Our Story – Introductions
Doug and I recently celebrated our 8 year wedding anniversary and soon our 10 years together anniversary! (yes, we totally still celebrate boyfriend/girlfriend dates- because more anniversaries = more dessert!!)
So lucky we are and so many memories we’ve shared if feels like we’ve been in love and married for a lifetime, not just 8 years. Thinking back, it always amazes me how so many little things had to align in order for us to cross each other’s path at the perfect time. So I thought a great way to celebrate would be to relive our beginnings and tell you a little more on how we became “us”!
Everyone has a story. This is ours…
Missed the first part? Catch up here:
I always wonder what it would be like to go back in time and be a fly on the wall the moment someone meets the love of their life for the very first time. What did those two people do? Did their eyes tell on them? Was there a sliver of recognition that this is the person they would marry one day?
A: As he stood there waiting to shake my hand, time stopped for a split second and I still remember thinking …I know him from somewhere. I introduced myself as the new hire who would be replacing the tech who was leaving and I saw a change in his smiling face as he said it was him- he was the one who would be leaving and moving to North Carolina. This is what’s always so weird to me…a guy, some random guy I just met 60 seconds ago tells me he was leaving town soon and I was a little….sad.
We chatted about the department, how the hospital runs and where I should clock in. We kept the conversation professional and courteous…until I left that is. I started to leave and said ” Too bad you are leaving!! I think you and I would’ve been great friends!” oh Ailyn…Realizing how that may have sounded and turning 50 shades of red…I left for the day.
Since Doug was training me to take over his position at work, we spent a lot of time together during the following weeks. We talked about everything …I told him about my recent break up and how I was planning on going to Europe soon for a vacation (part of the fresh start plan) and he told me about all the different adventures he had in the many different places he lived. Mostly we laughed a lot and really started to know each other as friends.
One evening, as my shift was ending and I was clocking out, one of my co-workers called me back saying there was a doctor on the line who wanted to speak to me and I nervously thought…Oh no! What did I mess up!…I better take this call…
D: What a beautiful smile I thought, as I reached my hand towards hers and introduced myself. She returned the favor and announced that she was hired to replace a departing employee and I sighed a bit thinking….Of course you are! I mean, I’ve only worked here for 6 long years and now that I’m leaving, you and your pretty eyes show up. Instead of saying that though, I played it cool, flashed a grin (I was pretty smooth back in the day…haha), and walked her around the department, trying to keep the conversation going.
When she began to gather her stuff and walk toward the door, saying goodbye to the other employees in the room and to me, she suddenly got all shy. I don’t remember her saying anything embarrassing, I just I remember thinking how I was actually excited for my next shift.
We spent a great deal of time together over the next few weeks as I brought her up to speed on all the inner workings of the job. Conversation quickly turned away from work however, as there was an inexplicable comfort that had developed between us already. We spoke of our pasts, our wild adventures (OK – my wild adventures) and laughed a lot during these times. I even asked her to come join me and some friends for drinks once, but she declined (smoothness, don’t fail me now!)
I decided to give it a go a few days later again and called work disguising my voice as a physician to avoid being recognized by other employees and kept my fingers crossed that she was still there. There was a long hold, some nice elevator music and then an even nicer voice on the other end. I smiled, told her I wasn’t a doctor…took in a deep breath and asked her to let me take her out the following day…..but all I heard was silence.
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