It was 1983. I was 18 years of age with no responsibilities. Ahhhh the freedom! I used to go to work through the week and go off to the Gold Coast with girlfriends on weekends. We would stay in a cabin at a caravan park at Miami Beach.
One weekend, one of my friends had to return home earlier than usual to work. We were at a bus stop with her waiting for her bus when a car load of young men (louts we thought!) drove past and cheered and wolf whistled at us. One of them had a camera and took a photo of us. We just shook our heads and said to each other something like … “idiots”!
A few weeks later, I had started seeing someone. Not just anyone. He was my boss’s brother! I know…awkward!! He worked in the same building as me but on a different level. He had seen me when he visited his brother and thought I was rather cute (well I was rather cute back then!) so he asked me out.
Our first date was for lunch during a work day. He took me to a nearby hotel and bought me vodka and orange after vodka and orange. I was trying to be polite and not say anything but I was sooooo hungry and wondered when we might actually EAT. We never did. I think he was nervous. I returned to work a tincy bit drunk! When I got back to my desk, I raided my snack drawer for anything to eat! I remember going to the loo and dosing off!
Down the track a couple of weeks or so and my new BF was to house-sit his brother’s house (my boss) and look after their dog (a gorgeous Great Dane) while he and his wife went on an overseas trip. One night I was over for dinner (felt so weird to be in my boss’s house) and my new BF had just picked up some photo’s he’d had developed. This was back in the old days people when digital camera’s were not even thought of. You actually had to take FILM in to be developed and it was pot luck as to whether your photo’s turned out. Anyway, I was flipping through his photo’s when I saw the blurry photo that I have included at the top of this post. See that girl standing up? THAT IS ME! My new BF was the idiot with the camera in that car that cheered and wolf whistled us! I was in complete shock! When I pointed this out to him – we were both in complete shock!
Fashion Note: That pink top has ‘Let’s Get Physical’ written on it. It was all the rage at the time. Olivia had just released the song
Bizarre! Fate? Meant to be?
By the way, I applied for a transfer to another section at work as it was far too weird working for my new BF’s brother. All worked out well. Little did he know when I first started working with him that I would end up his sister-in-law! LOL
MrMM and I got engaged in 1984 and married in 1985. On the 26th of January 2013 (very soon) we will have been married for 28 years!
Postscript: The boys in that car were not actually idiots. They were a great bunch of young guys who were returning from a tennis tournament that they were in at Lismore. They’d had wins and were happy and young! Don’t think I’ve said before on my blog but MrMM is a tennis player and has been playing since he was a kid.
Do you have any interesting stories to tell of how you met your partner?
and on Monday 21/01/2013 linking up with One Mother Hen for Open Slather Monday