A deal is a deal. And this one’s sealed with a kiss.
Several decades ago — they don’t remember exactly when — lifelong friends and high school sweethearts Kimberley Dean and Ron Palmer made a pact. They would marry each other if neither had tied the knot by the time they both had reached 50.
Dean is now 51 and Palmer is 54… and the pair from St. Paul, Minnesota, indeed did get married last week.
The couple started dating when Dean was a high school freshman and Palmer was a senior.
“After high school, I wanted to go sow my oats. so we broke up,” Palmer said. “But we broke up on good terms. We remained friends.”
Whenever one experienced a relationship breakup, he or she would call the other to talk. After one such call, the two struck a deal.
“It was a complete joke. We were both single at the time and we were just both fed up with dating and all the craziness that goes with that,” Dean recalled.
She was divorced and had two children. Palmer also was divorced but had no kids. And that’s when they made the pact.
“It was something along the lines, since she’s 2 1/2 years younger, ‘Once you hit 50, if we’re both single, maybe we should try this again,'” Palmer said.
But they quickly forgot about the deal as time passed. They remained in each other’s lives, never going more than six months without talking to each other.
“That’s the kind of friendship we have. ‘If you need something, I’m there for you.’ It’s always been that way for us,” she said.
In 2016, they made another attempt to become a couple and this time, found success. Palmer proposed a year later on New Year’s Eve.
On June 1, the couple got married in a garden ceremony in front of a waterfall. Dean’s son walked her down the aisle and her daughter served as the maid of honor. The couple’s last dance at their reception was to the song “Keep on Loving You” by REO Speedwagon.
“The day was beautiful; the weather was gorgeous. We were surrounded by friends and family,” Dean said.
Palmer said his love for Dean has always run deep, and she added that she only regrets that it took them so long to get married.
“Everybody jokes, ‘Well, it’s about dang time.’ We waited a long time to finally get to this point. Everything you go through to get to here was worth it. I just wish it could have been a little earlier,” she said. “What can I say? I love him. I’m head over heels.”
Best wishes to the happy couple.
Source: Eun Kyung Kim/Today
Photo: © Courtesy of Kimberley Dean