Lots of people meet in school, but Robert and Carol Sanderhoff weren’t learning lessons when they met.
They were about to start teaching them.
In August 1968, they had recently been hired by the Omaha school district and were attending a workshop for new teachers before fall classes began.
Carol remembers walking in for the first day of the workshops and spotting Robert talking to another guy in the hallway.
She noticed Robert’s curly blond hair, but it wasn’t just that. Something about him struck her: It was love at first sight. She still isn’t sure why it clicked for her so suddenly.
Carol had to find a way to meet him, so she signed up for the same workshops he signed up for.
She sat next to him during a workshop on preparing bulletin boards, and suggested they should get together and share ideas. She gave him her number, and waited for a phone call.
Three weeks went by and he hadn’t called. Carol figured she’d never see Robert again.
But finally he called, but not about bulletin boards. He asked her out on a date. They went to a movie, and soon became a couple.
Many of their dates involved grading papers together.
They had been dating for less than a month when Robert asked her something, like, “When do you want to get the rings?”
“Tomorrow,” Carol told him.
So they picked out rings at Zales at Crossroads Mall and had a very short engagement.
They picked Nov. 1 as their wedding date. That gave Carol’s mom just two weeks to put together a beautiful but simple wedding at American Lutheran Church.
The Sanderhoffs have two daughters, and now have a step-granddaughter and a great-granddaughter.
Robert retired from teaching in 1996. Carol went from teaching to working at a hospital child care center, retiring in 2011.
Looking back, they realize their short engagement caught their families by surprise.
They actually flunked a pre-marriage compatibility quiz their pastor gave them, and he told them the marriage wouldn’t last.
Next month, they will celebrate their 45th anniversary, and are still going strong.