Friday, February 13, 2009

Forty to Fifty



This is a picture from the second-most significant event that happened when I was in my forties – my wedding to Old Dog (then a much younger dog). I met him at a cowboy bar OR we were introduced by mutual friends.

Both of these statements are true. I generally choose which version to tell based on the reaction I’m looking for.

One evening a few months after Divorce #2 was final, mutual friends invited me to come out to a cowboy bar where they went to line dance and two-step. After I’d been there for a half-hour or so, Not-so-Old-Dog came over to our table, and my first thought was, “Ooh. Nice eyes.” My second thought was, “Get me a silver crucifix and a rope of garlic.”

A month or so later, I got a job offer from Up North and moved away. I exchanged a couple of letters with him, but soon had to let him know that I was dating someone up there.

Two years later, I came home for my sister’s wedding and ran into him again. By then I’d broken up with Mr. Right Now and Not-so-old-Dog still had nice eyes. And some other stuff that was looking pretty good, too.

Still, I don’t know if it would have turned into anything except for one thing: the friend who’d introduced us told me that someone had given him a picture taken that first night we’d met. And for the past two years, even after I sent him that “Dear Dog” letter, even while I was dating someone else, he’d carried that picture around his wallet.

He told me later that he’d always figured that when I got married it would be time to take the picture out of his wallet and throw it away.

But he never has.

25 comments:

Chairman Bill said...

It took me two divorces to find Mrs Wright, but then I found Hayley.

Jan said...

Nice story.

K said...

I love the part about the picture in the wallet.

High Desert Diva said...

Awww....

doggybloggy said...

so far so good....

Jill said...

What a romantic! No wonder this one stuck.

What A Card said...

Aw, that is just the sweetest!

buffalodick said...

Romance... been so long, I have no point of reference! All I got was teen age lust- and marriage for 35 years!

Belle said...

I love those boots!

Dedene said...

Oh how romatic, just in time for Valentine's! Great wedding photo. Love the boots.

Chef E said...

When its right its right, and when its good its freaking the best thing ever...I too was fortunate to know after two years what was in front of me...

Comedy Goddess said...

What a beautiful Valentine post!
I'm happy for you.

Lee said...

It's been a great week with lots of great memories brought out. Like the time you made "Old Dog" talk to me on the phone when he'd never met me. Knowing him today I realize how hard this had to have been for him. Happy Birthday. I can tell you from experience it only gets better from now.

christine said...

Very sweeet. Thanks for sharing your decades, I very much enjoyed the synopsises (?) synopsi ... ? synopsess... the posts.

ladyfi said...

A happy ending...

Rachel Cotterill said...

That's so sweet! Happy birthday :)

CDB said...

This is soooo romantic. You're killing the rest of the guys in the crowd. Happy Birthday.

Same cowboy bar as the mechanical bull? Wouldn't THAT be something.

Ronda's Rants said...

Wow...What a sweet story!
I hope you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Oh was a sweet guy! Now is your birthday today? Happy Birthday to you! I liked all your decades this week! :)

Lyndsay said...

What a great story! Sometimes the best things are just meant to be.

perigrin said...

By far Old Dog is my favorite of the three, this only confirms it. Happy Birthday.

Joanna said...

Well that's the biggest AWWW story.

Mammatalk said...

Very, very sweet. Love the picture in the wallet.

anymommy said...

Oh, right in the heart. Perfect.

Louise said...

Lovely story.

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