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Courage, Squid and an Uncharacteristic Move

I don’t recall how long I stood there. Too long. Perhaps not long enough. Courage is not something that comes naturally to me, and yet there I was, trying to get up the courage to go inside a restaurant I had never been in, in order to meet a man I had never met. Courage. I had it in there somewhere, I just had to dig a little for it. I just needed enough to open a door…

This is not something I normally would have done, and yet, it was all my doing. I placed the personal ad. I responded to a reply. I agreed to meet a stranger. Me, a quiet, timid loner, was about to go on a blind date. What was I thinking? I would have to worry about that later.

I knew him instantly. He was sitting all alone, not too far from the door. A white shirt, black vest. Handsome. I started walking his direction and he stood up. Tall, confident. He was a perfect gentleman, kind, sweet, funny. As conversations usually do when I am involved, it moved slowly. I never know what to say, but this didn’t seem to bother him one bit. He filled in the gaps with stories and questions.

As the evening went on, I nervously drank white wine and ate calamari. Squid. I ate squid.

That was 13 years ago today.

I am not sure what made him come back, but he did. Over and over. Even when I thought I had scared him away for good, he came back, until nothing seemed more natural than being together. Until neither one of us could remember a time without the other. Until forever couldn’t possibly be long enough.

Our life together has been an amazing adventure, full of ups and downs and sharp right turns. We went from not planning on having kids to having three. We have struggled to find our meaning, our purpose, our direction in life, but the years together have taught us what really matters, how strong our bond is, and how everything does, in fact, happen for a reason. Our thoughts and plans have changed, but our bond never has. Every day brings us closer together, more dedicated. We still have a lot to learn and experience, but we will do it side by side. Together. Always.

A blind date, a little courage, and Rob. For these I will be forever grateful.

We still laugh about the squid…

10 thoughts on “Courage, Squid and an Uncharacteristic Move

  1. I have always loved to hear other peoples love stories and yours is one of my absolute favorites!! Did you ever think that opening that door would be such a turning point in your life?? Simply Fabulous!!

    • Opening a door to something new can be terrifying, but sometimes it turns out to be more than we had ever thought possible. One of the best things I have ever done… No. THE best thing.

  2. I love it Mariah! You made me cry again! And Joni Too! And you don’t even know Joni!!
    Congratulations on making Rob the luckiest guy in the World for the last 13 years!

  3. Yep, I cried too! Squid and mini vans always make me tear up.
    (Only when you write about them though).

    • Well, it’s all Rob’s fault, you know. If he weren’t so incredibly wonderful (and extremely patient with my numerous quirks), none of this would have happened. 🙂

  4. If only I could hug you both..I would! Congratulations to two very lucky people . In those 13 years you have done a lot, experienced a lot and now brokenn all barriers by living a free life.

    you really are wonderful people and I am happy to call you my friends… xxxxxxx Have a great Day

  5. What a great beginning to a wonderful life together! Long before I knew that’s how you met, I had secretly wondered if you had considered personal ads. Guess you did! I’m so happy for you both that it worked out so wonderfully. Happy Day You Met Anniversary!!!!!! 🙂
    P.S. This sounded like the beginning of a great romance novel!!!!! 🙂 Next chapter please. 🙂

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