Sunday, March 17, 2013

The Backstory {chapitre un}

[2008]
Today is my third wedding anniversary and as it is, I feel like the time has finally come to tell you the story of how The Husband became The Husband, as in, how I met a French boy named Gregory and followed him back to France. I need to warn you though, this won't be any wham, bam, thank you ma'am kind of post. This is going to be a long one, because how we met was kismet, and since you can't rush kismet, I have to tell you all of it, all of the itty bitty gritty details, because the kismet was in the details. So this will be part one, of an as yet to be determined number of parts.

It was Friday the 28th of November, 2008. Because it was a Friday I was working, but because I had a butt load of vacation days left to take before the end of the year, I took a half day to do some Christmas shopping. As I was walking out of the office, my coworkers reminded me that there was a drink thing that night at Dicey's (there was always an after work drinks thing). I told them that I would see them there, but inside I was pretty sure I wouldn't. The last thing I wanted to do after an afternoon of shopping would be to turn around and head right back into town. No, it was definitely a Chinese takeaway/ DVD/ bottle of wine kind of night.

So why then a little after 7PM did I find myself sitting in traffic heading back into town? The answer is kismet. Here's the thing, not only was I headed back into town, which was basically something I never did (if I was already out that was one thing, but to go home after work and then go back out, no way. That's what Saturdays were for) plus, it was raining. All signs normally pointed to staying in. Clearly Mr. Destiny had other ideas because unbeknownst to me at the time, there was a French boy who had moved to Dublin only three days before, just waiting to meet me. Only he didn't know it yet either.

I arrived at Dicey Reilly's beer garden and met up with everybody. They were already two hours into pints and Jägerbombs... not the best for conversation and it didn't take me long to remember why I didn't really enjoy these things. And then I got a text. It was from my brother's girlfriend. She was asking me if I wanted to pop over for a drink. Me being on Harcourt Street and her being not too far away at their apartment on Pembroke, I decided to abandon my coworkers, and skedaddled on over to Ballsbridge (that's where Pembroke Road is).

But here's the thing... as I was leaving, everyone was asking me why I was going, and made me promise that I would return. So I promised, but with my fingers crossed. Because why oh why would I leave a bar, only to return to it a couple of hours later. Because it was kismet.

And that's where our story leaves off for today.
Stay tuned for part two of our backstory. 

bisou
 

37 comments:

  1. I just can't handle the wait!!!!!!! You, heart teaser!!!! Happy anniversary les lovebirds!!

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  2. Can't wait to read ...
    Happy Anniversary!
    Bisous, Babi

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  3. okay,,
    just give me part II (til the end) immediately!!!

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  4. This is worse than "who killed JR?" happy anniversary!

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  5. Happy Anniversary!
    That's a great pic of the two of you :)
    So can't wait to read the entire story - please post the rest soon ;)

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  6. I love 'how we met' stories like that- if you had been five minutes later, if you had decided not to go out that night, etc. you wouldn't have met, as opposed to 'we were neighbors' or 'we were in the same class'....

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  7. You know, I don't think I've heard this whole story. Looking forward to all the gory details!

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  8. Ooh, so sweet! Even the beginning. Looking forward to hearing more, too. Happy anniversary to you both!

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  9. You're a tease! My meeting with MrFD was kismet also - my first day working at a school was his last day volunteering there...Another day and we'd never have met. Our 28th wedding anniversary is in May.

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  10. Can't wait for the rest of the story!

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  11. Oh what a cliff hanger! Can I borrow you to go drinking with please, this never happens to me. Or maybe I need to move to Dublin...

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  12. Thanks for the cliff hanger ;) Happy Anniversary and St. Patrick's day!

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  13. Aww, I can't wait to read more about your story! :) I love the way it started! Happy anniversary!

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  14. Oh hooray!! I know the basics but I really, really need to know the whole thing. And wow are you pulling us all along... :)

    Happy Anniversary! You are one beautiful couple!!!
    Bisous,
    H

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  15. Agreed with all, love the cliffhanger! Happy anniversary and can't wait to hear the rest!

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  16. I read few posts on this site and I conceive that your web site is very interesting

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  17. Bonne aniversaire (spelling, I'm better in Spanish-feliz aniversario!)

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  18. you can't rush kismet and you sure can't rush the story of how a texas girl meets a french boy in an irish bar. can't wait for the next installment.....(and how timely as today is st. patty's day!)

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  19. i have no idea what kismet is but apparently it/he is WAY better than kismet and i need to meet it/him ASAP. what i do know is that you need to get your little LPV butt back in the computer chair and finish this story...because i'm curious...and apparently kind of a brat :)

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  20. Happy anniversary! Give us more, soon!

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  21. Things that were my jam about this post:
    1) Love stories are the ish. ANY time. Excited for part deux (duex?) already.
    2) there's a place there called BALLSbridge. Ha! ; )

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  22. Cliffhanger! Can't wait to read some more. xo

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  23. Ohhh you already have me on the edge of my seat, so excited you're finally sharing this story!

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  24. Oooh the intrigue!! Happy Anniversary!

    Lx

    www.whatlisawrote.blogspot.co.uk

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  25. Happy Anniversary! Mine is today, the 18th :) 24 yrs. Time does fly!
    Cortne
    cocoinmagnolia.com

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  26. Hope you both had a good weekend celebrating...
    Ivan

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  27. Happy anniversary (it is happy, isn't it?) and this is sounding very familiar. Mrs Awesome also promised to come back to the party and knowing how such things go, I didn't hold up much hope of seeing her again but destiny does as destiny does.

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  28. Aww this is so lovely! Looking forward to reading the rest of your story- I love knowing it has a happy ending haha! xx

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  29. How sweet, I didn't read these in order, but can't wait to finish the series! ;) Happy Anniversary!

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  30. Ohhh I am excited about hearing this story!!!

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  31. What a lovely story, I feel compelled to follow you now, I have joined your blog, could I ask you to join mine at http://france-ourlifeinfrance.blogspot.fr/ thank you in advance - Roz

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  32. Happy anniversary!!! xxx

    www.todaymyway.com

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  33. HAPPY HAPPY 3RD ANNIVERSARY! The only good thing in catching up on your posts is that I can go read #2 AND #3 now xoxo

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