Sharon was a Sigma Kappa at Cal Berkeley, in her junior year. As she stood outside her sorority house, chatting with the house mom, a guy that she knew from Kappa Sigma crossed the street.
“Hey Sharon, do you want to go to pinning party with me tonight?”
“Okay,” Sharon said, even though she didn’t like the guy in that way.
He wore Buddy Holly glasses and was majoring in finance.
“I’ll see you at 9:00,” Bob said.
A pinning party took place after a fraternity guy gave his pin to his girlfriend, one step below giving her an engagement ring (a gesture of pre-engagement). The girl would reveal to her sisters that she had been pinned. Everyone would sit in a circle and pass a candle, usually while singing a love song. No one knew for sure who had just been pinned until she blew out the candle the third time around. Then there’d be cheers, tears,and hugs all around. Once everyone congratulated her, the guys would throw them a party at the frat house.
Sharon didn’t think much of the invitation. She had a crush on one of Bob’s tall frat brothers. Bob was just a little bit taller than she was.
But that all changed when the party ended. Bob walked her back to her sorority and gave her the kiss of her life, and she’d been kissed by dozens of guys.
Wow! Who needs the tall crush when I can have this guy?
Couldda Wouldda Didda
Exactly one year later, on October 12th, Sharon had her own pinning ritual at Sigma Kappa. She married Bob after their graduation in the spring. They will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this year. He is still the best kisser ever.