So what do you do when you’ve missed the opportunity to ask someone to the prom? Wait 35 years and ask again. Campbell-Sevey sales rep Charlie Thomas did just that recently. Here’s the incredible story in his own words.
“It was almost 40 years ago when a friend of mine met me at Deephaven beach for a day of tanning on the sand and cooling off in the lake. She brought along a bikini clad friend of hers, Kalyn, and I was suddenly and completely wrapped up in her incredible teenage beauty. With some difficulty, I pressed through my teenage immaturity enough to stumble through some sort of bumbling conversation. On our bikes, I followed Kalyn home that day, which spawned a long high school relationship for us. Although over three annual opportunities, I was an idiot for not being brave enough to ask her to our high school prom.
“After high school, each of our separate lives contained break ups, marriages, child rearing, and divorces. Years later we found ourselves back in a relationship with each other, now having the advantage of decades of life experience. While many things had changed through the years, the desire for time with each other was still very much alive in us both.
“Kalyn is a Wayzata high school science teacher, and this year the chance presented itself to attend prom as a couple (as chaperones this time). I jumped to take advantage of the opportunity, replicating what would have been our high school experience as closely as I could. I surprised her with a corsage/boutonniere, tuxedo, and I rented a fancy car. My parents even came over to take pre-prom pictures!
“It was truly a magical night. Needless to say, it was totally worth the wait!”
Congratulations Charlie! We are thrilled you finally got up the nerve to ask.