The Story of Us…her story, part 2

As I looked at that email…& I must have read it 20 times, my heart was beating so hard, I could SEE it! Ok, Ok, this is ok, make it early evening, no alcohol, & do not get your hopes up. That’s what I told myself. So we met at one of our old favorites, Gong Ho.

Since am not a “girlie girl,” clothes, hair, make-up, did not even cross my mind. I was going to see Jim, after 5+ years!

Chinese food, tea, that’s safe, right? I confess I got there 1/2 hour early, so I could already be seated when he walked in. And I waited, with tea. And suddenly, there he was, at the door, searching the room. Oh boy! I was in such trouble. I wanted to run to him, but I played safe. We hugged, sat down, & started talking right away. I knew if he mentioned his girlfriend, how happy he was, well, I would have to get up & leave. Run to my car & drive to the farthest corner of the parking lot & have a good cry.

But, what happened was so amazing! He & his girlfriend were having troubles, were planning to separate, & he still had feelings for ME! Even though he was still in Florida, we would stay in touch. As we walked to our cars, Jim reached into his truck & pulled out a scrapbook that I had made of our trip to Miami/Bahamas. I took it, said I would take care of it. We kissed, & it was all I could do to not jump into that truck & go home with him!

So, on February 15, 2009, Jim & I re-connected. In the following 2 years, we emailed & talked on the phone a lot. He sent me a laptop with Skype, & we were able to “see” each other! Then, on April 27, 2011, on Skype,

Jim asked if I would like to come to Florida, to be with him. I stumbled over that, I mean, making a move like that, it was a big decision for me. Then Jim said, “I thought we could get married.” I was speechless. I said, “I didn’t know that was an option.” He said, “Didn’t Carrie say that to Big on Sex & the City?” I asked, “You watch Sex & the City?” (I do have a story about that show, if anyone is interested 😉 I was still speechless, & Jim asked if he needed to get down on his knee? Do I want a ring? No, no. And…YES! I said yes to getting married!


I just know you are all dying to know the SATC story, so here it is: I was watching the show one evening when Jim came home. I flipped the station very quickly on the remote, & Jim, who misses nothing, said, “it’s ok. Watch what you were watching.” I stammered a bit, I was really quite embarrassed to be caught watching a show about sex, specifically about women talking about sex. So, He sat down, bone weary, & said, “really, take it back to what you were watching.” I did, & he sat up, his face melted into a half smile. I watched him carefully, & said “this is what we think about, what we talk about.” All he said was “Ohhhhh…”

To be continued…

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