I Married My Childhood Sweetheart - 30 Years Later
The Phone Call
I took a deep breath and dialed the number; my palms were sweaty and my heart was thumping.
What if ‘HE’ answers it? Will I be able to speak?
My mouth is dry.
What do I do if it’s a female voice?
A mans voice: “Hello?”
“Hello, is that Nick?”
“It’s a blast from the past! - It’s Lesley”
“Les? xxxxxx Hell! - How are you?”
If he had said “Les who?” then it would have been a different story!
Over 40 years ago, when we were both 16 years old and at school, Nick was my first official boyfriend (Mum said I couldn’t have a boyfriend until I was 16!).
I remember he was tall and skinny, I loved his sense of humour and I loved his smile.
It was pretty serious stuff for our age. He bought me a beautiful necklace for my 16th birthday, and wrote my name all over his school books and satchel.
But he was "stubborn" and I was "difficult". We broke up with each other several times, and then always got back together. That is until the last time, when we broke up, went our separate ways, and moved on with our lives.
30 Years Later
30 years later and I had been widowed 10 years, with two wonderful grown up children.
I chose not to date anybody; I spent 10 years rebuilding my life and my childrens' lives, building a new career and a new home.
I was happy with my life again, I felt in control and everything was ticking along nicely.
Nick and I hadn’t seen each other since the school days, but I’d never forgotten him. In fact, there were occasions when I’d wake up in the morning and think ‘I’ve dreamt about Nick again’.
An old mutual friend told me Nick had been widowed; I was so sorry and sad to hear this and decided I would contact him.
Finding his telephone number was easy. He still lived in the same town.
Now, here I was phone in hand talking to an old boyfriend of 30 years ago.
Suddenly, everything changed!
Nick had also heard that I had been widowed; we both expressed an understanding at our loss. He said that he too had thought to contact me, but I had moved away and he had no idea where I lived.
We went on to chat about all kinds of things, I remember laughing a lot, I don’t know what was said, it went by in a beautiful hazy blur!
The phone call was very strange; it was almost like an "out of body experience"!
I put the phone down and looked at the children, then aged 19 years and 25 years, and said “This is HUGE!”.
They looked at me in complete bewilderment “What is?”
“It’s Nick - so, it is just huge!!”
(They must have thought I’d gone mad!)
Their Mum was never going to be the same again!
After several phone calls Nick and I decided to meet for coffee.
We arranged to meet in a town which was halfway for both of us, at 11.00 outside a bank.
There was a lot of debate on how we would recognise each other, but finally decided we would both take mobile phones and would phone each other as we approached the meeting place!
I was early, too early.
So I tried to walk slowly but I still got there too soon.
It’s just round the next corner...
I dialled the number,
My heart was thumping, my knees like jelly….
“Are you in position?”
“Les, I’m here”
I looked up, there he was, I would know him anywhere, that ‘stance’ - leaning against the wall transported me back 30 years!
We embraced and kissed, it was the most natural thing in the world to do.
We walked by the river holding hands and talked.
We talked about old times and new times, we talked about everything.
I knew even then, that I still loved him.
We’d both married and known happiness and love, we’d both known great sadness, and endured the pain of loss and loneliness. Yet, we still hadn’t forgotten each other.
I still had the necklace he bought me for my 16th Birthday.
He still had his school satchel with my name etched on it.
What a surprise, when we looked inside there was my name on all his books, even inside his old school cap!
Always and Forever
We got married a few months later in the year 2000, and what an emotional day it was.
Our family and friends were so happy for us and that made the day even more special.
We knew we had special feelings for each other all those years ago, but the time then wasn’t right for us.
Now - it is our time.
For my darling Nick, I love you more than you will ever know.
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