For 35 years, Brad and Susan Wall have been partners. Susan Wall and Brad omit caption
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For 35 years, Brad and Susan Wall have been partners.
Susan and Brad Wall A banana split from Dairy Queen is like a time machine to Brad and Susan Wall.
Susan, an event manager in Toronto, told NPR, “No matter how much we’ve changed and matured over the years, this brings back that fresh puppy love we had way back when.”
It all began on August 21, 1987, in Ottawa, the nation’s capital. While going to a concert at the yearly Central Canada Exhibition, Brad, who was 19 years old, and Susan, who was 20 years old, found themselves in the same friend group.
Brad noticed Susan’s cheerful demeanor right once, and she was captivated by his love for the sound and lighting system used for the show. (He would eventually train as an AV technician.)
At the end of the evening, Susan ordered a banana split for the table to share at Dairy Queen with Brad and their pals. Only Brad decided to accept her invitation.
Brad and Susan didn’t want the gesture to be romantic at the time. However, by the following year, they had started dating and shared a split to commemorate the first night they had ever met. Even then, the two had no idea how significant the custom would end up being.
At a summer concert in Ottawa, Canada, Brad and Susan first met while still in college. Susan Wall and Brad omit caption
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and Brad Wall At a summer concert in Ottawa, Canada, Brad and Susan first met while still in college.
Susan and Brad Wall Later, the two were married, moved to Toronto, and kept up their custom. The two went to Dairy Queens in their respective locations and had a dessert while on the phone when Brad was in Montreal for business. Another year, when Brad had to travel to Dubai for work, Susan went to Dairy Queen by herself and ordered one bite, saving the rest for when he got home a few days later. In the first year of the epidemic, the two also placed a takeout order for a banana split.
We can’t imagine skipping it because it’s such a beloved activity, Susan added.
In a statement to NPR, Dairy Queen on behalf of itself sent its congratulations to the couple. Maria Hokanson, Executive Vice President for Marketing in the United States and Canada, exclaimed, “We knew our DQ Banana Split is amazing and now we see that it’s one of the secrets to lasting love!”
Brad and Susan do not view themselves as habitual people. They cannot think of another tradition they take seriously or continuously besides this one. All of which is to suggest that they continue to do so, but not just out of habit.
The two are transported back to the evening they first met while seated across from one another, hunching over with two plastic spoons buried in vanilla ice cream.
Susan remarked, “It still feels the same. It’s a new love, after all.
For Brad, their annual tradition gives them a chance to revisit their fondest moments while putting aside the chores and stress of the day. He added that he appreciates witnessing his wife’s enthusiasm each August.
When it’s time for the banana split, we put everything else aside and focus on what’s important, according to Brad.