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!”



mailphoto Diane Thomas

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

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