The Most Wonderful Girl In The Universe


Today’s Music: They Might Be Giants – Birdhouse In Your Soul
Days Til Spring: 35

A long time ago, I worked at the college bookstore.
There was a girl who worked there. I didn’t know it at the time, but she was the most wonderful girl in the universe.
We were friendly. We teased each other, flirted a bit, but nothing really came of it.
Along the way I developed a crush on her.
One day, I asked her out.
“Harry Connick Jr is playing”, I said. “Would you like to go?”
“No thanks” she answered. “I’m not really a fan”.
“Ok”

She filled in this part later on:
“One of my friends asked why I wasn’t going out with you. I told her that I didn’t really like Harry Connick.
‘You idiot’ she said. ‘He was asking you out on a date’. I didn’t realize it. Oops.”

In the course of our daily teasing, she handed me a piece of paper, with the following poem
The Lollipop
When you come to the end of a lollipop
To the end to the end of a lollipop,
Plop goes your heart.

For when you are through with it,
what can you do with it?
All you have left is a stick.

How can you doubt she was the girl for me?

Fast forward about 10 years or so. I had left restaurants, learned IT and just started a new job.
That very day, I had also moved in with a friend of mine.
So I’m sitting in this bar, at a reasonable hour, having a pint.
I distinctly remember thinking to myself “Ok, what next?”
And the door opened.
These two girls walked in. One of them was pretty cute, so I smiled.
And…she…waved…
I’ve done a lot of stupid things in a lot of different places over the years, and have often run into people who knew (or heard of me) and I had no idea who they were.
I was nervous that would be the case here.

But when she sat down and I looked more closely, I recognized and remembered her. And it was great.
We spent the rest of the night talking (her friend was across the bar talking to some people she knew). When it was time for her to go, I offered to give her a lift (It was ok, I’d just had the one pint).(And she has since cured me of drinking and driving)
I drove her home, and we spent the next couple of hours sitting in front of her home just talking.
Eventually I said I had to go (because I really had to pee), but before she left, I asked her out again.
“I’ll tell you the first naked bar dance story” I said.
“The first?” she asked, raising an eyebrow.
“You pick the place”, I answered, realizing this might not have been the best lead-off. “Someplace you’re comfortable with lots of people around” I raised an eyebrow back at here. “You know, in case I’m insane”
“Oh, I know you’re insane” she said.
“No, I mean in a bad way”
We went out a few days later. Had a lovely meal. I told her some of my more…colorful stories. She told me hers.
We went for a walk in the neighborhood on a cool clear night.
We were talking about astronomy, stars, planets, constellations. I pointed out a constellation to her.
Where, she asked. I moved closer so she could sight along my arm. As I leaned down to describe the shapes, she looked up. And kissed me.

At the intersection of astronomy and astrology, Orion brings smooches!


It was a good date.

Some scenes along the way from there:
-“It’s my birthday. You can meet all my friends”. Oh joy. And it turns out her friends are just as cool as her. And are my friends now too.
-“Honey, if you want to build a model railroad, then you should.” it’s ten years later, and I’m still working on it, but she has never been anything but supportive.
-Me: “I’d like to take you out on your birthday”
Her”: “I’ll be in Atlanta”
Me: “That’s fine.Let me know where to meet you.”
Best. Daytrip. Ever.
-On a week in January a few years ago when I was having a wicked case of Cabin Fever: “Why don’t we go to Key West for a few days?”

So we were together for several years. One day, it bothered her that we weren’t married, because of the legal implications.
To me, she was my wife, and I her husband in every way but the paperwork. But she wanted to be married. So we went out to find a ring.
We went to a mall and she found the ring she liked. I handed the saleswoman the money and stepped to an empty counter while she boxed it up.
I pulled my girl over.
“Honey, we had lunch before, but not desert.”
I reached into my pocket and pulled out two napkins, laying them on the counter.
I took out a small bag of Oreos, two each, and portioned them on the napkins.
I went back into the pocket for a candle holder and candle.
I lit the candle.
My girl was both laughing and blushing deeply as we ate our cookies, looking deeply into each others eyes.
The saleswoman came over with the ring in a box as we finished the cookies.
I took the box.
“Honey”, I asked. “Will you marry me?”
Some onlookers started applauding and congratulating us. I ignored them.
Because she hadn’t said yes yet.
But then she did.

(This post is turning out way longer than I expected. Part two will go up on Valentines day. Or , at least I’ll try…)

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92 responses to “The Most Wonderful Girl In The Universe

  1. OH……WOW!! Big smile! How incredibly sweet!

    Bring on Part 2!

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  2. Awwwww beautiful….can’t wait to read the rest!

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  3. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

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  4. Very sweet, indeed. You have a romantic soul. I like that you sort of knew she was the one all the way back during your book store days. Some things are just meant to be.

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    • Fortunately, it didn;t happen back then AGL. As my girl put it, we probably wouldn’t have lasted all that long.
      Having re-met when we were both older and (she was) wiser, I know get her for the rest of my life!

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  5. Wow, this so sweet! I thought this kind of thing only happened in the movies…what a nice love story! Happy Love Day, G-man.

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  6. I was enjoying this and then you just left me hanging. I would appreciate the rest of this story on Valentine’s day. Jk. lol. I wished things would have worked out like that for me. Great story.

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  7. You have such a sweet soul 🙂 I loved reading this!

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  8. Thank you Mona Lisa. And every so often, it’s nice to remember how I got here…

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  9. Awww…..very sweet post, Guap.

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  10. No question: The sign of true love is the willingness to kiss after eating Oreos.

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  11. !Awesome! Love is Grand, ain’t it?
    I bet you will have a great VD experience, too! ;o)

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  12. Did you hear that? The squee from my cubicle? It was pretty loud. Can’t wait for part 2!!

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  13. whiteladyinthehood

    Guapo, you ole sweet romantic! You found the perfect girl for you and she is lucky to have you, also! Loved your post – bring on part 2!

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  14. Love is grand, right?
    Great heartfelt post, my friend.

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  15. I love this story! Knowing how people’s paths crossed is always interesting to me. It’s even better because yours crossed twice, meaning that it was obviously meant to be!
    I felt cool already knowing the naked bar dance story! haha

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  16. I wish onlookers would just ignore. It puts on more pressure then is due. Not that I’ve had experience. I’m just sayin’. Cool story by the way. You deserve the most wonderful girl in the world – I think.

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  17. As usual, great post. Very inspiring.

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  18. Awwwwww. This is so sweet that I might be nicer to my husband today. (just kidding!) Well done, though, perfect for VD day. 😛

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  19. i only have one thing to say – shocked you are I know but really words just can’t do it justice……..

    ~ Sigh~

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  20. Humorous love
    Is the best kind
    It will last
    Through thick and thin
    Because the funny
    Always win

    Love the picture, such sweet story! I hope the guy who proposes to me is that laid back about it, I’ve always been a picnic sort of girl.
    I love Atlanta and Key West. Mexico Beach is pretty cool if you’ve never been.

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    • Thanks Andrea, and thanks for the verse. I was going to caption the pic “And our watches lived happily ever after” but thought I’d let it pass, just this once…
      (plus her watch isn’t in the picture)(Hmph).

      And I love the verse!

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  21. Hi,
    Very nice indeed, it’s wonderful how different things in our life will lead us in the direction that we need to go. I am very much looking forward to reading part 2, but it is really not fair in the sense it is Valentines Day today here in OZ, so really I shouldn’t have to wait. 😀

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  22. Thats such a great story 🙂 And you have hairy hands. (So do I)

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  23. this is SO wonderful EG…what a perfect valentine. continue…

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  24. p.s. and i like the distinction contained in the word “universe”

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  25. Aww…I want to eat cookies at the jewelry counter someday…

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  26. Yeah, I’m getting verklempt. What of it?!?!?

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  27. What a great story!! But not as great as free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s tomorrow, 14 February, between 5 and 8 pm. ( http://benjerrys.com/) Now that’s a true love story. And you don’t even need tissues. Just napkins.

    Enjoy.

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  28. Oh my my … the soft, sensitive side of Guapo. … Nonetheless, what are the odds she would walk into that bar 10 years later. Wow!

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  29. Wow! I’m so looking forward to hearing the rest! Thanks for sharing such an intimate, and special, part of your life. I love to hear about people truly in love.

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  30. I love that story! I have a feeling it gets even better in the next installment 🙂

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  31. So great! I did that exact same thing once – turned down a date because I didn’t want to see the movie I was invited to. Fortunately, he wasn’t the one for me, anyway. Can’t wait to read part 2!

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  32. You old smoothie…..

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  33. What a wonderful love story.

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  35. I LOVE They Might Be Giants, Birdhouse in My Soul! Perfect!

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  36. the prequel is always better. youza lucky people. 😉

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  37. Very brave of you. Not so sure I would be telling the how we met story. Perhaps some of the others, but not necessarily. I already am accused of being a porn site at least three times a week.
    Red.

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  38. Awwwwwww. This is really cute! I can’t stop smiling!!!

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  39. Reblogged this on April Laugh's Blog.

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  40. I’m glad you reposted this. I’d read it before and loved it. Good stories are worth re-reading! Thanks!

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