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February 2, 2014

Two become one

Bourffs have been married 57 years, but it wasn't love at first sight

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"I didn't have a lot of boys asking me to dance either," Barbara said. "I was too tall and you were too little."

"How the big and the little got together, I don't have a foggy idea," Dan laughed.

During their junior year at Kokomo High School, they decided to change their relationship status to more than just friends. At Autumn Prom, a dance where the girls invited the boys, Barbara decided to ask Dan because she had started to like him.

"A lot of boys made fun of me for being the tallest, and he never did," Barbara said of Dan. "He was always polite and nice to me."

They had a great time at the dance and started dating after that. They went to movies and danced a lot at Kokie's Korner, a hang out spot for high school kids.

The two graduated from high school in 1951, and since they were both college-oriented, they agreed that they would go their separate ways and see other people. Dan was accepted at Indiana University and Barbara at DePauw. They'd visit each other a few times during their freshman year, until Barbara transferred to IU after her first year since she was unhappy at DePauw.

They started dating again, but broke up several times.

"It was just an on-off thing, but we kept coming back together," Barbara said.

The breakups were always mutual. They felt like their relationship wasn't going anywhere because there was no talk of commitment or the future. It just wasn't romantic anymore.

"We'd just been around for a long time," Dan said. "It was just like an old shoe."

They'd date others, but for Barbara, she'd always end up thinking about Dan in the end.

"When I'd get home at night, I'd kind of compare them," she said. "I thought, 'Oh my gosh, what am I doing? Dan's it.' I realized what a jewel Dan was compared to other guys. That time apart made us realize there was more there and we were taking each other for granted."

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