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For today’s tale I’d like you to consider the concept of “soul mate” – it could be yours or your character’s if you decide to write a fiction: it might be a partner, spouse or a friend.
It can be that person who calls you when you’re thinking of them, or someone you haven’t seen in years but when you meet, it feels like no time has passed at all…
How did you meet? What made you realize they were someone who would become a significant person in your life? Was it love/friendship at first sight? Not? What made things change?
To give you an example, the first words my husband and I exchanged were “You had a chance until you opened your mouth” followed by “You’re a jerk. Do I really have to work with you?” Yep, yep. We’ve been married 11 years. Together for almost 15… So yeah.
I’ve written about soul mates here and here so to write about how Hubby and I met is not news for most of my readers.
We met through an ad in the local paper, and arranged to meet on May 10th 1989 at a pub within walking distance of where I was living with my brother. My logic was if we didn’t like each other, I could walk home, or catch the bus as there was a bus stop right outside the door.
I was a smoker then and had two before deciding to go in. He was coming out, though I didn’t realise it was him until he headed for the car as he’d given me the registration number. My opening line was
‘So that heap’s yours, is it?’
Beats ‘Do you come here often’ I guess.
We both went inside and he listened to me yak……. and yak………… and yak. I tend to do that when I’m nervous.
Anyway, we seemed to hit it off (well, he wanted to see me again), so I invited him to help celebrate my birthday 2 days later.
He drove me home, opening the car door for me, which was a first, so I was rather pleased.
He turned up on my birthday with a pack of 3 Ferrero Rocher as he knew I was trying to lose weight, and a lovely card. More brownie points haha!!
We had nothing in common apart from cynicism as we were both coming out of bad relationships, but the key was all we wanted was company. Everything else just happened
and we still don’t know when we became a couple who couldn’t imagine our lives without the other in it. There is no Him or Me, just ‘Us’.
Hubby says that ad was the best tenner he ever spent. For me, it was the best stamp I ever bought. We’ve had our ups and downs like everyone else, but we get through it together, and here we are over 32 years later, married for 30 of those, and he can still surprise me.