Head over heels in love

The Drumheller Mail - - CLASSIFIEDS - Diane Thomas The Drumheller Mail

Jim and Tara McMil­lan met in De­cem­ber 1983, in Cal­gary, at the Vil­lage Square Leisure Cen­tre. She was only 15 years old, swim­ming and do­ing the typ­i­cal thing with girl­friends and Jim (18 years old) was in a Chucky Cheese mas­cot out­fit do­ing a promo at the cen­tre.

He was about to leave, when he turned around and saw Tara. He wasn’t al­lowed to speak while wear­ing the mast­cot out­fit so he pleaded with his co-worker to get Tara’s phone num­ber and even­tu­ally her girl­friend gave it up. Later that night, Tara’s mom said there was a mes­sage on the phone, say­ing, “Chucky Cheese had called and would call back later.”

They went on their first date, a blind date, as she had never seen his face be­cause of the mas­cot cos­tume. They dated for a while how­ever, they even­tu­ally went their own sep­a­rate ways.

Dur­ing the 25 years they were apart, Tara mar­ried and had three chil­dren. Jim had been mar­ried twice and was now di­vorced. Five years ago, while Jim was liv­ing in Delisle, SK he de­cided to go on-line and search for old friends. There was a web­site for high school grad­u­ates to re­con­nect and he re­mem­bered Tara’s school name and the year she had grad­u­ated. “Lo and be­hold, there she was!” ex­claimed Jim. He sent an email and she sent one back. Jim said, “It’s like we have never been apart.”

Two years ago, in Au­gust, they mar­ried and held their cel­e­bra­tion at the Royal Cana­dian Le­gion. They were danc­ing and “do­ing the dip” to a song by the Ea­gles, Take it to the Limit, when Jim felt beads of sweat run­ning down his fin­gers and Tara slipped from his hand, fall­ing on her head giv­ing new mean­ing to fall­ing head over heels in love.

Jim said: “When we first dated, she was so shy, al­most as if she was afraid to smile. Now she is very out­go­ing, con­cerned with her fam­ily and very lov­ing. That’s what at­tracted me the most.” Tara said, “I love his sense of hu­mour, and that we can be funny and goofy to­gether. He is my best friend.”

Their key to a suc­cess­ful mar­riage is re­spect and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

Tara summed it up by say­ing, “Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain!”

“Don’t wait for the storm to pass, learn to dance in the rain!”

Tara

McMil­lan

mailphoto Diane Thomas

Tara and Jim McMil­lan met again af­ter 25 years. They have been mar­ried al­most 3 years.

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