How I Met My Husband: When Love Is Meant To Be

When my kids were little, they used to love hearing the story of how my husband and I met. I told them we were in kindergarten and we were having lunch in the sandbox. Instead of pulling my hair to get my attention, he dropped my peanut butter and jelly sandwich into the sand. Our eyes met. It has been true love ever since.

They thought that was hysterical, and despite the fact my hubby and I are four years apart, they never doubted for a minute that it was true until years later. Rather than tell them we were set up on a blind date by my brother, I thought I’d have a little fun, besides it really does feel like we’ve grown up together.

If I trace back the events that finally led to our first meeting, it is amazing to discover than our paths crossed many times before we were ever formally introduced. When we were children, our parents ate at the same restaurant every Saturday night. On Sundays, we both went to the same Hungarian restaurant and waited for what seemed like hours for a table. It’s possible that we even sat next to each other in the small waiting area, while complaining how long it was taking to be seated.

When I was 16, I used to run around the neighborhood track on the weekends with my best friend. So did he. I remember seeing a tall handsome older boy (he was 20), who would smile at me every time we passed each other on the track. We never spoke a word.

Fast forward six years later to our blind date. When he walked in the restaurant it instantly felt familiar. We knew each other’s faces, but now sure how, until the end of our meal it dawned on him, “You’re the girl from the track.” And so it began. Next year we celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary.

How did you meet your true love? Was it love at first sight?

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  1. says

    It’s so fascinating how lives can almost intersect, slip past one another, bump into others, slide by, and then, sometimes when we’re lucky at just the right time – connect. Congratulations on 25 years!

    • Carpool Goddess says

      Looking back it’s interesting how my husband and I keep circling each other. So many of us had the same experience. And then when the time is right, click!

  2. says

    Isn’t it amazing how you crossed paths so many times before meeting? In fact, you sort of wonder why you never met before you actually did…if that makes any sense. Thanks for sharing your story!

  3. says

    I’ve wondered the same thing about my husband and me. It turned out we had mutual friends and frequented the same places. I have no doubt that our paths crossed, perhaps more than once. Loved reading your post!

  4. says

    How wonderful that when you met you thought you knew each other and then in a way you did! Now that your kids know the truth, do they question other stories you’ve told them?

    • Carpool Goddess says

      I think they always knew it wasn’t 100% true, because of the way I told the story. They’d laugh and look and their dad and I for clues of its validity. It was impossible to keep a straight face. Kind of like the way they knew Santa and the Tooth Fairy didn’t really exist but we all played along with it anyway.

    • Carpool Goddess says

      It took a while for us to figure out why we looked so familiar to each other. And it did seem amazing that he remembered. However, as I’ve learned over the years, my husband has a gift for remembering people.

  5. Michelle Chiklis says

    When I was a little girl in Miami, my father hit a cow on the freeway. My husband was was on vacation from Boston and was stuck in traffic for hours. When they passed by the accident, his father said, ” some guy hit a cow” little did he know that I was in that car and the guy who hit the cow was going to be his father in law 20 years later.

  6. says

    My late husband and I met in Shanghai one summer when we were 19. (He’s from Vancouver, Canada, I’m from South Bend, IN) He was studying Chinese at his mom’s alma mater, and I was taking a “find your roots” trip with my family while my father lectured in mathematics for the summer at the same university. We dated once, had fun toodling around “The Bund.” Then, five years later, I was living in Boston, and IBM sent me to Los Angeles. George was the only person I knew in LA, I looked him up, and it started. IBM transferred me to LA three months later, we were married a year later, and were married for 17 years 355 days. We got to travel around the world (India, New Zealand, Thailand, Fiji), live in Italy, and Japan, and have two great kids from our marriage.

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