Sunday, March 28, 2004

Isn't it romantic?

I'm just back from a whirlwind trip to the island of Santa Catalina where I attended the wedding of J. & R. I met J. when she was married to different R., and that ended badly. The last time I saw her we were comparing really bad date stories and that was about 2 years ago or so.

Now her current husband is not someone new in her life in fact she's known him for 20 years. They met when she went down to Uruguay for her senior year of high school to learn spanish. She stayed with his godparents and they became friends and fell for each other - the way you do when you're 17 and far from home. She returned home and missed him terribly moping and floating in her pool.

Two years later he traveled from Uruguay to the United States with just $300 in his pocket, to surprise his love, but she had moved on and started college and the timing was all wrong. Undaunted he began to work at California Pizza Kitchen as a pizza chef - the company at that time was only a few years old. Over the years he worked his way up through management to become VP of operations (or is it facilities). They both married other people, and divorced them. And all that time they remained good friends with R. always speaking in glowing terms of J - and deservedly so.

When they decided to get married J. said to R. - can you believe we're finally doing this.

He simply replied, "of course, I've been waiting for you."

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