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  • Writer's pictureNancy Carbonaro

A Love Story: One Date at a Time

It was a very cold, February evening. A crystal clear, blue evening sky, snow piles all around, and a moon that lit up the city streets all by itself. In front of the Common Market, two men in their 40's hustled past the front of the building on the slippery sidewalk. Totally engrossed in their stories, they were taken back at the young woman walking towards them. It was the huge smile that captured their attention, and then, she said "HI!" to them. One of the guys just about buckled at his knees, as that smile and her energy was too much for him. You see, he was from Boston, and in Boston, it's not customary for anyone to say "Hi!" to a stranger on the street! As quickly as this all happened, she disappeared and they continued on their way to the surprise birthday party around the corner.


Little did the men know, that this woman who greeted them on the sidewalk was also coming to the same birthday party. As she walked up the stairs to the party room, they were in shock that they would get to meet her again. Once again, she was shining brightly and captured their attention. A short conversation ensued and then the two men and one woman, went different ways to their assigned seats at the opposite side of the room. The woman was charmed by the two men. They were 'older' than her, and, they seemed to be very kind, playful and attractive. As she sat at her table, she noticed the other eight people were all in couples engrossed in their own conversations. The two men were just on the other side of the room. She kept glancing over to see what was going on at their table. It came to a point, when the only thing for her to do, would be to waltz right on over to the table of 6 men and 1 woman. And so, she did. She stood by the two seated men she met outside, and said, "Can I join you?" This was pretty gutsy (desperate?) for a Minnesotan woman to do. It's not culturally done this way back home, but she had been so drawn, almost pulled, to find out more about these two men. Once seated at the table, the three of them talked and talked, like they had known each other for a lifetime. It became clear that the one she was most interested in was available. His friend on the other hand, was married.


At the end of the evening, after dancing and laughing for hours, they both knew it was time to make a decision, but who was going to say it? It turned out that each of them had ended relationships that left them NEVER wanting to date again! Yet, they had such a great time with each other and they both clearly felt the chemistry between themselves. Luckily, the married friend demanded that his friend get her phone number. As the guests were leaving, he shyly asked her for her number, and boldly, she gave it to him. Then, they both drove off to their own homes and wondered what would happen next.


Going outside of their comfort zone, especially with the two disastrous relationships prior, both agreed to go out for dinner the next weekend. One date, just one date, they each said in their own mind. Let's just see how this one date goes. The dinner at the local Thai restaurant turned out to be a continuation from the birthday party - a lively conversation, smiles, laughs and tender moments. The connection was intense and very appealing. As the evening came to an end, he made the move to kiss her good night and she accepted. The soft, tender kiss, nearly buckled her knees. In that moment, they both knew that there was no going back.


For the next 29 years, Ted and Nancy have been going on "just one more date." They did't know it, but this was the beginning of their Journey Into The Unknown. It's a road that's had its up and downs, twists and turns, darkness and light. And yet, today you will find their love and joy shining brightly for each other and the world. The same Light that was shining so bright on that cold, snowy night on February 12, 1994.


When was a time that you were bold and courageous? How did you feel going outside of your comfort zone? What happened as a result of listening to your heart?



3 Comments


autobodybilly
Mar 23, 2023

True love story...

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autobodybilly
Mar 23, 2023

My sister decided I'd be single long enough. I was 28 years old, owned my house in Westwood, Mass. and worked at my father's auto body shop. Life was good.

I went to my sister's house to help do some carpentry and when I arrived, there was a beautiful young lady waiting to meet me. I was "moon struck". A week later we had our first date. It was love at first sight and I asked her to marry me and she said yes.

A year later we got married.

That was 46 years ago.

Life is better than good.

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Ted Carbonaro
Ted Carbonaro
Mar 26, 2023
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YES!!! It sounds like another fateful love story. The kind we so enjoy hearing about and love to see!

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