Thursday, February 22, 2007

Reunion story, part II

Blogger just made me switch to the beta version. How fascist of them! I'll get over it, though. Maybe this one has some nifty new features.

So my friend, L, the woman who is getting back together with her Edinburgh boyfriend of auld lang syne, sent me her story:

Victor and I met in 1977 in a disco in Edinburgh, Scotland. I was a philosophy student at the university, from Wisconsin. Victor, from Kilmarnock in the West of Scotland, was working on an oil rig and had a cute apartment where we gave dinner parties. He was, and is, a superb cook. We had a trip to Paris after I graduated, and to London where we got matching tattoos on our feet, and a road trip to the "low Highlands." Then, I returned home to the Midwest, and went on to New York and a job at The New Yorker, and Victor began working as a photographer in Edinburgh. I always knew that Victor would do very well, and he has. On the web I saw that he'd won awards. He has two daughters, 12 and 21. He contacted me by email at the start of last year and said his 25-year marriage had (sadly) ended. And I wasn't involved with anybody. Over the course of lots of phone calls we decided he should visit me in New York. Planning that, he suggested we plan a second trip right away, for later in the summer, to France. When he got out of the cab in New York it was the first time we saw each other in nearly thirty years. We were both worried we were going to cry, but fortunately we kept our heads. Last summer was a revelation. For as long as we can we're going to try to live in both places, mine in New York and his in Edinburgh.


Last night, I dreamed there were kittens on my head. I pulled one of them off successfully, but the other was too attached to budge. D asked me how I would interpret this: are you too attached? too constricted? I have no idea. I do like cats lately, though.

And in other news, Marcia Cross (also known as Bree Hodge on Desperate Housewives) had twins in real life. She's 44. Congratulations, Marcia :)


Liz said...

Tattoos on their feet- ouch!

What a great story.

Bearette24 said...

That reminds me...when I took yoga with her, I didn't notice the tattoos. Maybe they're on the soles of her feet?

His suzy said...

What a neat story! I wonder if she's met his kids yet? It must be awesome to go back and forth between NY and Edinburgh. Scotland is just so beautiful - I'm jealous! lol

Waspgoddess said...

That's a wonderful story, I feel like crying... they hadn't seen each other for 30 years.... that's amazing. Thank you (and thank them) for telling the story.

Kittens on the head, hmmm... a friend of mine dreamt several years ago that she gave birth to baby rabbits! She was very broody at the time. Perhaps you are too..?

Bearette24 said...

Suzy - but so is Canada, right? ;)

WG - that's insightful of you, i do happen to be broody :)

Roxanne said...

That is such a wonderful story. It almost qualifies as Tom Hanks/Meg Ryan status. ;)

It's great that they could compromise with the living situation.

Kittens on the head. Hmmmm. I'll have to think about that one.

Brynne said...

Twins at 44, I am sooo over that.

bdogg_mcgee said...

What a wonderful story!!

You know, my mom & stepdad have a similar one--they dated all through high school, and broke up their senior year.

They both married different people, and when my mom & dad divorced, we moved to Houston, where my stepdad was living (coincidentally,) and they reunited.

They always told me that when they saw each other again after 15 years that it was just as breathtaking as the first day they met, and my mom says she still gets excited when my stepdad comes home every night.

My mom & stepdad will celebrate their 25th anniversary this August.

Bearette24 said...

That's sweet :)