- Gender and Relationships
How you and your true love met.
Ah, now there's a story.
About fifteen years ago, when I was in my early 20s, I was unemployed. I'd been doing some freelance computer work locally, but mostly was just unwilling to really start doing a proper job. You know how it is after University - the student mentality of wanting the money, but not the actual work.
One day, my old French teacher telephoned. He's a pretty cool guy who also ran the school library - as a librarian, I'd seen the more human side of him and, together with some others, we'd stayed in touch. We'd go out for beers and chat about life as we grew up after high school... though it was almost impossible to stop calling him 'Sir'!
He telephoned me one day and asked if I was working. I wasn't. He had a job for me. "Oho!" says I. "Do tell."
Well, a girl who taught English to visiting students had broken her leg skiing. She wouldn't be able to tutor as usual, so she needed a replacement. Her replacement was going skiing, so she couldn't do it. She called her old French teacher, but he didn't know anybody, so he called my teacher, who called me!
The practical upshot of all this was that he offered me the job of tutoring an 18-year-old French girl for a week. "I don't know if you can do it from the comfort of your own bedroom..." he added. Mwuhahaha!
As it turned out, the family she was staying with were absolutely horrible. Since I was unemployed, had time on my hands and she was really pretty, I offered to take her out shopping and stuff. She agreed enthusiastically. We spent the week doing silly stuff and, as we did so, realised that we got along incredibly well. Similar interests, but enough difference, both of us fairly smart and quick to laugh, both loved dancing and so on. The fact that she was pretty became less and less important as I fell in love with the real her, completely and totally.
It took us quite a few years of friendship and being soul-mates to come to the point where we consciously realised it, but from the very first day of that first meeting, we had both found our true love.