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Monday, October 15, 2007

Fun Monday #37, Three times the Charm

Janet, @ The Planet of Janet is today's Fun Monday host. Thanks Janet for hosting your second week out. You're a gem!
Her choice for today's fun: Describe your meeting with your spouse/significant other. I especially want to hear "meet cute" stories. And it doesn't have to be your actual current sig/other. Perhaps the "meet cute" story is a former boy/girlfriend... or even a best friend. Illustrate with photos, of course.
A few weeks ago I covered the basics in one of those MEME's that play tag around the blogosphere. I've added a few details and a couple of pictures to spice it up. Here goes - - -
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Kari, one of my best friends, was getting married and requested I sing at her wedding. ( We sang together during our high school years.) She also asked another friend to sing at her wedding. (She met him at college.)

I was already married and the mother of a little blond toddler. Kari was marrying “the boy next door.”

Bits and pieces of that weekend are clear to me; the rest is hazy. I vaguely recall the wedding coordinator telling me where to stand. I am sure she also gave instructions to the young man with his guitar. I don’t remember what song I sang. I remember the young man with the guitar played and sang “The Wedding Song.” I thought his glasses were much to dark for his fair hair. (Notice that he and the organist are both smiling. My girdle must have been too tight.)

Fast forward few years and there were drastic changes in my life.I was divorced
One afternoon my mom called me at work to tell me my daughter was very sick. By the time I arrived, her temperature had spiked causing her to experience a seizure. I was so frightened that I called 911.
Two paramedics responded. I was a frantic young mother so my memory of this is also obscure. I remember that I had my little girl in a tepid bath when they arrived.Other than a fever, her vital signs were normal. They encouraged me to take her in and meet the pediatrician at the hospital. I learned that I needed to be proactive when my child had a temperature spike. (It never happened again and all was well.)
At the time, I did not realize this was the second time I crossed paths with the young man with the guitar. He was wearing contacts and a different haircut. I might have recognized him under different circumstances, but I only had eyes for my sick child. (The two most handsome paramedics in the department were at my house that day and I missed it.)


(this is a picture of them about that time in the local newspaper. They were showing off some new equipment.)


Another year went by, and I was dating a fellow. It wasn't a serious relationship. We had some common interests and I was comfortable without commitments. That is why I was surprised when he gave an unforced confession about another woman. I should have been hurt and angry and all those other emotions a jilted woman feels. I wasn’t any of those things.

His confession and my lack of feeling told me our connection was weak. I said, “Hit the road Jack.” He said, “No, I want to marry you.”

That shook me up much more than his first admission. I told him "you aren't the one" and I insisted that "I am too soon divorced." I was not ready to pledge my love again.





That very week my friend Kari was in town for a visit. When she found out that I was no longer seeing “Jack”, she was ecstatic,

“Do you remember the fellow who sang at my wedding?” She was animated.

“He’s been singing with a woman, and now he needs a new singing partner.” Next, as though it was an after thought she offered, “And he is divorced, too.”

I met him that Saturday night for the third time. To make a long story short...yes. That is our wedding picture.

(ps. Yes, he forgave me for giving him a permanent. I don't know what I was thinking




Here I am with one of our eight grandchildren. Doing curly blond penance.

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54 comments:

janet said...

oh pamela, i LOVE your story! and your photos! (and your grandchild!)

stories of coincidence are always my favorite. what i didn't add to my own was the number of times i WOULD have met my future husband before he walked into the bar, including the chorus show i didn't go to cuz my babysitter flaked. ah love!

Willowtree said...

All I can say is that it's lucky you married the guy without the shirt, I think the other one was a 70s porn start.

Joy T. said...

Great story, loved all the pictures. Unlike Willowtree, 'I' wouldn't know anything about porn but that guy with the shirt on definitely looks familiar :o) And you sure don't look old enough to be a grandmother to 8!!

my4kids said...

That is an awesome story to tell! In my opinion like you guys were meant to be together it just took time to show you that.

I'm glad he forgave you for the permanent....

Beccy said...

Loving the story Pam but not so much the perm!

You were obviously meant to be together.

Peter said...

Pamela you are getting careless, photos of you on the blog.... nice ones too.

Sayre said...

I'm sure it was the picture showing off the "new equipment" that caught your eye... not the guitar or the voice!

Loved your story!

ChrisB said...

I'm a great believer in fate so this was meant to be, it's a lovely story.

Hootin'Anni said...

Awesome love story......and yes, I wouldn't mind riding in that 911 vehicle back then myself!!

That was a neat meeting, and fate brought you two together. [PS --love the blond hair...the grandchild is precious.]

her indoors said...

a beautiful story with a lovely ending, i too beleive in fate.
adorable grandchild

AnGlOpHiLe FoOtBaLl FaNaTiC said...

I love how you met multiple times. The perm? That's questionable.

Blue Momma said...

He obviously loved/loves you very much to hand around after that perm! I'm afraid that would have been it for me.

Great story. I'm feeling totally sappy after reading all of these Fun Mondays!

The Ramblin Irishman said...

You are one good looking woman and what a great story to tell your children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and the list goes on.

Debs said...

Awwww That is such a great story!
Another perfect post.
Great photos.

Robinella said...

As usual Pamela, you've told a great tale. Fate, karma, whatever you call it, happened. Lucky you!

Robinella said...

ps does this mean you are feeling better? I hope so.

Alix said...

What a great story I love how your paths kept crossing. Lovely pictures too.

Sandy said...

I am not a huge believer in coincidence. I am, however, a huge believer in God persevering until you finally listen! Good job, ma'am.

SwampAngel65 said...

When people are meant to be together, it happens...eventually! Proves it is indeed a small world. What a wonderful story!!!! I am very happy for you :)

nikki said...

What a lovely story. Obviously you two were destined to be together. Your pictures are wonderful.

dawn said...

That is pretty cool that you saw each other in between and didn't know it. Funny your first impression of him and how things change in time and fashion.

lisa's chaos said...

I love how your paths kept crossing until it was just the right time for you to "hook up"! Eight grandchildren?! Wow, I can't wait 'til I'm there. :)

Karina said...

I love how you had several meetings before even realizing you were meant to be. Fate has a way of working out, doesn't it?

Great story, and your wedding picture is lovely (perm and all). ;-)

Tiggerlane said...

How cool - like destiny and fate, all wrapped together. I love these musician marriages, too - I think they are meant to LAST!

Susie said...

I loved reading your love story as well as seeing pictures from you from "back then" You obviously have made a very happy life together!
xo

Walker said...

PAMELA YOU ARE SO BEAUTIFUL!

And, hubby is handsome as can be.

When are we going to hear an mp3 of you guys singing???

Karmyn R said...

and here I am thinking it was me and my temp spike that brought you together and it was really Keri. Dang.

Melissa said...

Pamela, I love this so much. :) I can't believe how much Karmyn looks like you.

LIBSMOM said...

Lovely tale you weave, Pamela! It's so nice to see more pictures of you too. You are so beautiful!!
I just love when fate steps in, on our behalf and gives us just what we need :)
Looks like he is a lucky, lucky man

Beckie said...

Girdle was too tight...you make me laugh!

Amanda said...

Always loved this story. Thank goodness "Jack" hit the road. You and dad were total hotties. And that's really weird for me to say. I wish I fit into your wedding dress...

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Vicki said...

ahh what a great story!

I sang at my friend Carrie's wedding... hmmmm

btw, I knew already he was cute because you know he's a fireman and all, but hubba hubba! And would ya look at you? So pretty.

susan said...

What a sweet story! I guess the third time really was the charm for you two!

Robin said...

That is a great story. It is obvious you were destined to be together.

Robin

Robin said...

I think it's hilarious they he posed topless for the newspaper just to "show off his new equipment". Hmmm....men! ha!

Sweet story and it's good to know how the phrase "the third time's a charm" originated ;).

I never realized how much you and Karmyn favor, either.

Mert said...

I've always seen the resemblance between you and Karmyn, but in your "blond picture" I can REALLY see it! :D You guys look so happy in your picture, great post!

PAT said...

Great story Pamela!! Enjoyed every bit of it! I remember when guys were getting perms....uuummm...J had one of those, too!;-)

Pat

Serina Hope said...

Great story! I love the opictures. I really like his perm :)

Kaytabug said...

Oh my GOSH! I LOVE LOVE LOVE your story!! I always enjoy your stories and photos! You are BEAUTIFUL!!!
Looks like he was showing off more than new equipment...hunka hunka!

Simply Jenn said...

I love this story Pam. Fate is quite an amazing thing.

Shelby said...

me too!!!! I loved this story!!!!!!!!!!!!1

On The Edge said...

Loved the story...I pics of my husband with the perm that I gave him too. It was the "thing" back then and he was rebeling after having Marine Corp haircuts for four years....

Great storytelling and pictures.

Sirdar said...

Great story. Sometimes fate was just poking you to meet this guy. Three times lucky...for both of you. And obviously, things have turned out pretty well.

theotherbear said...

Love the story. That newspaper clipping is hilarious. Reminds me of an early Baywatch episode. Which, yes, I know, is not about ambulances.

kailani said...

What a great love story. Destiny definitely played a role in the two of you being together!

thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Lovely.

Susie Q said...

I love this story...and it truly is one of the best "meet cute* ones I have ever heard!

Oh and what a hunk your husband is! of course, you are a hottie too ya know!

Thank you for sharing this.

Hugs,
Sue

Christine said...

Your grand-daughter is so precious. She does look alot like you.

Beautiful story, Pamela. Great photos. You two make not only a very cute couple, but a Happy one too. It was definetly destiny that brought you two together.

Junebug said...

Great love story. I posted mine today, a little late I know.

Debbie said...

I LOVE THAT STORY. It had me reading every single word. I love the photo with you wearing the wig and your caption about doing penance. Funny!

mjd said...

I missed reading your Fun Monday post on Monday. I am glad that I returned to read your story. I love the way that you wove this love story with your man coming in and out of your life and at laast came to stay.

I am quite sure that girdles were always too tight.

Kerith Collins said...

I love those kinds of stories...when everything was meant to be and ends up as it was supposed to be!

Lil Mouse (Jill) said...

the little one reminds me of my niece. cute and such big eyes.