It had to be you

me & the hubbs.  An Emjayandthem (C) photo

Happened across this song the other day and it took me back.  Back to living in Connecticut  where I met the Hubbs.  I was a divorced single parent of a 5-year-old boy; he was a well-traveled businessman from the midwest. I had a child. I did not date. I worked and took care of my son.  But a relentless girlfriend dragged me out on a Friday night and that’s where we met. He chatted with her (I thought he liked my friend) but, little did I know, he was working his way to me.  (foxy loxie that he is)

From the start, we had every obstacle in our way. Before we even had our first date, my employer announced we were relocating 6 states away.. in 4 months.  But summer was nearing and, cautiously, we started spending time together – the 3 of us – how’s that for romance?   Seeing a big shouldered man play with a teenage-mutant-ninja-turtled little boy softened my wounded heart.

One night we wrangled a sitter & decided to see the movie we were hearing a lot about, “When Harry met Sally.”  Understand, Mr. Hubbs doesn’t like movies.  Doesn’t go to movies. Didn’t know it then but he accommodated …me.

Can’t hear this song without thinking of him and that summer we fell in love .. over playdates with a 5-year-old, and day trips to New York City.

Update: we moved, he moved too, we married, had 2nd son, lived, loved and laughed together. And here we are … 19 years later.. and tonight’s “date night!” Think I’m gonna dig out our Harry Connick cds for later … And our 5-year-old boy? He’s now a grown man, married to his love who brought a 5-year-old boy to their marriage. That little boy.. you guessed it .. he loves Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, too.

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29 thoughts on “It had to be you

  1. Ter

    Happy Anniversary! Hope date night is a great night.

  2. What a sweet post! I love it when things work out! When Harry Met Sally is one of my old favorites too…great chic flick (which my husband also likes!)

  3. Cute post! I hope that my fiance and I are still as happy years from now as we are today. 🙂

  4. Happy for you!

    • Thank you; having parents who loved & adored each other made it easier for me to recognize a man who could fit the bill. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

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  7. I love this post so much. You give me hope that I’ll meet Mr. Right someday too 🙂

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  11. Thank you for sharing MJ…..Wild Bill and I are much the same….I had two little pumpkins and he had one when we fell in love in 1976 and married…then blended our families together….we had three so we did not get to have one of our own…we are still crazy about each other and love our lives together….what an adventure we have had in 36 years…we met on Valentines Day in 1976. I hope you two had an awesome date night last night and perfectly filled love day:)

    • Hey there – I loved your story (two little pumpkins .. aww). How neat that you met on Valentine’s Day! And 36 years – Wowza! We’re coming up on year 20 this year. We both had work commitments on V.Day (he had a business dinner and I had late conference calls – ugh) so our special date night will be this weekend — no worries. Thanks again for visiting, MJ

  12. What a sweet story, and the legacy of 5-year-old TMNT fans continues. 🙂

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  14. sigh….love is the best.

  15. Thanks so much for the link to this post. Happy tears in my eyes, especially after reading that your daughter-in-law also graced the family with a five-year-old rascal.
    I’m divorced myself too, and for the last (almost) five years happy with my V-man. Together we have four sons in the age of 18-21. Two even have the same name, the others almost 😉
    Happy belated anniversary, dear MJ.

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