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28 | February 16, 2017 | The glenview lantern life & arts SAVE THE DATE 10am - 2pm Saturday, Feb. 25th Sunset Ridge School 525 Sunset Ridge Road, Northfield Activities include: • Meet with day camps, overnight camps, sports camps, arts camps and more! • Free Face Painting and Balloon Artist (10:30 am - 1:30 pm) • Free cotton candy • Games for children FREE PARKING! FREE ADMISSION! For more info: (847) 272-4565 How We Met Contest Love is in ... the paper Chris Pullam, Editor Valentine’s Day has come and gone, but it will live forever in my email inbox. Over the past month, I’ve received How We Met contest submissions from infatuated Glenview residents recounting their romantic origin stories. These submission ranged from funny and sentimental to cute and heart-warming, and the process of whittling down the entries to one winner was hard and arduous. So, at the bottom of this introduction, you’ll see the story of how Jill and Michael Weeks met. The couple will receive a prize from a local Glenview business, just in time for V-Day. So, congratulations on finding love and winning a local newspaper contest! I also want to thank the many other residents who wrote in about their fairytale endings. And without further ado, here is the winning entry: In February 1987, while I was a student at New Trier High School, there was a turnabout dance (girls ask the boys). I asked a boy whom I liked and was pleasantly surprised when he said yes. A few weeks later, after spending my own money to buy a dress and have it shortened, plus the matching shoes and purse, the boy from New Trier changed his mind and took his old girlfriend to the dance. I was 17 years old and crushed. We lived on the border of Wilmette and Glenview and on the day of the dance, sadder than I thought possible, I drove aimlessly down Glenview Road, turned north on Waukegan and for little reason stopped at Weiss Ace Hardware. As I walked into the store, I saw a sign for a part-time cashier. I took the job. On my first Saturday, as I worked at the registers, a boy named Michael, who worked in the paint department, asked me on a date. Needless to say, on the heels of major rejection, I was beaming. On that same Saturday, my mother and her friend, Judy, came to see me at my first real job. When they arrived in the afternoon, I took them to a quiet aisle in the hardware section to whisper the exciting news of being asked out by a boy named Michael. I was happily chatting with my mom and her friend when a stock-boy, named Michael, turned down the aisle and walked up to us. Instantly, my mother and Judy were beaming at this boy whose name tag read “Michael.” Michael said to us all: “Can I help you?” I introduced “Hardware Michael” to my mom and Judy. They chatted a few moments and then my mom and Judy quickly feigned need of a light bulb. “Hardware Michael” immediately went in search of the incandescent light bulb, although not in his specific department. My mother and Judy squealed with excitement. “Cute as a button!” “Adorable!” I stopped them: “Oh, it’s not that Michael, but it’s a different boy also named Michael who asked me out. That Michael works in the paint department.” My mom and Judy exchanged a wink and a shrug. I went on two very short dates with “Paint Department Michael.” While we both thought the other was nice, there was no reason to move forward dating. Meanwhile, Michael Weeks, aka “Hardware Michael,” and I became inseparable friends. Even though I went to New Trier and he went to Glenbrook South, we had plenty of time to develop a strong friendship that sprung while working at Ace Hardware together. In May, though Michael had been dating another girl, he said yes when I asked him to New Trier’s prom. Michael picked me up in his blue Pontiac for dinner at Benihana’s in downtown Chicago before the prom started. While we were driving to dinner, laughing and talking, Michael’s car broke down right smack in front of the famous French restaurant, Chez Paul. Walking into Chez Paul only to borrow the phone, we laughed at ourselves in our fancy tuxedo and prom dress. (There were no cell phones in 1987!) We called Michael’s father, Jim Weeks, and then walked out to sit on the curb and wait for a tow truck, as we thought our evening had ended. Well, Michael’s father, a 25-year distinguished fireman for Glenview, knew how to put out the fire of a ruined prom. He and Michael’s grandfather immediately drove two cars downtown from Glenview to Chez Paul. In record time, they gave us one of the cars and said to us: “Go on — get to that dance!” We barely even missed the first song while Michael’s father and grandfather spent the night arranging for Michael’s blue Pontiac to be towed home. Because of the heroic save of the evening, the prom was one of the first great nights I’ve had with Michael Weeks. Later, at the end of that evening, “Hardware Michael” drove me home and sweetly kissed me, I knew we weren’t just friends any longer. In June of this year, we will celebrate 30 years together, plus two wonderful boys: Alan, 9, and Nathan, 7. We still live in Glenview and love to go to Ace Hardware together! visit us online at glenview the glenview lantern | February 16, 2017 | 29 yoga strength group exercise nutrition fun JCC Chicago’s All Star Abilities is an original, peer-to-peer program focusing on fitness and wellness through a variety of activities for teens with and without disabilities. Led by JCC Chicago and Keshet professional staff. No cost to participate; all training and instruction included. Teen volunteers can earn service credit hours. Marvin Lustbader Center Bernard Weinger JCC 300 Revere Drive, Northbrook Program Begins Soon! 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