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Saturday, September 02, 2006

Big Papa Guest Blog: He Said, She Said

For my anniversary present I asked Big Papa to write the story of how we met (before I showed him my version). Here it is…

I first caught a glimpse of my future wife from the kitchen window of my upstairs apartment. There was a light rain; she was rushing to carry a box from her Dad’s truck into her apartment. Jewels had a slim figure and thick red hair. I could not tell much else about her and did not see her for a couple of weeks afterward.

However, I did hear her; Jewels is quite the partier. I listened to her now familiar laugh late at night, when her friends were over having drinks. At times I wished they would all go to bed. Other times, I thought I should just go over and introduce myself.

I never did, because as much as I hate to admit it, I am shy. Luckily Julie had also seen me and was arranging an encounter. We met in the driveway when I arrived home from work, she was washing her car (this would be the first and last time she ever did this). I remember her making it clear the guy she was living with was just a roommate, and when I suggested we get together for a beer, thankfully she agreed, but when?

Here again I ran into the shy problem. It was a nice Saturday, maybe a week later? I knew she was home and it would be a great day to have a beer. I could not work up the nerve to go ask her. But here is the thing, to get to my apartment you had to unlock the downstairs door, then come up the stairs to my door, and there was no doorbell. That day, I had purposely gone down the stairs to make sure the door was propped open, so if she came over she could come up the stairs to my apartment door, which I also left open.

Sure enough, like a lobster entering a trap Julie came bounding up the stairs maybe an hour later. She was wearing her jean cut-offs. We went over to her place and I think I brought the beers. She made me a ham sandwich and we shot the breeze for the afternoon.

What we talked about I cannot really remember, but we were having a good time. In the evening some of her friends joined us and we went to the Red Dog tavern, which is a real institution in Peterborough. We kissed at her apartment door; in fact we went a bit beyond that, and we agreed to meet the next day.

I just remember on the Sunday we had Chinese food, and we have been together ever since.

Big Papa



Blogger penelopeto said...

oh, too much for my !
cool to hear the other side of the story - what would have happened if that door had not been propped open, I wonder?
and i absolutely love that he writes your nickname as Jewels, and not the standard 'Jules'. That he cherises you is obvious.

6:17 PM  
Blogger penelopeto said...

uh, me again. not even sure what that first sentence is supposed to be. i think it is a hybrid of the three thoughts i was deciding on - too much, oh my fluttering heart, and oh, for the love of a good boy.

ladies' choice.

6:20 PM  
Blogger crazymumma said...

That was beautiful. It cracks me up that you were 'washing your car'. How to get any man's heart beating...And cut offs! Daisy Duke style? You crack me up Metros....

10:13 PM  
Anonymous something blue said...

A shy guy with a plan! Very romantic. Was there love potion in that ham sandwich?

I love reading a guy's perspective.

1:10 AM  
Blogger Katrinka Bobinka said...

Happy Anniversary! Nice stories from both of you--very sweet!

1:51 AM  
Anonymous mamatulip said...

Man, I love this. I love the "he said, she said." Very, very cool.

6:00 PM  
Blogger Her Bad Mother said...



Big Papa, you rock. You offically have HBM approval.

10:45 PM  
Blogger Haley-O said...

Was this a Jessica Simpson/Daisy Duke moment?? ;) Beautiful post. Makes me wanna go "awwwwww!" :)

Big Papa, you're so eloquent, too. Here's my hubby's view of how we met: "She picked me up at a bar"....Nice, huh? :)

11:20 PM  
Blogger sunshine scribe said...

Yay for Big Papa.

I loved this.

Especially the differences and similarities in your account. Who was responsible for entrapping whom? Was it beer or wine? The description of that first kiss.


8:25 AM  
Anonymous krista said...

That lobster analogy is priceless.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Nancy said...

I love reading the same story from two perspectives -- so neat to hear the different way men and women describe the same event.

I also love the "lobster entering a trap" phrase. :-)

7:28 PM  
Blogger bubandpie said...

Wow. I'm trying to figure out what kind of deal I would have to cut to get my hubby to write a post like this for my blog...

Very romantic anniversary gift!

10:30 PM  
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