Our Footprints In The Sand Will Last A Life Time

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I am going to take you back in time 35 years of my life and how things worked out in my life and how they could work out the same in years, if you are as lucky as I was and still am.

Thirty five years ago I was as you would call it, a beach bum, living on Long Beach Island in New Jersey during the summers. Had my hair past my shoulders, full beard and driving my 1964 Convertible Corvette. Oh what a life I had partying with the guys and hitting all the clubs and bars on the Island.

I thought I had the best life of all, but I was missing one special thing and that was the love of my life. I thought , man, living down the shore I was sure to find a girl friend somewhere on this Island.

I worked at a fast food and Ice Cream restaurant all through every summer and it gave me the money I needed for gas and for my parting nights out with the guys drinking beer.

One night a few of us hit a bar called Joe Pops where many live bands played and a abundance of girls went to dance the night away. I sat at the bar that evening and a girl across the bar happened to catch my eye like no other one in the bar could.

I had a feeling inside that this girl may have a special meaning to my life. It was a completely different feeling just looking at her and not have even spoke to her yet. I finally got up enough nerve to walk around the other side of the bar and introduce myself to her. We carried on a conversation for awhile and danced a few dances.

We seemed to had got along just find. So at the end of the night and the bar closed I asked if she would like to take a walk up to the Ocean for a little while. We had a great conversation and put our footprints in the sand together as we walked the surf. Then I asked her if she would like to get a bite to eat at the diner which was across the street from the bar. I truly thought inside that our footprints in the sand would last a lifetime. The answer was no, she would have to go home because of how late it was. So she went her way and I went mine. One thing that she mentioned in our conversation is where she lived on Long Beach Island, which was at the opposite end of the Island that I lived.

Her and her family lived in a trailer park in Holgate, the very tip of Long Beach Island. The fellow I was with that night, I explained to him that that girl is something special. I felt something inside of me that told me she would be the one, never knowing five year later she would be my wife.

That night when I went to sleep I saw her in my dreams and when I woke I hopped into my Corvette on a search to find this special girl. I pulled into the trailer park that she told me about and low and behold there she stood in the drive entrance with her mother. I got butterflies in my stomach and just as that happened she saw me and my Corvette and she turned with her mother and ran into their trailer.

I was really heart broken because I knew she saw me pulling into the trailer park, but apparently didn't want to see me ever again. So, for the rest of the day my heart was broken and the girl of my dreams had vanished.

I Saw Her in My Dreams

The Next Five Years Of My Life

During the next five years I had to calm my life down and had to leave the beach style life I had and get a real job 52 weeks a year. That really though a curve ball into my parting life style, but sooner or later in life, everything must come to an end.

I landed a job in a local Hospital working in Central Supply. I then worked in Physical Therapy as a assistant to the therapist and set up all traction for ER patients and for those that needed traction in their hospital rooms.

Everyday at lunch I would go to the Cafeteria with the nurses and have our lunch. One day I noticed a girl at the counter ordering her food. No minded I only saw this girl from the back and never saw her face in the beginning. I asked one of the nurses I was having lunch with who is that girl at the counter ordering food?

They replied that is Linda, she is new here at the hospital. Nothing rang any bells with the name and when she turned around nothing as of facial looks rang any bell either.

I asked the nurse how about getting me her phone number and maybe you and your boy friend and she and I can go out on a double date.

That evening I gave that girl named Linda a call on the phone and we talked for some time. I convinced her to go out with me on that double date. We spoke of our likes and dislikes and I explained to her that after we are done our double date dinner, all of us could go down on my 41 foot Chris Craft and have a night cap and that's what we did.

We had a wonderful evening and took her back home and asked for a second date and received a big yes on that.

On our second date we went back to my boat and were able to talk freely because we now had no company with us. As we spoke of different things in our lives it seemed that everything we spoke of we had in common, such as both of us loved and lived on Long Beach Island in the summers as teenagers.

Things Started To Really Match Up

As more sentences were spoken things started to really match up, meaning, living on the Island as teenagers and going to Joe Pops Bar for some drinks.

Neither one of us looked the same as 5 years ago, because we both were older and I had to really change my look from a long haired hippie to a well dress, manicured man do to now working in a hospital.

The one thing that stopped both of us in our tracks during this conversation was, that Linda said she met a guy 5 years ago at Joe Pops Bar and he owned a beautiful white convertible Corvette and he lived in Ship Bottom on the Island. She then said she lived in a trailer park in Holgate on the opposite end of the Island and that floored me.

It was her, the girl of my dreams had come back into my life. I said to her, :Oh my God you are the girl I danced with and had taken up to see the Ocean 5 years ago. We where so in shock it was unbelievable.

Can you just imagine how I felt knowing that 5 years ago I thought I had found the girl of my dreams, but she just vanished and never saw her again until now 5 years later.

Planning Our Wedding

We contiuned to date and see each other everyday at work and every evening after work till wee hours in the morning. I knew this girl was the girl of my dreams and I needed to ask her and her family for her hand in marriage which I did.

We only dated for 3 months and then we were married and have been married now for 30 years on May 8, 2011.

She slipped away from my life 35 years ago, but I truly believe that God had sent her back to be with me forever and to leave our footprints in the sand for a lifetime.

Now we have just purchased and re-modeled our retirement home 6 minites from the Ocean and beach we both walked on 35 years ago.  Life is so amazing and you can make your life any way you wish.  Always remember dreams do come true and mine certainly did.

© 2011 Mark Bruno

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Minnetonka Twin 5 years ago from Minnesota

Mark, thank you so much for making my day by sharing this unbelievable story. I can't imagine what that was like when you both realized you were the two dancing that night so many years ago. Did you ever ask her why she walked back in her trailer house? That made me sad but it was obviously meant to be for the time being. I also really enjoyed the song by "Giant." It was so perfectly fitting for the romantic story. I am so glad you two found eachother again and then the icing on the cake is your retiring to your old teenage hang out. Could it get any better? Thanks for making me smile so big today:)


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Minnetonka Twin, Thank you much for your very kind comment. Really I never asked my wife why she took off running when she saw me, but now that you have mentioned it I think I will ask her, Better late than never. My opinion would be that I looked kind of rough around the edges with the long hair and beard so maybe that frighten her somewhat, but I will find out


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

What a beautiful story. I am surprised though that you did not recognize her. You two were meant to be, it was written in the cards so to say. Anyways I really enjoyed reading your story.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Susan , Thank you for your comment. Many times people can not believe that we dated for only 3 month and have been married for 30 years/ I guess in our world today long marriages do not happen that often. Thanks again!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

Wow! Well, I am blown away, again. What a wonderful story-you certainly did not disappoint! Amazing. Thank you so much for writing it. My mind can't quite wrap around this series of events that led the two of you back together again! Surely, God's hand in it. Great job, Marky! What a sweet finish to a long, rough day for me.

Okay, Jersey Boy, I know country is probably NOT your kind of music, but this is the song I think of when I read your story: Hope it comes through. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wngb5Mq1SQY


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Denise. Thank you so much for your very kind words as always. I am so glad you enjoyed it and you are right, I think God had his plans for the both of us. To go about our lives for 5 years and get everything out of our systems before settleing down, getting married and having children. What I wrote even amazing me till this day of how everythhing just feel in place at the end. Thank you so much for sending me the video. We really loved it!!! I am so happy Denise!!


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Denise Handlon 5 years ago from North Carolina

As you should be. You have a lot to be grateful for and to be proud of. Kudos to you.


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DIYweddingplanner 5 years ago from South Carolina, USA

What a precious story, everyone should have one just like it in their lives!


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ Denise Thanks again for your kind comment and I sure do have so much to be thankful for Denise.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

@ DIYweddingplanner I am so happy with my life now being clean and sober and wish everyone could have such a wonderful life as mine. Thank you so much for commenting:)


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sofs 5 years ago

Wow! what an awesome story!! I truly believe God always gives us the best. I basically believe this scripture 'What God has joined together let no man set asunder'.. God has united the two of you and I pray that you will be together until it is his time to call you back. Love to you and Linda and best my wishes to you for many, many more happy years to come :) Sophie


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Sofs, Thank you!!!! and you are so right, God watches all of our moves and if he thinks the time is not just right for something I believe he will not let it happen, but on the other hand, he has plans for all of our futures and I just love how he planed everything for me.


Heather 5 years ago

Mark... i knew most of this story but not all of it and it truely touches my heart to learn the rest. the two of you deserve that dream house down at the shore!!, more then any two people i know. can't wait to hear the memories you two are making down the shore from my son, your grandson, Evan. love you guys always.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Heather thank you so much for such kind words to me and Linda. Can't wait for Evan to share them with you.


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whispers of faith 5 years ago

one word... beautiful. that is the most touching story its like something that came out of a movie. god bless you i hope my life has a similar outcome.


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the clean life 5 years ago from New Jersey Shore Author

whispers of faith, Thank you so much for your kind comment. Never worry like I used to, Keep thinking Positive thoughts and if you have dreams or goals go after them until you achieve them. There is always someone out there that will be a perfect match for everyone. I know, the problem is finding that mr right, but he will come when least expected as it did with my now wife.

God Bless you also!


marlene 20 months ago

What a beautiful love story. I wish you the best & many more.


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the clean life 20 months ago from New Jersey Shore Author

Marlene, thanks for taking the time to read and you kind comment . your friend Mark

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