How We Met – a 30 Year Love Story

love storyThis is the story of Teressa and Art.  It’s been 30 years in the making, but it’s okay, it’s a love story.

Art and I went to the same high school.  He was a grade ahead of me.  I was in the concert choir and he ran the sound system for our vocal music workshop (80’s version of Glee), but we had never met.

Then, towards the end of the school year, we both wound up on the same bus for choir tour to Canada.  Art says it was love at first sight, when he saw me in this outfit:

me1982I can’t help but look at this photo and wonder what I was thinking, LOL.

When I first saw Art, I wasn’t sure what to make of him.  He was playing a video game on the ferry from Washington to Canada:


 We spent a little time together that day, talking about silly stuff and hanging out with our group of friends.  That evening, we got back on the ferry for our return trip.  Art and I walked alone around the outside deck to the front of the boat.  The wind was blowing right across us and in my flimsy pink Members Only jacket, I was freezing.

Art looked at me, concerned and asked, “What’s wrong?”

I hugged myself and said, “I’m cold.”  He put his arm around me and the next thing I knew we were boyfriend and girlfriend.  He told me later that a girl mentioning she was cold was the universal signal for “please put your arm around me.”

Anyway, a few breakups, a marriage, two babies and 30 years later, here we are, (mostly) happily married for 25 years.

What’s your love story?  I’d love it if you would share it in the comments below.

5 Unique Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas for Him

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it, so it is time to think about what kind of gift you want to get for your guy. Believe it or not, women are not the only ones who love receiving gifts on this romantic holiday; men love it too. It is important to really put thought into the gift you buy him to show him how much you love and care for him. Here are five unique Valentine’s Day gift ideas for him.

A Nice Bottle of Whiskey

If your man likes drinking whiskey, consider getting him a nice bottle that he can enjoy. Do not just buy him the cheapest brand you can find; spend the money on a more expensive bottle. Go to your local liquor store and ask one of the employees to help you pick out the best bottle of whiskey that the store carries.

Sports Equipment

A lot of men love to play sports, even when they get older. If your guy is pretty athletic and into sports, you should think about getting him sports equipment for Valentine’s Day. For example, if he enjoys tennis, consider getting him a couple of new rackets so that the two of you can play together.

Professional Massage

What guy wouldn’t love to receive a massage from a professional for his Valentine’s Day gift? Consider buying your man an hour long massage at one of the massage parlours in your area. He can spend the hour just relaxing as the massage therapist tackles all his pressure points. When the massage is done, he will feel so relaxed and happy.

Concert Tickets

If your guy loves music, getting him concert tickets for Valentine’s Day is a great idea. Think about the type of music he enjoys and buy him a pair of concert tickets to a concert you know he wants to see. If you do not like the band, encourage him to go with one of his guy friends. He will love it even more if you do not pressure him to use the extra ticket on you.

Self Portrait

Giving your man a self-portrait is a very simple gift idea, but it is also one of the more thoughtful. He can put a framed photo of you next to his bed so that he can wake up to your pretty face each morning. If you do not have any decent photos of yourself, ask a friend to take a nice picture of you. You can also consider taking a professional photo with a photographer. It will cost you a little extra money, but it will be worth it. Also, make sure to put it in a beautiful frame. For example, you can try to find a frame that has the words “I love you” written on it.Whether you decide to get your man a self-portrait or sports equipment for Valentine’s Day, he will love it. As long as your gift comes from the heart, he will not care how much money you spent on it.

About the author: 

Kanya O’Brien writes several blogs that attracts readers from a broad region. She provides advice to both genders about unique gift and date ideas that surprise partners. She recently suggested Flowers For Everyone to be a reputable online florist in Australia as she has received positive feedback about their services.