My parents' lives were shaped and sheltered by the Lutheran church and the intensely ordered culture of the near-north side of St. Louis. We had an understanding, my parents and I, that one could do no more nobly with one's life than to be a pastor.
My father met my mother by means of one of the great pickup lines of their era. After a social at the church, he followed her down St. Louis Avenue along the park to the streetcar stop. When he caught up to her, he said with the savoir-fare of a Lutheran Cary Grant, "Say, do you go to movies during Lent?"
Richard Lischer, Open Secrets