Nice idea for a thread. I'm embarrassed to quote myself but I'll ask Mrs Ho Ho.
OK - I'm embarrassed, but not as much as if I hadn't asked Mrs Ho Ho first. We were driving home last night into a dusky western sky. The two-day old crescent moon was hanging over the horizon, illuminated by the sun while the balance of the moon was visible by reflected earthlight. Astronomers sometimes call this apparition-like effect "The old moon in the new moon's arms."
Twenty seven years ago, when Mrs Ho Ho agreed to marry me, I was just over 50 y.o. and she was just over 30. I described us then as "The old moon in the young moon's arms". Many years later, that is still true and that phrase is engraved in our hearts.
There are so many other phrases that we remember but I promise not to post here again until someone else does.
There are so many more
This is very silly, but while we were out eating at a coffee shop I was having a muffin. He told me he was jealous of the crumbs that fell into my bra. Strange comment, but it made me smile.
... He told me he was jealous of the crumbs that fell into my bra...
... I said "Look up." And she did -- and saw, in yard-high letters, "Happy anniversary, Jeanette. I love you more than ever."
My wife and had both been previously married, and we met on thr rebound. I immediately knew I had picked a winner, and it wasn't very long before I proposed, but she was still pretty bruised (figuratively speaking, thank goodness!). Her ex had apparently lost interest in her and cheated at will, and she was afraid I'd do the same. Even after we were married, she frequently asked, "Do you still love me?" A couple of weeks before our thirteenth anniversary, I spotted a billboard on the main drag that had been blank for several weeks. I called the company and asked if I could rent it. I could. OUr anniversary fell on a weekday that year, and my wife came home from work tired and reluctant to move. I finally cajoled her into going out "to see your anniversary present." She asked why I just didn't go get it, and all I could think to say was "You'll see." We drove into a parking lot just in front of the billboard, and I helped her out of the car. "So where is this present?" she asked. I said "Look up." And she did -- and saw, in yard-high letters, "Happy anniversary, Jeanette. I love you more than ever." I had only rented the space for a month, but the billboard company kept it up for three, and every day on her way to work, my wife made a detour to look at her billboard. That was twenty years ago, and she hasn't asked since if I still love her*.
*Just for the record, I do.
These are so great!
"I always thought you were pretty."
(I had no idea!)
We hadn't seen each other or had any contact whatsoever in over 14 years with the exception of him having seen me out in public and from a short distance early last summer. I didn't see him then, though. I've thought about him from time to time over the years, and even often the past four years. Three summers ago I drove by where he lived a couple times, but there was no trace of him living there anymore. I've tried to find him online a few times with no luck. I was finishing up last minute Christmas cards the night of Dec. 23 and his name came to mind again. Shortly after midnight on Christmas eve day I found an address that I thought may be his. I wrote a brief message that I had been thinking about him and hoped he was doing well and sent him my phone number - and wrote on the back of the envelope that I hoped that it was him and that I hadn't sent my number to a complete stranger!
He called as soon as he received and read the card. During that first conversation he told me that he had always thought that I was pretty. He had never said anything because when I met him in the spring of 1996 and when I last saw him in Oct or Nov of 2001 I was married. Actually, I was married to someone that was one of his closest friends. My 19 1/2 year marriage ended in Dec 2001 and because of that I lost contact with my secret admirer! It sure was a secret, because I absolutely never had any idea! He was nice and attractive, and a complete gentleman, and I never saw him as anything other than a friend. During the time we knew each other back then he was at my home two to three days/evenings a week. If I knew he was stopping by I would make dinner for him, too. I met his wife and daughter, and his parents, then after his divorce two of his girlfriends; they were welcome in my home, too. His ex and one of the girlfriends were gorgeous! and only slightly chubby.
I never expected the "I always thought you were pretty" because when he knew me all those years ago, he knew me during the time I was at my heaviest weight. Having met his then wife and then later the girlfriends, I would have never thought he would have seen me as attractive because of my size.
We've been talking on the phone quite often since Dec 27, catching up on all that has transpired in each others' lives over the past 14 years. I found out that he and my ex haven't had any contact in over 13 years; that he and two other friends witnessed the mean side of my ex that had previously only been discreetly shown towards me. After 14 years I've got some answers to some unanswered questions I've always wondered about.
I'm being very cautious and taking things very slowly. We finally met again. Twice this past week. While sitting beside each other, with my head leaning onto his chest, and his arm around my shoulder and him caressing my upper arm, I said to him, "This feels good." And he slowly said, "Yes. It does."
Last week I stopped by a Greek place for lunch and was reading the menu boards and trying to figure out what I wanted. A man came in and looked ready to order, so I told him to go ahead of me. On his way out he stopped by my table to say, "Thank you. I hope you have a wonderful day. You have a really cute smile, by the way." It totally made my day!
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