The love story of Kelly and Michael Allen dates back to a fateful encounter at a funnel cake stand in 1984. Thirty-four years and two children later, their love is still full of joy, laughter, and adventure.
The story is narrated by their son, Eddie.
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Welcome to the choose love podcast, the show that chronicles the extraordinary love of ordinary people. Our hope is that these stories will inspire us all to #choose love. The podcast is presented by Elle + Adhira, your digital bridesmaid. W e're here to take your squad moments to the next level and help curate your bridal style so that you can focus on love. Now I'm a young person. I have so many things to learn, including the ever confusing and amazing world of love. That's why for this episode I decided I'd go to the people who've taught me the most in life. My parents, I'm hoping by sharing their story with the world, I'll be able to uncover some of the secrets about love and f igure out why it's so popular. Here's their story.Speaker 2:
Hi , I'm Kelly Weisfeld.Speaker 1:
That's my mom Kelly. She's the smartest person I know. Whatever the problem is, no matter how big or small, she always has a solution, and I am Michael Allen Weisfeld and that is my dad, the first person to ever make me laugh. He has what I can only describe as a mechanical mind. I can't remember a day of my life where my father wasn't tinkering on something, staying up late every night in the garage, taking stuff apart and then putting it back together. Now let's go back to 1984. Ghostbusters had just come out. Michael Jackson had sold 37 million copies of his new album. Thriller and Gas was a dollar and 10 cents per gallon. This was also the year that Kelly and Michael first met.Speaker 2:
We met at Yaga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio.Speaker 1:
I can see exactly where it was to at geography where I met you at the Jogger Lake ballroom. Yeah. In 1984 I believe it was. Geogra Lake was a local amusement park located in Geogra county in northeast Ohio.Speaker 2:
Well, right now it would be considered an old fashioned kind of park, don't you think? It was. It had big trees and it had um, a traditional midway. It wasn't like overly crowded with rides. It had like quaint little stands with games and it had a cute little kitty land with lots of kitty rides back. Then . As you walked across the midway, you can hear the sea lions across the lake at seaworld begging for food. You know, they, they bark. It was cool. It was a really cool thing to hear . I'm not gonna do my invitation .Speaker 1:
It was a nice small park, a great place to hang out in the summertime, rides games, fried food, like the movie, adventure land. But in real life, the whole place was ran by a bunch of teenagers. So the chances that love would strike were pretty high.Speaker 2:
I was , uh , hired as a seasonal ,Speaker 1:
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a v technician. Hi , was a crew member at a food called at the time, the Monterey Nail .Speaker 1:
Because of their differing jobs, there wasn't really any reason Mike and Kelly would ever meet. Luckily for me though, fate would have them cross paths.Speaker 2:
They put me in this funnel, cake stand. This person had been working by themselves all day long and was super busy. So the place was completely [inaudible] track was done in our closed [inaudible] . I looked around and the place looked like a bomb had gone off in it . You know, and I don't know if you're aware of how funnel cakes are made. It's like you take dough and you squirt it into hot oil. So there's cake done . [inaudible] it got better everywhere .Speaker 1:
It was an absolute nightmare of a situation. The funnel cake stand was stormed by a flurry of hungry customers the entire day. Kelly had to work fast. There wasn't time to think cake batter was flying around the stand. Oil splashed out of the friars and powdered sugar coated every surface alone in the Stan Kelly started to realize the dilemma that she now faced. It pretty much looked like a funnel cake bomb had gone off. She stood there and not even knowing where to start alone and on the verge of tears, she was ready to break down. Is that that same exact time that Mike noticed a girl struggling by herself to clean up after a long day? It had been a hectic day for the both of them. He could have easily just kept walking down the midway and out of the park and she could have just cleaned up herself and went home and the two of them could have never met, just moved on with their lives without ever even knowing each other, but that's not what happened that day. Mike walked right up to that stand to see what was going on. He could tell that the girl he had noticed was obviously upset at the situation she was in.Speaker 2:
The place was such a disastrous medicine. It was going to take me a long, long time to clean it up and I didn't even know where to start and I'm was looking out the window and dad walked by and saw me looking sad and came in and cleaned the entire stand for me. It would have been washing those dishes ever since.Speaker 1:
After that, everything just seemed to fall into place. Mike gave her his number and she immediately called him that night.Speaker 2:
Well, let me tell you something. Part of the reason, there's a funny story. Part of the reason I called dad that night was that I had this friend from high school, David and David actually worked at the monorail with me that first year. That's how he and I became friends and he was in town from Pittsburgh visiting and he was annoying me to the, you know, he was on my very last nerve that night we were in, we were in cat , he was on my very last nerve and I just wanted to like distract myself from him. So I thought I'd call Mike. Turns out the reason David was so annoying that night was that he had the chicken box, but we didn't know that at the time. ItSpeaker 1:
was that night that they both knew that this was it. They both found the one 10 years later they made it official and got engaged.Speaker 2:
Kelly , what are your the gates with story? Yeah . It's not very exciting. Well, this last time it was the last time it was 20 below. No, this is a story about we were going to move to Florida. Okay. Well, we were , uh, like I said, mom and I met towards the end of my juggle a career with things started to fall apart for the company and, and uh, I was lamenting my future. You , you were also Kinda , you know , lamenting your position at your job too. We were both kind of singing the blues futures and how things were going. And I said, well, let's , let's move on . The Florida last said , I'm not sure doing that unless I'm married or engaged. Yeah . And I said, okay, yes, it was very romantic. I was wearing long Johns and I'm Anna and s and a turtleneck . Oh yeah. But I tell you the next day, man, it was like, did it , did , did, it went out and everybody do about it. You know, mom was, you're in the planning stages before you know it, you know. There we were, we were there . We were 10 year olds with a reserve. You know that quick. You liked to there though . Oh yeah, yeah. But it's like mom and she was engaged in boom, she was off to the races. Google put it all together. Yeah .Speaker 1:
Bamboozled. Maybe, but still the happiest man on the planet who needs Florida. When you have the love of your life to come home to . I asked my parents about their vows and they had the basic, traditional conservative Jewish vows , which include all the classics, like do you promise to love to honor and to cherish your respective partner? These are nice of course, and they actually even hung up the vowels in their house to remind themselves every day of the promises that they may do each other, but they also had some personal vows. They promised each other that they would always be there for one another and no matter the situation, good or bad. In fact, the day after they got back from their honeymoon, Kelly got the news that one of her best friends had suddenly passed . My father was there for keeping his promise right away. Kelly was there too for Mike when he lost his mother to breast cancer through thick and thin. That's what they told me.Speaker 2:
You know, you go through a lot as an adult and having someone there, you know with you really makes things a lot easier.Speaker 1:
34 years have passed since Mike found Kelly in that funnel cake. Stan , three houses, two kids and a dog later, they're as happy as they were the day they met. They act as one and are still finding adventures together. To this day. Talking with my parents really did enlighten me on a few things first and what I think is the most important thing is that you don't know when you're going to find the love of your life. It just happens and it's going to catch you off guard. The other lesson to take away is that love isn't just being head over heels for someone. It's a partnership, a contract between two people agreeing that they will always be there for each other, no matter what life throws at them. The more I think about it, the better I feel about love in general. It's the most wonderful thing in the world and that is why it's so popular. This is the choose love podcast where we chronicle the extraordinary love of regular people just like you and me. Make sure to share the show with your friends and to leave us a review on whatever platform you listen on. Thank you to Kelly and Michael Weisfeld for sharing their story with us and for being the greatest parents in the world. All the music for this episode was provided by Purple planet.com the choose love podcast is brought to you by L and adherence , your digital bridesmaid. I'm Eddie Weisfeld and this is the choose love podcast.