Nursing Voices

Thursday, July 20, 2006

The Blind Date

Did your friends ever talk you into going on a blind date? My two friends convinced me to go on a blind date when I was in nursing school. We went out as a group. My date looked like Moe. He was a nice guy, but he just wasn't my type.

I went to nursing school in the backwoods, redneck town of Danville, Illinois. I didn't know what I was getting myself into when I moved there. During the 1970s, the biggest social event in Danville involved putting on bed sheets, going into a Black neighborhood every Friday night, and burning a cross. Seriously, I'm not kidding. Mike, my blind date, was a native son. His idea of a successful life was getting a job hauling garbage for the county, and earning enough money so he could go out drinking every weekend with the boys. He thought it was nice I was going to be a nurse, but said I was wasting my time. He said a woman needs to "know her place," and that place is in the home after she gets married. Yeah, right Jug Head.

I shudder to think what my life would be like if I had married a guy like Mike. I get queasy just thinking about it. As soon as I graduated from school, I packed up and moved out of Danville as fast as I could, never to return again. Today, I'm married to the most wonderful, enlightened man I've ever met. Sometimes you really do get to live happily ever after.


Blogger kt said...

well that is good news for us single girls..that you found someone you love! for i have only had nightmare after nightmare of blind dates. oh how i hate them. just got offered ANOTHER one today. i think i will pass. he looks like he is 20.

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Blogger Hoping4more said...

oh! *gasp* i love happy stories! such a romantic sap...thank you for writing this; it's awesome and many of us NEED to hear something like this! :) *SO HAPPY 4 U!*

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Blogger NeoNurseChic said...

Oh my grandfather was born in good ole Danville, Illinois. He was best friends with Dick Van Dyke...also of Danville. I've heard a lot of stories about that place, but never visited. Not likely that I ever will as my grandfather died in 1996. He grew up on a farm out there - I did always like hearing his farm stories, though!! :)

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