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Apr 17, 2008

New Old Lovers

. Apr 17, 2008

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I'm having an early dinner by myself at a friendly coffee shop called Hoff's Hut. I'm always hopeful to eavesdrop something juicy when I'm dining alone; it's so much easier to listen and I go deep under cover with my nose in a book. I'm done with my meal and am nursing a hot tea. It seems I'm not going to hear much tonight. The waitress refills my hot water and I give it one more try, although the booths around me are empty.


I'm draining the last honey packet into my mug when the hostess walks by showing an elderly couple to the booth in front of me. She bids them a good meal and leaves while the man helps the woman sit down. She bends stiffly, slowly navigating the bench's right angle. She sits down with a sigh and says, "There we go". I hear a smile in her voice. She sits with her back to me. Her bright white hair is in a medium length ponytail tied with a black scrunchy. She pulls her ponytail into place with hands tipped with rose pink nails.

Her husband is bald with glasses and a light blue sweater vest. He holds a closed-mouth smile the entire time he browses the menu. They discuss various choices and both decide on the same thing, the meatloaf dinner. As I watch him over my reading glasses, he continuously leans forward when she speaks, nodding his head. His replies are punctuated with mild laughter. His eyes are blue and rarely leave her face. They talk about her new jewelry after they order:

Her: (Showing him her finger) Well, what do you think? I like how it turned out.
Him: (Takes his glasses off and pulls her hand closer) It's beautiful. Very nice. The greens and blues are just beautiful.
Her: Yes, I really love it. Just love it. Thank you, sweetheart.
Him: (He kisses her hand)
Her: She even commented on it, how unusual it is. She's a nice girl. She does beautiful work.
Him: Yes, she does. Can she make earrings? See if she can make you earrings to match.
Her: Oh no, it's enough.
Him: See if she can do it.

The waitress brings their beverages. The lady goes into her purse:

Her: Oh, honey, I guess we should give you this coupon now.
Waitress: Oh, it's your anniversary! Congratulations. How many years?
Him: Two years today. I never imagined I'd be twice blessed. I'm a lucky man.

29 Whispers:

Rene' Morris said...

Talk about a tear jerker! Thank you so much for sharing that. I love your blog.

karen said...

Aww.. how wonderful.

Alan said...

how sweet. this one literally brought a tear to my eye

Karen said...

adorable story.

Make money said...

Love this post. Very inspiring!

Laura said...

Lovely. I am also celebrating my second anniversary in a wonderful remarriage. I love knowing that love can come around more than once.

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Jenna said...

Cute story! : ]

Julie Carobini said...

Chills! That gave me the sweetest chills! Thanks for sharing it.

Susan Sonnen said...

I teared up as I read this. Thank you so very much for sharing with us.

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Warhammer Online said...

Sweet :)

Lindsey said...

That was a sweet story. It's much easier to notice and get annoyed at the couple that's arguing loudly. Chances are that if we listened more, we'd hear more good things like this, which can sometimes be subtle.

Sarah said...

What a lovely and heartwarming story!

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Vienne said...

Greetings everyone and thanks for taking time to comment on this eavesdrop! It was indeed the sweetest moment of my day and I almost had to stifle an "awwww!" when he said that to the waitress. There was something more to the man's happiness that I picked up on and it's a little hard to explain in writing, but I think it was utter gratefulness.

He was so very grateful for her and it showed in his every word and gesture. Just beautiful.

Nathan and J.Screeb, I will be in touch regarding your requests. Thank you, Vienne.

jenny said...

What a lovely story! Thank you for posting it.

Bagrep said...

This is really nice. I always admire old couples and their determination. Somehow, I find this a bit funny too.

bikinis said...

this a nice story. old couple is always cute.

exfatguy said...

A touching stories indeed. I'm so happy for the couple. Wish i would be that way when i reach that aged.

Sarah said...

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VeraBradley said...

Awww.. how touching! Sometimes it amazes me how you can remember every conversation you eavesdropped :P

zohai said...

It seems that you come across lots of memoriable moments =) What a lovely story. Hope they have a happy life together.

Eshop said...

The story is so touching. I bet it will be more deeply if we feel the situation ourself,

journey said...

touching.. gosh they are a wonderful couple. loves to read ur blog. wonderful eavesdrop >.<

blisters said...

I shed tears reading that. It was so beautiful! How come i never get to eavesdrop on stories like that! :D

Mike at Recycling Symbols said...

"New old lovers." I love your stories. I'll write a review if my blog is not in a different topic. This one is truly inspiring. I was expecting her to answer 30 years or something! So happy for the old gent and his lady. I'm married 14 years and my wife and I are working for a second honeymoon in our relationship.

www.gummihat.dk said...

what a sweet and lovely story.. funny and cute old couple...:p

rakeback said...

Awww what a sweet couple. The title New Old Lovers just suits the story very well. I love Eavesdrop haha

spandex said...

nice job! That lady is so lucky to have such husband. And the husband was care too much for his wife. That's a perfect ending

 

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