Music fans find sweet harmony


Brenda Eidman And Keith Wolfe

March 26, 2000|By Joanne E. Morvay | Joanne E. Morvay,Special to the Sun

As an optician, Brenda Eidman has gazed into a lot of people's eyes, but she never imagined her work would offer a second look at love. Brenda began working at an Overlea optical clinic soon after graduating from Woodlawn High School in 1983. She married at age 23, and her son William was born nearly six years later.

In 1996, tragedy struck. Brenda's husband was killed in a car accident. Brenda was devastated, but she focused on the needs of her son, who was then 3 years old.

Keith Wolfe had been a customer at the optical clinic for five years, and Brenda had waited on him several times. Their conversations were always related to eye exams and contact lenses. Brenda didn't share her personal life with customers, even after her husband died.

In late spring of 1997, Keith came in to be fitted for contacts. As Brenda showed him how to put the lenses in, they began talking and discovered they shared a love of country and western music. They talked about their favorite bands and a recent concert in the area, and Brenda was struck by Keith's easygoing manner.

"He made me feel so comfortable," she remembers.

When Keith came back a few weeks later for a follow-up visit, Brenda wasn't there. But with Brenda's approval, her boss did some checking on her behalf.

Keith was surprised when Brenda's boss asked him if he was seeing anyone. In fact, Keith had pretty much given up on love. Tired of the bar scene, he told friends he was done searching for someone with whom to share his life.

But he was happy to get Brenda's home phone number. He called her and they spoke for two hours.

Then summer rolled around and he started helping a friend run a crab business along with working at his full-time job as a grocery clerk for Giant Foods, a position he's held for 16 years. Keith didn't have much time for a social life, but when he and Brenda got together for their first date, they talked so long that dinner lasted four hours.

In September, Brenda won a contest on a local radio station, a trip for two to Tennessee for dinner and a private concert with the band Lone-star. She asked Keith to go along, and they had a great time visiting the Grand Old Opry and hobnobbing with the band members.

Back at home, Brenda brought Keith into the rest of her life. He and William hit it off right away. Keith's parents and siblings embraced Brenda and her son just as quickly.

By autumn, Keith says he realized that although he hadn't been looking for love, it had found him. He was overwhelmed by the depth of his feelings for Brenda and her son.

"I thought everyone made that kind of love up," he says.

Keith and Brenda bought a home in Parkville in October 1998, around the corner from his mother's house. On New Year's Eve, just before the clock struck midnight, Keith proposed.

Brenda, 34, and Keith, 33, married March 4 at the Middle River Volunteer Ambulance Company hall in Middle River. William, 7, was the ring bearer. The 120 guests included Brenda's parents, Geneva and Milton McBride of Woodlawn, and Keith's parents, Patricia and Lawrence Wolfe of Parkville.

The ceremony and reception had a Western theme, and Brenda and Keith shared their wedding dance to Lonestar's recent hit "Amazed."

Pub Date: 03/26/00

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