panama.
Grandma said she worked at Sanitary Market on Main Street in Ashland, only a couple of blocks from the bus stop. She said she saw John Beninghof walking home with his Army backpack slung over his shoulder right in front of the store. Grandma was now 17 years old. Grandma said she stopped what she was doing and ran to the telephone and called her mom, to let her know that John Beninghof was back in town.
Grandma Gilbert then called John to invite him over for dinner. The night he was coming over, Grandpa was late for dinner. They held dinner an hour for him and finally decided to eat. Once they had just finished eating, grandpa showed up. Grandma laughed about this, she said grandpa was always late and never paid close attention to details. He thought he was supposed to come up after dinner.
She said her family sat around catching up with grandpa and listening to some of his stories from the war. She said about 2 weeks later he called her and invited her to the movies, "the show," and she said the rest was history.
What a fun story for me to hear. I can just picture Grandma running to the phone and calling home in her 1940s dress and red lipstick. I hope to hear some more of these stories as we continue to visit her.