Monday, February 22, 2010

Lucky Thirteen

Some of you wanted to know why I like the number thirteen (seen at the bottom of this post ).  Well, long, long ago in a far off land....oh wait - that's a fairy tale.....

Back in 1983 before there was internet dating (back when you had to walk barefoot in the snow ten miles one way to school), one of the TV stations here did a segment on a magazine called the Atlanta Singles Magazine.  I immediately thought "what kind of weirdos advertise in a magazine"?  But then of course my curiosity got the better of me and I had to go and buy one (a magazine, not a weirdo) to see.  All of the ads on the left side pages were from men and all of the ads on the right sides pages were from women.  I would say 98% of the men wanted a perfect ten (anyone remember that old movie?) who loved to party and that just wasn't me.  I had been a single mom for ten years and just wasn't the party-girl type.

So I had been reading some of the ads to my girlfriend and came across one that actually sounded like a normal person to me LOL  She dared me to write to him and the rest is history.  The way it worked was you wrote a letter, sealed it in an envelope, wrote a code number on the front, and put the envelope and one dollar into another envelope addressed to the magazine.  The magazine would forward the letters to the proper person and then it was up to them to contact you or not.  I had put my phone number in the letter (again, this was back in the olde days before email).  Not long after, my phone rang and someone named Jack (what kind of irony is that considering I'm Jill?) introduced himself.  We talked for hours in the evenings for a week or so and then made arrangements to meet.  After that first meeting we had a date and I can tell you I was still a little nervous even after all that talking - in the back of my mind was "what if he's really an axe murderer".  My hand was on that car door handle the whole way on that first date just in case I had to open the door and throw myself out LOL

Oh yes, back to lucky thirteen - we first met on a Friday the 13th.  We also married on a Friday the 13th.  And until the recession hit so hard, that wonderful axe murderer Jack brought me flowers on the 13th of every month for over 25 years.  So here's to what was and here's to what is and here's to lucky thirteen!

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  1. Love this! Particularly because I placed an ad in a Singles Magazine YEARS ago myself... To lucky 13!!!

  2. O my goodness!! How romantic!! I love your story. I can tell Ash now that Fairey Tales DO come true :) Give your hubby hug for me and tell him even James Bond couldn't out do him!

  3. What a lovely story. I remember that a magazine like that came out where I was living years ago and I worked in an office next door to the editor of that little mag. He put me (as he saw me) in the issue...I was not happy...nor was my second husband!!! LOL That is so cool that you and Jack met that way! How fun! Pepper

  4. What a sweet love-story...Blessings

  5. Thank you for sharing your sweet story, Jill! Love stories like these are so inspiring...

  6. Hi Jill!
    Great Story my dear!

    Thank you thank you thank you for my fun little Brooche! I got the package on Monday (along with your other goodies)Too fun!

    I'm going to post all my goodies on my blog once they arrive with links back to the generous givers! Lucky me! Enjoy your day!


  7. What a lovely story, thanks for making me smile on a regular snowy Friday:-)

  8. I will never forget sitting at your dining table and you saying to Jack if you should tell us how you met....I thought you were going to say he was a criminal or something and you met him in (girls....he is the nicest man!!!) xxxRobby

  9. Well that turned out well.HAHAHA
    No really, that is so sweet. So many of those meetings through ads turn out to be horror tales you laugh about years later.
    Larry and I got married on a Friday the 13th. It turned out lucky for us too.

  10. how very sweet... love it Jill ♥

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