After meeting in high school Kimberley Dean and Ron Palmer made a promise they would marry each other if neither had tied the knot by the time they both had reached 50.
They met at Saint Agnes School in Minnesota almost 37 years ago. The friendship between the two turned into a relationship but both went their separate way when the school year came to an end.
Palmer told: “We dated most of my senior year, and we broke up but remained friends,”
“I wanted to go sow my oats, so to speak, and I was honest with her. I decided to go have my fun, and I thought girls were a dime a dozen. But I never developed as good as a relationship with anyone else as I had with her.”
After few years of their graduation both married to other people but Palmer’s marriage lasted seven years, and Kimberly had two children before she got a divorce in 1998.
Kimberly says: “We’re very comfortable around each other,”
“We do the complete the sentences and laugh at each other’s stupid jokes kind of thing. We’re kind of like a yin and a yang.”
“I’d either get a letter or a phone call every once in awhile. When I was dating other girls and having issues, I would call her and she would help me through those times,” Palmer remembers. “It was a super good friendship, and it went back and forth like that for a long time.”
They said that they never went more than six months without talking to each other, and during one of their many conversations when they were in their 30s, they promised each other that if they weren’t married again by the time they were both over the age of 50, they would marry each other.
“It was like a lightbulb went off,” Kimberly recalls.
“And I told him, ‘Do you remember this stupid pact we made?’ ”
“She asked if we should try it again,” Palmer says. “I told her, you know, we’re risking a real incredible friendship, because if it doesn’t work this time, I don’t know how we could still remain friends.”
“I did hesitate when she asked me, but I could see we still had feelings for each other,” Palmer says. “And it’s been fantastic ever since.”
On New year’s eve 2017, Palmer proposed, and the couple married on June 1 and completed the promised they made to each other a long ago.
Kimberly says.“It started out as just a complete random joke and never in a million years did we both think we would have ended up in the same place at the right time,”
“Because I mean, we’ve been in different relationships, and now here we are!”
“When it comes to any type of a relationship, be it friendship or a relationship that you have with a partner, don’t give up,” Dean says.
“We put it on the line, and I’m glad that it worked out. We’re still friends, but we’re married. So don’t give up.”
“It’s pretty much the same,” she says.
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