Last night, Ted and Suzi, two regulars at the pub sat down for dinner. My friends GB and K sat down with them. I squeezed into the booth beside GB.
"For 35 years..." Suzi said.
"You've been together 35 years?" I asked.
"Oh no...because this man made some very poor decisions, we were apart for 35 years." She smiled and reached for Ted's hand. He took hers and smiled back.
"What happened?" I asked.
"Well, we dated for a while in the 60's. But I had a son. And he wasn't ready for all that. So he ran off with a woman who made leather clothing for rock stars," Suzi explained.
"Like Cher?" I asked Ted.
"No, like Jim Morrison," he replied.
K's eyes bulged.
"Did you know Jim Morrison?"
"I sure did."
"Wow," K and I said.
"So then what happened?" I asked.
"Well, then I got married and we lost touch."
"You married the leather woman?" I asked.
"No, another woman," He said.
"So how did you finally find each other?"
"When I got divorced, my sister asked 'whatever happened to Suzi?'"
My eyes welled up. GB shook his head and handed me a napkin.
"Meanwhile," Suzi said. "I thought I'd die never having the chance to tell him how much I loved him."
"So then what?" K asked.
"I called her brother and asked what Suzi was doing. He said, 'She's still in LA waiting for you.' So I called her. She didn't answer, so I left a message. I told her I wasn't going to leave my number, that I'd just keep calling until I got her."
"How did you feel when you got the message?" GB asked Suzi.
"I didn't even hear the words. I just heard his voice. I couldn't believe it was his voice."
"So what happened when you finally got on the phone?" I asked.
"I told him, 'I thought I was going to die without ever getting the chance to tell you how much I love you,'" Suzi said.
"And I told her I'd always loved her too," Ted said.
"I think I see a Question of the Day in here somewhere," said GB.
I nodded. How could I not ask? I'm a sucker for love. True love. Love that doesn't start out crazy and then fade. Love that doesn't pale when things aren't going well. Love that's so important that you'll go back and search for it after 35 years.
Do you know any love stories like that?
4 years ago