A tiny love story

I met my husband on a blind date, having just been dumped by a hunk who drove a sweet, red MG A.  I was bruised and feeling down on myself. I didn’t want to go, but my friend insisted I would like this guy–tall, handsome, considerate. Blah, blah, blah.

So, we met, talked, danced. It was fine.

He called. I was busy. I had to wash my hair. I was working on a paper. I had other plans.

He stopped calling.

Fast forward to a new semester. First day of “The American Short Story,” and who is in my class? Not the playboy hunk, but my blind date. Why hadn’t I noticed his smile before? What was wrong with me, anyway?

I smiled back. He was unmoved. I asked if he wanted to grab a coffee. He was on his way somewhere else. I sat next to him. He ignored me.

He and his roommate turned up at a mixer on the quad. My roommate and I were there also. His roommate asked my roommate for a dance. He and I stood awkwardly barely talking. He did not ask me to dance.

Finally, I took a risk. “Want to dance?”

He turned and took my hand.

On August 20, we will have been married for 54 years.

By the way, the roommates married too.

9 thoughts on “A tiny love story

  1. Oh, the back and forth of courtship, each party reaching out tentatively, hands slapped away, trying again…what a sweet memory! I ended up marrying the military roommate of an ex-boyfriend; we’ll be celebrating 30 years of marriage this December, so your story resonates personally!

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  2. I love the way you told this story. I read it quickly and eagerly to reach the conclusion. It is quite a statement – married 54 years! It is funny and amazing that your roommates married as well. My favorite lines – He called. He stopped calling. He turned and took my hand. The short sentences worked so well in this piece. Joe took your hand and heart, Diane. Sweet, sweet story!

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  3. I love this tiny slice of long-lasting love. It’s just the story we need to hear at present … and oh, those near misses … how differently it might have been! Thank heaven it wasn’t. Congratulations on your lifetime together.

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  4. A lovely story well told. While we know from the beginning that he will become your husband you build the suspense to make us believe that it might have turned out otherwise. Congratulations on 54 years of marriage! That’s impressive!

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