Jill Weatherholt

Writing Stories of Love, Faith and Happy Endings While Enjoying the Journey

Nice to Meet You

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I always love to hear stories of how couples met. My good friend met her husband years ago through a personal ad in the newspaper. This was long before Match.com or other dating websites. They’ve been together for over twenty years.

My parents met while on a double date. My father was actually my mother’s friend’s date. When my mother tells the story, my father was driving and as she and her date sat in the backseat, my father kept giving her the “eye” in his rear view mirror. Of course my father’s story is different, she was eyeing him.

Derek and I worked in the same building for over three years before we met. He was one floor above, working as a loan officer. I was below, working for a law firm. We never met. I always took the stairs and he rode the elevator, so there was never an opportunity for a chance encounter.

One night, my girlfriend and I went out to a local bar to listen to some music. When I spied Derek walking by I mentioned to my friend that he looked like my high school crush. Sometime later, Derek approached me and we talked until the bar closed. He asked for my phone number and as they say, the rest is history.

Meeting in a bar doesn’t make for the greatest, “How we met story.” I do think it’s interesting that Derek worked one floor above me for three years without us ever meeting until that night.

I would love to hear your, “How we met story.” Let’s share how we met our husbands, wives, partners, significant others, best friend, etc.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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Author: Jill Weatherholt

My name is Jill Weatherholt and I’m a writer. I have a full-time job, but at night and on the weekend, I pursue my passion, writing. I write modern stories about love, friendship and forgiveness. I started this blog as a way to share my journey toward publication and to create a community for other new writers. Raised in the Washington, DC area, I’ve lived in Charlotte, North Carolina since 2004. I hold a degree in Psychology from George Mason University and a Certification in Paralegal Studies from Duke University. My first book, SECOND CHANCE ROMANCE, published by Harlequin Love Inspired released on February 21, 2017 and is available on Amazon and Barnes and Noble.com. I was the first place winner in the Dream Quest One Short Story Contest in the Winter 2014-2015 competition. In 2014, I placed second in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest. I was also a top ten finalist in Southern Writers Magazine Short Story Contest in 2012 and 2013. I’m a 2010 and 2012 winner of the NaNoWriMo Contest. I love to connect readers, visit me at jillweatherholt.com

108 thoughts on “Nice to Meet You

  1. All three of your stories are great. Funny that you met Derek in a bar when you worked in the same building but that’s how Fate works, right? Happens when it happens and not a minute sooner. Bill and I met on Match almost 4 1/2 years ago. Our coffee date lasted right through dinner and we have been together ever since. Happy Valentine’s Day to your friends who met through personal ad, your parents, and you and Derek! 🙂

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    • Hi Geralyn! It is funny how fate works sometimes. What a great story…a coffee date lasting through dinner. You two should be in the commercial. 🙂 Thank you! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Bill and your lovely sister and cousins. 🙂

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  2. I love stories like yours, Jill! Three years in the same building and never meeting, then a chance meeting at a bar. And he looks like someone you knew! Kismet.

    My story: Greg and I worked for the same firm, he as an engineer, me as a word processing operator (yup, back before personal computers). The first time we saw each other, we were both involved with other people. Then our company moved location to another town where there was a public pool nearby. A bunch of us started going there during lunch. By then we had both “become” single. One day at the pool Greg and I started talking. He was/is quite a handsome dude … I had a hard time keeping eye contact as my eyes kept drifting to his chest 😉 Eventually, we started to date. Then his old girlfriend decided she wanted him back so things got weird. Did I mention that she also worked at the same place? In fact, during this time she was transferred to my office! Talk about awkward. So Greg stopped dating me because he was back with her. Oh, and did I tell you that on our first date, he told me he had applied to join the Peace Corps? Yeah, I know how to pick ’em.

    Anyway, I didn’t give up on him and eventually we started dating again, kinda, sorta behind his old girlfriend’s back. I don’t feel guilty about it because she was totally stringing him alone. She had originally left him for another guy, blah, blah. Finally she moved out of state (good riddance!) and Greg and I had a proper dating relationship for the next few months.

    Then it came time for him to leave. Remember this post on my blog: http://1writeway.com/2014/08/13/love-letter-to-a-young-man-in-a-foreign-land-short-memoir/ ? Yes, it’s mostly true.

    Greg went to Ecuador for two years. We wrote and sent each other stuff (I sent him mostly newspaper clippings, magazines, music). Toward the end of his tour, he invited me to visit. He had invited the old girlfriend but she declined. I didn’t. I spent 3.5 weeks with him. It was a very emotional trip as I did love him but he didn’t love me … yet. He insists now that he fell in love with me when I followed him up a very steep mountainside climb. That hike earned me the title of “Superior Woman.”

    When he came back to the states, he first hung around Miami since that’s where his family was. Then he rode his motorcycle cross-country back to CA and me. He arrived a few days before my birthday. That was in June 1986. We’ve been together every day ever since. Happy Ending.

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    • I love your story, Marie. Thank you so much for sharing it with us. This is the stuff that inspires romance novels. The love triangle always provides more conflict. 🙂
      I certainly remember the story of Greg leaving. This is such a great story and a happy ending…it’s what everyone hopes for.
      “Superior Woman”…you’ve definitely earned the title in my book too. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Greg!

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  3. What a lovely little story. The RS and I met online through Great Expectations. It was expensive so we both knew the folk would either be serious or desperate. We just had to weed out the desperate ones. We met for coffee in a quaint little shop. I fell for his broad shoulders and he fell for my “come fuck me” shoes. We talked for three hours, then I found out he was “separated” and not “never married” as his profile had said. I was devastated, but had a rule about not dating married men. I was upset that he had been dishonest. He assured me he had not been dishonest and there must have been a mistake, I went home and thought about it, called the dating service and was told that he had indeed been honest, but they had erroneously entered “never married” into his profile when they changed web sites. I called him and gave him another chance. We dated for two years and have been married for six and a half. 🙂 Wouldn’t trade him for the world:) He makes me laugh every day and is the kindest, most supportive man you would ever wish to meet. 🙂

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  4. Love these stories, Jill! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Derek! I always love “meeting cute” stories.

    When I read your parents’ story, I thought about one of my brothers. He met a woman at a club and asked her to dance. But then he learned that her younger sister was at the same club. The younger sister wasn’t that interested in him, but he thought she was cute. He persisted in getting to know her, though she was dating someone else at the time. Well, persistence paid off. They later married!

    skinicholls: Those must have been some shoes!

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  5. During college, we worked at the same hardware store and had lunch together every day for two summers before we went on our first “real date.”

    So cool that Derek worked a stone’s throw away. Little decisions like whether to take the stairs or elevator can impact our lives in unseen ways.

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    • Great story, Nancy. I love that you both got to know each other for a couple of years before your first “real date.” I wonder if either of you dated other people during that time and shared bad date stories.
      Funny thing, when my coworker met Derek at the first office Christmas party I invited him to, she said, “Oh he’s the nice guy who always held the elevator for me. He was always so polite, I hoped he had a nice girl.” Ha ha!
      Thanks for sharing your story! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  6. Fun stories. Rick and I met after Christmas at my parent’s house. My younger sister had invited an ole friend from high school who brought his older friend Rick along with him. We played cards and watched TV that night. Since I was visiting over the holidays…we met there…but it was six months later before he followed up. What took so long? He had my phone number wrong and it took a while to get it straight.

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    • Great story, Georgette! I thought maybe it took Rick six months to get up the nerve to call you. 🙂 I’m so happy your younger sister made the decision to invite an old friend over during the holidays. Thanks for sharing your story. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Rick!

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  7. Love the conflicting versions of your parents story. 🙂 Hubby and I met at a Guy Fawkes dance at my college. He and his friend were at the university down the road, and had decided to see what ‘talent’ they could find at the teachers college dance. He asked me to dance as soon as I walked through the door, and the rest, as they say, is history. 🙂

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  8. I knew my husband for a long time before we got together. We worked for the same company but were married to other people. After we divorced he dated a friend of mine for a while. I moved out of state. Friend broke up with him and married someone else. When I moved back to my home town, he called. We were friends for close to a year before it because a more romantic relationship. It’s been 20 years now so it worked!

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    • Great story, Kate! I always love the stories of people who knew each other, but were with other people and then circumstances change and they’re together. From what I know of him, he’s a great guy! Thanks for sharing your story. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

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  9. Wonderful stories! Bill and I met at work in sunny Florida. He constructed screen patios around swimming pools and I was an office “go-fer.” I was 17. He was 21. We were at the same company, went to the beach on our first date and dated for 3 more years before getting hitched. I think it must have worked too because we are both retired now and still married to each other. 🙂

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  10. Szczęśliwych Walentynek

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  11. Funny you never met Derek with you both working in the same building. You two were meant to be!

    CH and I meant our junior year in college. He kept showing up every place I was with a gal I went to junior college with, I thought they were dating. I was sitting in the library waiting for my gal pal to get off work and he came by and kicked the bottom of my boot and asked if I would like to go out that night. I asked if there would be good FOOD and said sure. He was a terrible first date, it was cold, windy, and snowing and he didn’t open my car door. I didn’t like him from the beginning… I was dating a cool older guy that drove a Corvette. Hey, I hadn’t grown up yet and I love cars 😉 CH kept hanging around and I got to know him better, he turned out to be a sweet, considerate guy… 42 years later we are still together 🙂 And he opens my car door and I occasionally open the car door for him!

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    • Oh, Pix, this is such a great story! I could picture him kicking your boot and you being mad that he didn’t open your car door. What great fodder this is! 🙂 I’m happy CH kept hanging around until you got over the cool guy with the cool car phase. I’m sure you’re an awesome couple! Thank you for sharing this wonderful story. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

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  12. I love reading love stories about how people meet. I don’t have any of those. My son said my problem was that I just never went far enough to find a good guy. Mine both came from across the street. Rode the high school bus and lived across the street from my kids dad. We made it 18 years before the kids asked me to call it quits. The second husband lived across the street and we were both struggling single parents who needed each other. Made it 24 before saving myself. I’m still open at 66 to all possibilities, but always call husband #2 my last husband rather than ex. 🙂

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    • I love these stories too, Marlene. That’s so interesting that you dated and married people who lived across the street. I remember reading about your last husband…I like that better then “ex” too. I’m happy you’re still open to possibilities. I think there are many adventures in your future. 🙂 Thanks for sharing your stories!

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  13. That’s a great story, Jill. I did meet my wife through one of the first online dating sites (this was back in the early 2000s, so I’ve already forgotten what it was called..). I guess you could call us pioneers! Other than that, I can’t say there was anything unique about it, like meeting with different climbing teams at the top of Mt. Everest, but I suppose it’s more about the result than the process. 😉

    Have a great Valentine’s Weekend with the love of your life, Jill!

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    • Yes, Phillip, you were pioneers, like my friend. No, you and your wife didn’t meet climbing Mt. Everest, but look at the result of your meeting…marriage and…ANGUS! It doesn’t get much better. 🙂
      Thanks for sharing your story. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

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  14. It IS strange to think you worked so close to your husband and yet never knew him. Life is weird. I met my husband at work. During college, I was a waitress in a restaurant his dad owned at the time. My hubs would fill in and work various jobs, doing whatever was needed (making pizzas, delivering pizzas, managing, etc.) Guess he liked the way I served. 😉

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  15. Great post. 🙂 M and I met at a very mediocre Italian restaurant after being introduced online. We got married a year and a half later. 💕

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  16. I love stories like that when two people are supposed to meet (work or live in close proximity) and yet they don’t and finally meet in another place! Here’s my how we met story I posted about five years ago. https://suzicate.wordpress.com/2010/03/23/how-it-all-began/

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    • Hi Suzi! It was odd that we never met during those three years. Thanks for sharing your story! I loved reading about you and Dirt Man…great story! I’m sure there’s a post somewhere that explains the nickname, Dirt Man. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day!

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      • Ha, yes there is! People usually think it’s because he’s a civil engineer who works in site development; well it is, sort of. Our oldest child wrote a poem for school when he was in elementary school about his dad being the dirtiest man in the world because his dad would come home filthy on some days when he was on job sites. We’ve gotten a laugh out of it for years.

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      • That’s a great story, Suzi. I hope you still have the poem. 🙂

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  17. Meeting at a bar is still a great story. I only know one other who met her significant other at a bar and had it work. I met my bf through Judo. I like to tell the story about how he dislocated my shoulder at practice, but really we knew each other somewhat before then (also, the shoulder injury was totally not his fault, and completely my own creepy body’s fault). But apparently he had had a crush on me for awhile before we started dating, and now we’ve been together for almost 6 years, with a beautiful little girl born on our 5 year anniversary. 🙂

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    • What a great story! I’m sure the Judo story raises some eyebrows. Ah…a secret crush…love that!
      I hope the dislocated shoulder isn’t still an issue. That sounds painful. Gosh, I can’t believe your little girl is almost a year old. Thanks so much for sharing your story. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  18. How couples met is always a fascinating topic. I haven’t had much experience going to bars, so I still find it interesting how that works.

    When people ask me how I met my husband, they always seem to want to know how we ended up in the same place. That’s such a long story that I devoted two posts to it. The first: http://nickichenwrites.com/wordpress/china/how-i-met-my-chinese-husband-part-1/ And the second: http://nickichenwrites.com/wordpress/china/how-i-met-my-husband-part-2/

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  19. Blame it on the Bosanova…

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  20. Oh I just love this post Jill, all three stories are wonderful, but I especially love the way your dad and mum were obviously eyeing one another up in the back of the car and then, how incredible that you and DFD worked so close yet so far for three years!! And then to find one another in a bar like that. It was so obviously meant to be, love it!! I met hubby online…something I thought I would never do but it worked for us! Have a great weekend and a Happy Valentine’s Day to you too 🙂 xoxo

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    • Thanks, Sherri! I love to hear my dad’s version…he’s so funny. 🙂 Wow, another online meeting…I had no idea, Sherri. It’s amazing the number of online meetings. I think it’s great! He definitely hit the jackpot when he clicked on your link! 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day to you both! Enjoy the weekend. xoxo

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      • Thanks Jill…it was a lovely weekend and hope for you too! Haha… I often tease hubby that sometimes he must wish he was back to his quiet, peaceful days of sitting in his green armchair, eating fish &chips and watching Gardener’s World 😀 Thankfully, he denies it!!! xoxo

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      • No way would he trade that green armchair and fish and chips for you, Sherri! 🙂

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  21. Nice stories. Nothing wrong with a bar. if you need a better story here’s some fiction. Derek and I were stationed in Afganistan. He was CIA and I a contractor to the government. Our duties wouldn’t have allowed us to meet except by chance. He was busy finding the bad guys and I was busy helping the afghans learn to shoot. One night while supporting an anti-terrorist mission I happen to jump into a trench to avoid some incoming ordinance. This handsome guy who reminded me of a high school crush was just reloading his automatic. Since enemy fire continued to rage over the trench we started talking and before we knew it the hostilities were over and he asked if he could see me to my tent. We shared a humvee back to camp and the rest is history.

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  22. I met my first real love long before we ever became an item. I used to babysit his children when I was in my mid-teens. I always had a crush on him and the attraction only grew the older I got. He would flirt with me when I was older as well. And then he got divorced….for reasons other than me. He and I got together 6 months later and had a wonderful three and a half years together. After a while, his attention for me waned and I felt like nothing more than the babysitter again. But when it was good, it was really good.

    Have a great weekend, Jill. 🙂

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  23. Enjoyed reading how you met Derek… Julie Anne and I met in the work place (selling advertising) – the luckiest day of my life! HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY TO YOU AND DEREK! Julie Anne and I are enjoying SEES candy this Valentine week—hmm, so good!

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  24. Jim and I were separated by one other office for an entire year before we worked together…then went out…and the rest is history.
    I, too, love stories of how couples met, Jill. But even better are the stories after many years, the ones that begin with a difficult time and then end up with triumph as they pull through it together.

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    • Wow…only walls kept you separated…that’s a great story, Marylin. I bet your mother loved Jim when she met him. 🙂
      I agree, the stories with a lot of struggle, but then triumph, are always the best…in real life and in fiction writing. Happy Valentine’s Day to you and Jim!

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  25. Fate and destiny for you and Derek, Jill😄 I bet that Derek is forever grateful that he went to that bar😄 Sweet stories! A very happy Valentine’s to both of you. Have a fabulous weekend!

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  26. This is an invitation to a blog post LOL!

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  27. wow – nice to meet you too! what a wonderful story and deep reflection!

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  28. I love these stories too, Jill. I posted my meeting in a chat room story last year. Won’t bore you with it again. I’ll just wish you a very Happy Valentine’s Day! ❤

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  29. My husband and I met when we were in our 40s. We met through a dating service. At that time in the dating industry, there was no such thing as online dating. The service we used was more hands on … not in THAT way! I dated several guys before meeting him but my hubby was – and still is – the best in the bunch.

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  30. Jill … Your meeting was kismet. I’m glad you finally met and fell in love. My husband and I were friends long before we began dating. I’d been married before and had two daughters. We celebrated 30 years of marriage last year. He’s been a very supportive and loving presence in all of our lives. ❤

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  31. Jill loved reading how you met your love. Mine was a set up…yes a blind date and everything just went smooth and he spoiled me often with red roses to my office on fridays and love letters because we lived two hours away from each other. Ah the memories.

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  32. I’ll bet you were both surprised when you found out you worked in the same building!

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  33. We met at a sixth form dance Jill, so you can see, we’ve been together since prehistoric time. We have never actually celebrated Valentine’s Day, or ever became formally engaged but have been married for thirty five years. He says he’d do less time for murder. It’s the humour that keeps us going…

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    • What a great story, Jenny! I think your husband might be right about murder sentence. It sounds like he’s got a great sense of humor like his wife. Thanks for sharing your story and congratulations on thirty five years of marriage. That’s quite an accomplishment these days.

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  34. That really is so strange that you were meant to be, but never even met while at work.

    My husband, Gary and I met at a bar, too. I have a funny story about it. I hope you don’t mind if I tell it here. I was with my bff who wore tight sweaters in order to get the attention of the boys … if you know what I mean. She had plenty to to wrap those sweaters around. Gary’s friend caught sight of her “tight sweater” and wanted to meet her. We hadn’t even noticed them until they came up and offered to buy us a drink. And, you know what they say from there ….

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  35. I stood on my balcony, looked down at the lawn and there was a man sitting there. The sun broke through the clouds and shined down on him as if to say, “This is the one you’ve been waiting for.”

    And I didn’t even believe in love at first sight. ❤

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  36. We were teenagers and both worked at the same fine-dining restaurant. I was a busgirl. He was a cook. I was the best fed busgirl in town! We were married 11 months later. And now, having beaten the odds with regard to being married so young, and in spite of us both following different career paths, I am one of the best-fed wives in OK!

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  37. My best friend and I were college friends who met because we lived on the same floor and my roommate and I locked ourselves out of our room. We had a few classes together. We graduated side by side and went on to work together in NYC. Funny how we kept getting tossed together by the universe.

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  38. How funny of your dad to say that your mom was eying him! So typical of dads. Hee,hee. How curious that you and Derek never met in the building. It was obviously meant to happen only at a bar – which is still pretty neat!

    Mr. B and I went to the same high school except that he is a year older. He dated one of my best friends and I went out with one of his best friends. After we graduated from hs, we were still friends and he came over my house to “comfort” me after my then boyfriend had cheated on me! He comforted me alright! LOL. 🙂

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  39. Wish I had time to read all the stories! 🙂 Fate, in your case, Jill- you two were just meant to be.
    Michael and I had gone to a dance with two people who obviously fancied each other and have now been happily married for 30+ years. At some point in the evening everyone was on the dance floor except us two, looking across the room at each other. He sidled reluctantly across and asked if I wanted to dance. He’s still around 🙂

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  40. That’s a neat story, Jill. George and I met when we had both gone back to college in our 30’s. We were acquaintances for over a year or so before we kept bumping into each other one semester and he asked me out for coffee on our last finals night when we ran into each other during a class break. We talked at that restaurant for hours, and as you say, the rest is history! 🙂

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  41. I enjoyed so many of the wonderful love stories in your comments section. Your Dad and Mom checking each other out was so sweet, as well as how exciting it was to meet Derek. Now, I can picture you both better, from the very beginning. I think it was destiny, fate, kisment or karma that you met someone from such a close proximity, Jill!
    I have written my parents, grandparents and many other love stories, so I will just say my favorite one is how I met my girlfriend’s future husband in a video store. I was engaged, I had to make three phone calls to find out his name, I gave her the tools to be connected and they have been married since 1984! We were two single ladies when we met each other in 1982. Then I married and it didn’t work out (13 years though) and hers lasted. It is funny how things happen like this. Loved all the conversation and now, I feel like I know everyone so much better!

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    • Thanks for sharing your matchmaker love story, Robin. Nice work! I’ve played matchmaker a couple times, one worked out and unfortunately the other didn’t. I’m happy to hear your girlfriend and her husband are still going strong.
      I also enjoyed reading everyone’s stories. I love learning more about my WP friends.

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  42. lovely post Jill 🙂 I too ADORE listening to stories of how people met. My hubby worked in the office building across from ours and would eat at our canteen every day. I also ate at our canteen every day and we never got to ‘bump’ into each other. Then one day my sister introduced me to her new boyfriend and he in turn, introduced me to his brother and the rest is history 😀 To this day we marvel at how our paths were meant to cross one way or another.

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  43. Like your friend, I too met my husband through a newspaper ad. This was 12 years ago.

    Thanks for this heartwarming post. It’s fascinating how we meet the one we are meant to be with!

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  44. My ‘meet up’ story with my guy is WAY too long, but talking about bars… Our daughter didn’t date much. Beautiful but shy, the opposite of flirty, and very serious, she just didn’t meet anyone she liked (nor liked her, she claimed). Finally when she was 26 and still not dating, I exclaimed in exasperation, ‘will you please just go to a bar, drink, and meet a guy?’ That weekend she moved in with a new roomie – a rather wild woman compared to my tame daughter – they went to a bar, and my daughter met a man. The rest is history (and a 7 year anniversary with 3 little ones!!!). 🙂

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