Two elderly people who had been living in an old retirement home near a big city, and both being widowed for many years, had known each other for a few years.
One saturday evening there was a community dinner in the main hall of the Clubhouse. Both of them were sitting at the same table, right across from one another. As the evening went on, the man had been taken a few admiring glances at the woman and finally gathered the courage to ask her, ‘Would you marry me?’ After maybe 10 seconds of ‘careful consideration,’ she answered, ‘Yes. Yes, of course I will!’ After the dinner and some dancing the evening was coming to an end and, with some more pleasant exchanges between the two, they finally went outside and to their respective rooms.
The next day when he woke up, he was somewhat troubled about the night before. ‘Did she say ‘yes’ or did she say ‘no’ when I asked her to marry me?’ No matter how hard he tried, he really couldn’t remember anymore. He kept trying for a while, but he just could not recall. Not even a faint memory. After a long time of trying he decided that he better call her to find out so he went to the telephone and called her.
After she picked up, he directly started with explaining to her that he couldn’t remember things as well as he used to do. After that he reviewed the lovely evening of the night before. And when he gained some more courage, he finally inquired, ‘Do you remember when I asked if you would marry me, did you answer Yes’ or did you answer ‘No’?’ Her answer made him smile from ear to ear, ‘Why, I answered, ‘Yes, yes I will.’ and I really meant it with all of my heart.’ And then she continued,
‘And I am so very glad that you called to ask me, because I couldn’t recall anymore who asked me to marry.’