Hi there! Here is another great story from one of my followers. My feature “Couples” is finally getting quite a bit meat on its bone. Makes me super happy and excited!
Thank you so much, Terri Webster Schrandt, for sharing your story 🙂
“After living in San Diego my whole life, I married young at age 20 to a young man who was from Northern California and ended up moving there. After 17 years we divorced and a few years later I got into another long-term relationship. Some men aren’t the marrying kind, especially in mid-life, so the relationship fizzled out since it was not going to become permanent. So I was single again, now aged 48 and figured I was destined to be alone. I was interested in a couple of men but nothing happened.
At my 30-year high school reunion in San Diego, and I thought I could meet someone who might be single…Geez I sound like a prowler (not cougar…). So yes, I met someone, but…naaaa! I had hoped to see a couple of men there but they did not attend the event.
Soon after the reunion, someone invited me to Facebook, so I joined, and connected with a large group of high school alumni. Fast forward a few months later, I noticed a particular man who happened to be single (and amazingly still looking for his soulmate!). He was always someone I thought highly of in school (handsome, amazing athlete, you know…). BTW, he was still as handsome as ever and had posted pictures of him windsurfing and how he was living in Northern California. Somehow between a friend request and a couple of e-mails back and forth, we started communicating. Every evening for a week, I would open up Facebook hoping for another message, but alas, nothing for several days. So I did what any red blooded, albeit slightly desperate woman would do and e-mailed him my phone number.
Right before Easter, my daughter, who lives in the San Francisco Bay area, had broken her arm, so I had to drive there to help her (had to have surgery, etc). As I was driving down, my phone rang and I saw a number I did not recognize. I answered and it was HIM!! His first question was “How are you,” and his second question was, “How is your daughter?” Wow, handsome AND caring!! He had seen my post. So we yacked for 90 minutes as if we had just spoken the day before. We had not seen each other since 1998 at our 20-year reunion. We obviously hit it off and he liked talking on the phone (unusual for most men). He had just gotten back into town and of course I was two hours away helping my daughter; oh the irony!
In between surgery and doctors’ visits with my daughter, we talked on the phone over a four day period. We made a date for a few days later. Our first date was dinner at Olive Garden. He was staying with a friend in town (he had no internet where he lived) and was able to get back in touch with me. When I pulled in to the apartment complex where he was staying with his friend, as I got out of the car and walked up to him, he put his big arms around me and flat out just picked me up (I’m not a small gal—5’8’’). In person, his sparkly green eyes and incredible personality was enough to make me swoon (hmm, maybe I should write romance novels…)
Of course dinner went great and we went back to his friend’s place and chatted. Of course they showed me these windsurfing movies and I could see how passionate they were about this sport. So (being a pretty good swimmer and water enthusiast), I looked him in the eye and said, “That looks like fun, maybe you can teach me how to windsurf.” I’m pretty sure it was his turn to swoon! Four and a half years later, we tied the knot at a small church wedding and we are still newlyweds in our mid-50s. I told him just today that I smile every time I think to myself “I’m married and I have a husband.” I consider myself blessed and lucky and I thank God every day for bringing him into my life!”