Mary Ann Molaro of Lindenhurst didn't like her husband, Carmyn, when they first met. She recalls how a high school dance changed her mind.
My dad owned a luncheonette called Kay's Korner in Elmont. In 1955 he hired my future husband, Carmyn, to work for him after school. I was 13 and Carmyn was 14. I also worked with my dad.
From the first day my Aunt Fanny met Carmyn, she kept telling me that one day I would marry him. I always said, "Never, never, never!"
I knew Carmyn liked me, but I was not interested and I let him know it. Whenever he made me an ice cream soda, I would dump it in the sink. If I wasn't working and saw him at the shop, I'd walk out.
We both went to Sewanhaka High School. The school was having a Sadie Hawkins Day Dance, and I asked another boy, Carl, to the dance. Carl worked at the luncheonette and was Carmyn's friend. Two days before the dance Carl called and said he could not take me because he had to work.
He had asked Carmyn to fill in for him at work, but Carmyn said no. I was heartbroken. All my friends were going, and I didn't have a date.
My Aunt Fanny told me to ask Carmyn, so I did and was very surprised when he said yes. It turned out that he wouldn't take Carl's shift at work because he knew I wanted to go to the dance and thought if I didn't have a date I might ask him.
That dance changed our lives forever. We had such a good time. My Aunt Fanny was right all along. She knew we were made for each other.
Our love grew from that memorable night on, and we dated all through high school. We married on May 15, 1960, one year after I graduated.
Our lives have been filled with love, joy and happiness. We have three wonderful children and eight grandchildren.
Carmyn owned Rapid Home Heating and a sprinkler business, Rushforth & Molaro, in Amityville. He retired in 2004 and enjoys sailing our boat. I worked for North Babylon schools as a bus driver trainer for 36 years and retired on June 29, 2007. Now I can also take trips on our boat.