Valentine’s Day Love Story

In anticipation of Valentine’s Day which is right around the corner, I thought I would share with everyone my romantic love story.  When I was 17 and at one of those notorious high-school-friend parties, I met the love of my life.  He was 19 and oh so tall and handsome!  We spent many wonderful years together during which the Draft for Vietnam loomed darkly.  Finally, Teddy, decided to enlist in the Navy to try to avoid Vietnam.  Off he went to Basic Training and then was stationed on an aircraft carrier for 2 ½ years.  He was just about to come home on his first long leave (30 days) after 3 years when his leave was cancelled and he had three days to report to Vallejo, California, for Special Forces training to be on a River Patrol Boat in Vietnam.  Of course, we were shattered.  I was able to spend time with him during his training but always the dark shadow of Vietnam loomed.  We were engaged to be married and so afraid of what the next year would bring.  As it turned out, Teddy survived the long, frightening year in Vietnam but our relationship did not.  Due to family and other outside influences, we didn’t get married.  I have to tell you, though, that I loved him all my life.  I thought of him every day over the last 40 years and when I was at my darkest, I would sit down and write him a letter pouring my heart out (of course, I never mailed the letters).  We both married others and lived our lives as best we could.  Two years ago, after I had been divorced  for several years and I knew that Teddy was also divorced, I sent him a birthday card.  It took a while but he finally contacted me.  At first, we just talked for hours on the telephone and made plans to get together.  As time went by we realized just how much we really did belong together but here I was in California and Teddy was in Florida.  Hence the 5, 6, 7 hour daily phone calls for four long months.  So, we started to plan a trip driving from Florida to California.  It would take 2 ½ weeks and we would go through Alabama, Louisanna, Texas, New Mexico & Colorado.    I can tell you that it was magical.  By the end of the trip we knew that we should have never been apart and that we wanted to spend the rest of our lives together!  Today, Teddy and I are partners at the Old Monterey Inn and we both glow with happiness.  On November 2, 2009, we had dinner at Fandango to celebrate what would have been our 40th wedding anniversary.   We can testify that storybook romances do happen and people can feel an overwhelming love and connection.  Romance is definitely always in the air at the Old Monterey Inn!

6 thoughts on “Valentine’s Day Love Story

  1. this story makes me want to stay at the inn for my honeymoon this year even more 🙂 how wonderful.

  2. Thank you Patty for sharing such a beautiful and touching story! I am so happy for you; it could not have happened to a nicer lady. I now cannot wait to meet Teddy… he must be quite a fellow!

  3. Omg.I so love hearing romantic stories,it really touched my heart.Michael and I canot wait to come there and meet you.We have a similar story minus the military.haha.I love the hotel and am looking forward to this romantic beach bonfire… cya soon.

  4. So….THEODORE you old dawg!!!!!

    L. J. told me about you and your Lady. CONGRATULATIONS!!!! Bet you didn’t figure you’d hear from me!!!

    I’m going back to Holland at the end of April for a while.

    Tony Pena passed away this week.

    You now have my email address……….write to me.

    My congratulations to both of you. Post a pic!


  5. Love this….we are making reservations for our honeymoon here in Feb. and we have a similar story- about 34 years ago we dated, but the timing wasn’t right. Later, after we were both married and had children, we were connected through our spouses working together, but never told them anything. We just saw each other a few times while our spouses chatted.

    My husband passed away 5 years ago, and Pat was reeling from a divorce….he came to the memorial service, gave me a hug, and it was wonderful to see him. A year later he saw my name on a business card and contacted me, asked if could take me out to lunch. I was exhausted and still mourning, so we didn’t make any other plans to get together. Four months later, I decided I’d like to go on a walk with him, talk and that’s the beginning of our love story 2nd time around…

    Wonderful to hear how people can reconnect. Something to be grateful for and cherish.