Put yourself in my position: I had just turned 19 years old, I worked at Round Table Pizza making less than a dollar above minimum wage, I had just spent all of my money on the last two weeks of going out with Zsuzsa, I was still living at home with my parents, and I had just gotten married and not told anyone! All of this had to be fixed in the next 19 days. The main things I needed to do were get a real job and get an apartment.
I decided to tell my older brother and my older sister right away, so that I could enlist their help and get their wisdom on setting up a new household since I was new at this. When I told my brother Clint, his first reaction was, "You're still going on that backpacking trip!" Then he was pretty concerned about the fact that I had gotten married so suddenly and seemed a little nervous about the whole thing, but then he said, "Well, she did definitely seem to fit in well with our family." When I told my sister Raani, she was thrilled and said, "Yes! She is going to be my new best friend!"
I got permission from my parents to move in with Clint and Spring for a little while since he had just moved into a new bigger place, and there were more job opportunities on that side of town. I moved my stuff over to a spare bedroom at Clint's place but didn't even unpack because I knew I'd only be there until I got into my own apartment which I was, of course, determined to do before Zsuzsa returned. That would also give me a base of operations to get everything done that I needed to over the next 19 days without my parents becoming suspicious.
My plan was to tell my parents as soon as she got back from Germany in a couple weeks. That way I could tell them, "This is my new job, new apartment, and by the way, this is my wife." I figured that would sound A LOT better than, "I live at home, have a low-paying job, and I just got married, but my wife is in Germany right now." So I went to work to make everything happen asap!
To be continued...
|My brother Clint and I around this time|