Our Secret is Out!

Like most children, ours asked how we met. Over the years, the story came out in bits and pieces. There was a reason for that.

It all started years ago, back in Wisconsin, I had my wisdom teeth pulled. While high on Tylenol 3’s, I watched the Oprah Winfrey Show for the first time. She interviewed several contestants competing to take over the job of Dear Abby; an advice columnist.

Every time someone asked a question, they came up with varying answers, until a young woman phoned in. She asked what she should do with a boyfriend who wouldn’t commit to marriage after 2 years of dating. Every panelist said, “Give him the ultimatum,” and then they cut to a commercial.

While higher than a kite, I had a Eureka moment! When my boyfriend of nearly three years stopped over an hour later, I gave him the ultimatum! Of course I gave no thought to this momentous occasion, my chipmunk appearance, or my dragon breath that could have dropped mere mortals to their knees.

Needless to say it did not go well. A month later, I told him to make up his mind, so I could enjoy my summer which was always short in the land of cheese.

To get my mind off the inevitable, I called my mom. “Let’s go to a Brewer game this Saturday!”

“I just had bridge club with Marilyn Lindau,” Mom said, “Danny is coming into town from Colorado for Memorial Day weekend. Maybe they’d like to join us.” The Lindaus were family friends and my sister Patty and I knew Danny’s brothers, Jamie and Mark.

I flashed back to the first time I met Danny. I was entering high school as he was entering college. Our families went on a camping trip in Door County. Danny drove up in a Volkswagen convertible and then played soccer with his brothers. I remember saying to Patty, “I didn’t know the Lindau boys had an older brother!” He only remembers my sister because of her cute freckles.

My sister and I gathered our friends and met the Lindaus at my parent’s house. We caravanned in a couple of carloads to the baseball game in Milwaukee.

Danny was on crutches after breaking his leg while skiing cornices at Arapahoe Basin. I used it as an excuse to take care of him for the day. He told me all about life in Colorado. I hinted about how much I would love to visit his State someday. We shared the same silly sense of humor.

Danny flew back to Denver on Monday.

My boyfriend and I broke up on Tuesday.

A few days later, I received a letter from Danny inviting my sister and me to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival June 19th.

I flew out to Denver for a three-day weekend. He wined and dined me in Denver. Then we drove to Telluride. I enjoyed the amazing music while relating to someone I felt I had known my whole life.

We got along so well that when he flew to Madison to see me over 4th of July weekend, we got the priest, the church and set the date to be married on October 10th.

The priest insisted we state that we began dating on Memorial Day.  A three-day-weekend in Telluride only two weeks before, wouldn’t fly with the Catholic Church.

Thank you Oprah Winfrey!

Twice I tried to contact her with our story, but I guess it wasn’t dysfunctional enough.

Flash forward 25 years. Our children are twenty and twenty-two-years old. I think they have heard the complete story by now and realize that we took a leap of faith after dating for a very short time. They also know how much we love each other. They would say, “It’s all good.”

Talk about Wild Rides!

Happy 25th Anniversary Danny!

More secrets will be revealed on Friday…

149 thoughts on “Our Secret is Out!

  1. It’s always wonderful to hear a great love story with a long-term ending! Mine was not nearly as happy or long, but, out of it came two wonderful children I wouldn’t trade for the world.
    (Ah, the world’s a mess, anyway!).


  2. Ha! I think it’s an awesome story. Wish mine will last this long. Hey I also think I read your Oprah revelation with your old boyfriend when I was perusing your old posts a while back. Good one.🙂


    • You’re right! The focus was on Oprah and how she was leaving her show. I took 800 words out of it! Man I was long winded back in the day and you are amazing for reading the whole thing!
      It sure goes by fast! Thanks Guat!


    • We are! I have heard so much about couples having to work at it, but I have no idea what that means… thank God!🙂
      Thanks so much!


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  6. I’ve only seen the love of your life, in the background’ yet as beside you as soul and soul’. I was hoping you had someone there with you to grab hold of the anchor rope as you leap into a wicker weaved basket to explore a vast silk canvas balloon, to enjoy each and every wild ride with you. Your “Secret is Out” is dearer than dear Susie. Oprah has a Horse ranch up here in the country west of Canby Oregon. Nice as Oprah is’ she should have been so honored to have had you and Danny your heart as guests to interview as a guest. And I say Wow! What a dear and Gorgeous Family you are blessed with Susie.

    Susie I had nuked my blog, So I only post with comments here’ due to spam’ and Span’ more spam’ and there for am Considering creating a Blog elsewhere where I have much tighter viewing control over who reads my life stories and creations. So when I do I shall add you as a friend there if you wish to view. Things that I cannot publish main stream public’ such as being picked up by the Devil’s Chauffeur’ on the One and only ever time that I hitchhiked. It didn’t go well for him. I was incognito and carrying due to my past life’ and there for it saved my life. But that story is nothing for everyone’s eyes.


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