2012-11-08 / Lifestyles

Some “How we met” stories

Lois A. Corcoran

I met my future husband at a party hosted by a mutual friend. After we shared small talk, I hated to see him leave with pals who were eager to paint the town red.

“You have fun,” I said pointing to one of his buddies. “And you have fun,” I said to the other before turning my attention to Dan the Man. “And you have fun, but not too much fun.”

Thus goes our “how we met” story, which launched a rather complicated union. (Then again, aren’t they all? I’ve seen Facebook postings go from “in a relationship” to “single” and back again in a matter of minutes...)

Married 60 years, my parents still reminisce about how they met. They became acquainted at Cloverland Business College, which has long since vanished from the scene. Both of them commuted, and one day mom called dad to ask for a ride.

“This is Pat,” she said by way of identification.

“Pat who?” dad asked, trying to play it cool.

“How many Pats do you know??” mom replied.

Obviously, every couple shares a “how we met” story, but some are more amusing than others.

One gal met her husband through an online dating site. A friend of his emailed her, telling her she was the perfect match for his pal. Time proved him right when they tied the knot. Little did she know that he’d contacted dozens of other women on his buddy’s behalf with the same line.

Another fellow took a girl out to eat and left a business card when he paid his bill. Nothing ever came of the date, but the waitress emailed him, and eventually they got hitched.

Sometimes it’s women who fork out money for a good time. One happy union occurred when the gal paid 30 bucks to buy a guy being “auctioned” for charity. It proved to be a wise investment because they’ve been together ever since.

Guys don’t have to be Fred Astaire to attract a girl’s attention. At a wedding reception, one fellow’s unskilled dancing caught the eye of a woman who was “both amused and horrified” by the spectacle. Nevertheless, they got to know each other and danced at their own nuptials a few years later.

Readers are encouraged to share their own “how we met” stories. Please e-mail them to tootsie_ roll@charter.net.

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