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Dedicated to John Reilly
Submitted by Denise
We initially met almost twenty years ago; we worked together at a catalog showroom. I had already graduated from high school, was working and attending college. I was goal driven. He was a senior in high school with no apparent goals; but a nice guy and good looking. I tried to get to know him better, but felt like he didn't even know I existed. I worked days, and since he was still in school, he worked evenings and weekends. I really had little opportunity to get to know him.
He left the job, moved on with his life, eventually married and had kids. Years later I married a different co-worker, had kids and continued on with my life.
Nineteen years later, I ran in to him at a soccer center. His son was just finishing practice, and my son was starting a game. We saw each other, but didn't speak. A few minutes later we ran into each other again, and I spoke to him. We talked for quite a while. We found that both of us are divorced and single parents. He is raising his kids as well as his step-daughter. Something I immediately admired about him. We exchanged phone numbers and he left.
A short time later he called, we talked for over an hour and made a date for the following weekend. On our first date, we went to dinner and talked and talked and talked. When they closed the restaurant and lounge we returned to my house and continued talking into the wee hours of the morning. We had 19 years to catch up on and truly enjoyed each other's company.
That was over 15 months ago, and we are still together.
Our goal now is to spend more time together. Unfortunately that proves to be difficult; we both work full time and between us are raising 5 active kids ranging from 7 to 16 years. For a while we had every other weekend alone together. Then shortly after we started dating, our respective ex-spouses moved away from the area, and we both became full time parents.
For now, we keep working at finding time to spend together, and talk on the phone daily. When we can, we steal a few minutes here and there. But even that time is rare. Our love keeps growing stronger and we try to be patient and wait for our opportunity. Hopefully we don't have to wait until the kids are grown and move out!