You’ve heard of “The Notebook.”
Call this one “The Note.”
Written in red marker on a piece of lined paper, the note connected Scott and Caroline Weihrauch of Gretna more than three decades ago.
In November 1979 Scott was a 22-year-old sergeant stationed at Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, Wash. He was from Ohio and wanted to get home for the holidays, but he knew his Pinto wasn’t up for the 2,000-mile trek.
So he posted a note on the bulletin board at the base’s post office that said: “If anyone is interested in going back east to Ohio” they should call him.
Caroline, also from Ohio, was a 25-year-old airman stationed at the base. She spotted the note.
Caroline was planning to fly home for Christmas because she knew her Chevy Vega wouldn’t make it all the way to the Buckeye State.
She thought the note sounded like someone was offering a ride. She figured she could save money by catching a ride instead of flying.
So Caroline called Scott’s number at the base’s payroll office where he worked. He wasn’t in at the time, so she left a message.
When Scott showed up for work, his boss was smiling. His boss told Scott, who hadn’t had a date in two years, that a girl had called for him. Scott’s co-workers razzed him.
A day or two later, Caroline stopped by his office to ask about the ride.
When she walked into the office, Scott wondered who the cute girl was.
They chatted, and Scott ended up asking her out.
On their first date they drove 15 miles in Scott’s Pinto from the base to Spokane for the movie “Star Trek.”
The Pinto’s transmission started breaking on the way back. He had to drive the whole way in second gear going 20 mph on the Interstate.
Between Scott’s rough-running Pinto and Caroline’s shaky Vega, they knew neither one of them would be driving home for the holidays.
They both ended up catching separate flights to Ohio.
On the way back to the base, they arranged to meet at O’Hare International Airport in Chicago, and then flew to Spokane together.
Scott and Caroline continued dating. Neither had much money, so they’d look for cheap fun, like 25-cent movies at the base theater. Many days they’d meet for lunch in the base mess hall.
Both were Ohio State football fans, so they had plenty to talk about.
Five months after they met, Scott and Caroline married on April 25, 1980, in the base chapel. They celebrated their 32nd anniversary this year, and have three daughters and seven grandchildren.
Caroline still has that note Scott posted on the bulletin board. She framed it and it sits on the mantle of their home. She often notices it as she walks by, and it reminds her how God works in people’s lives.
“God gets you together in odd ways,” she says. “Just let things happen.”
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