BOB AND JOANNE

The Globe and Mail (Alberta Edition) - - PURSUITS - – COURT­NEY SHEA

Bob and Joanne Wood took the same bus to school every morn­ing, but it took a batch of fresh-baked cook­ies to take their re­la­tion­ship to the next level

Who: Bob Wood, 54, re­tired RCMP of­fi­cer, Joanne Wood, 57, high-school teacher Re­la­tion­ship sta­tus: Mar­ried since 1986

Lo­ca­tion: Lan­g­ley, B.C.

COOKIE CUT­TER RO­MANCE

Bob: We met in 1984 I was a stu­dent at Univer­sity of Al­berta. Every day I took the bus from west Edmonton to the U of A cam­pus.

Joanne: I was on the same bus route. I had no­ticed Bob and thought he was quite a cute hunk, but I was too shy to say any­thing. He had blond hair and he wore a sweater, so I thought he was Aus­tralian.

Bob: And then one day I’m just sit­ting there on the bus at 8:30 AM and this woman drops a batch of choco­late chip cook­ies in my lap. I thought she looked like a Chanel model.

Joanne: I wasn’t sure if I’d have the guts to even give them to him, but I did.

Bob: Her ex­act words were, “I hope I’m not be­ing too for­ward, but I baked you some cook­ies.” And then she walked away and I thought maybe it was my bud­dies play­ing a trick on me. It took a few beats. And then I caught up with her and asked if I could take her for an orange juice.

A BOOK­CASE BUILT FOR TWO

Joanne: We used to have this joke about when we would “share book­cases,” which was our eu­phemism for if we ever got mar­ried, had kids.

Bob: For us, it meant the fu­ture. We had a lot of books back then. The kids of to­day might say, “Do you want to share dig­i­tal space?” Af­ter we had been dat­ing for a bit, I got a call to join the RCMP, which was my life dream. I dropped out of my masters pro­gram and went off to Regina. Joanne stayed back to fin­ish school, but we got en­gaged be­fore I left.

Joanne: We went to the mall to to­gether to get the ring. We picked it out to­gether. It was $240.

Bob: It was $243. We were count­ing out pen­nies back then. I don’t think I’d ever given any­one that much money for any­thing. Joanne: On our 25th an­niver­sary we added two di­a­monds and had it welded to­gether.

SIM­PLE PLEA­SURES

Joanne: I know there are women who have a thing for Moun­ties or men in uni­form. That wasn’t nec­es­sar­ily me. Our first post was very iso­lat­ing. It was a small town and we were from a city and peo­ple weren’t very friendly. But we were lucky af­ter that with where we were liv­ing.

Bob: I guess you could say things just worked out. And here we are all th­ese years later. Here we are cel­e­brat­ing 32 years on Aug. 22. We’ll prob­a­bly go out for din­ner or do some­thing sim­ple. We’re not parachutists.

Joanne: Some­times I’ll make cook­ies for the an­niver­sary. He’s also par­tial to my co­conut cream pie. Match pro­files an in­ter­est­ing cou­ple each week. In­ter­ested in be­ing fea­tured? Share your story at match@globe­and­mail.com

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