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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Everyone Knew but Him’

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Tiny Love Stories: ‘Everyone Knew but Him’


I owned a small laundromat known as “The Laundromat” on Hearth Island. Carol walked in with musty sheets and towels from her share home. I quoted her $48.50 (this was in 1976). “I’m from the Bronx,” she stated. “I don’t pay $48.50 for laundry. I’m going to the opposite place.” She left in a huff, returning solely an hour later, all matted, sizzling and irritated. “There isn’t any different place,” she stated. “I do know,” I replied, “however I couldn’t let you know as a result of I do know you wouldn’t have believed me.” And that’s how I met my pricey spouse of 43 years. — Rick Kushner

I used to be 7 or 8 once I first felt drawn to different women. I dreamed of falling in love with a lady. However I belonged to an evangelical church and didn’t suppose it was doable. I married a person at 25, hoping it might be sufficient. However goals don’t simply die. After I met Liz, 24 years of marriage and three kids later, my soul woke up. Now, on the age of 64, I’m genuinely free. Free to be seen as I’m, not as I pretended to be. Free to expertise a love that wildly surpasses my dream. — Kim Stamp

September 2020, Hanoi, Vietnam: Leigh (American-Belgian, worldwide literature trainer) and Kamil (Polish-Vietnamese, M.M.A. fighter/martial arts coach). I used to be so lonely. He wasn’t. I wanted a sport to get me out of my deep despair. It labored. Over two years of sparring classes and board sport nights, I fell in love with each martial arts and Kamil. Everybody knew however him. In February, 2022, Kamil’s relationship wasn’t figuring out, Russia had invaded Ukraine, every part felt tenuous. A pal requested him, “Why don’t you exit with Leigh?” He did. One yr later, I requested him to marry me. He’ll. — Leigh Redemer

I used to be days away from giving start however nonetheless working. Somebody stated my title. I seemed as much as see my first real love staring down at me. “What are you doing right here?” I requested. He replied that he was on the town for work, on a lunch break and was decided to seek out me (in 1982 workplaces had been far much less safe). We solely visited for 5 minutes, however I knew then that this man would all the time occupy a spot in my coronary heart. All through my daughter’s life, 41 years later, he and I nonetheless keep in contact. It’s a particular friendship. — Amy Lamy


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