An interrupted romance

Here’s a lovely story from the New York Times (yes, it has some nice stuff, especially if it’s not editorialized news). It’s about a man and woman who had a romance, but then agreed to part and meet five years later on the steps of New York’s Public Library, next to the “uptown lion”. Time passed, there were other relationships and obstacles, but the meeting finally took place. I’ll let you read about it yourself, but it’s a heartwarmer, and very well written.

Have a good weekend.


  1. rickflick
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:19 pm | Permalink


  2. Randall Schenck
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    Good story. I think the moral is, don’t get in a hurry and don’t marry young. You have to wait until it is time on both sides, at least that is the story I’m pushing.

    • infiniteimprobabilit
      Posted August 24, 2019 at 2:06 am | Permalink

      I agree, certainly about the ‘don’t marry too young’.

      I was in a, ahem, enthusiastic relationship with my wife from the day we met. About three years later we decided we might as well get married, but only after we’d bought a house (the price of houses was going up a lot faster than the price of weddings). That was 35 years ago. We’re still in the same house and still married.

      Not sure what ‘rules’ to derive from that, other than ‘whatever floats your boat’. 😉


  3. Blue
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    Also, a(nother) moral is … …
    … … do not mawwy.

    Mawwiage simply idn’t necessary.
    At all. E v e r.

    It is an androcentric / patriarchal deal
    very, very much along the controlling lines of … …


    • Posted August 23, 2019 at 2:08 pm | Permalink

      I’ve been advocating for the seven year contract. After that, re-up or part ways 🙂

      • BobTerrace
        Posted August 23, 2019 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

        Some people would work out better at seven weeks.

  4. Ken Kukec
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

    Dang, I was relieved to see that Ms. Kaplan didn’t get run over by a car on her way to the rendezvous like Deborah Kerr going to meet Cary Grant at the top of the Empire State Building in An Affair to Remember.

  5. 355101pkl
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

    Their story is also emotionally overwhelming for anyone who has ever worked for a Public Library. Having lived through many years of changing technology at first lending Books then Tapes then CD’s and even downloads and then finally getting made redundant.
    The belief that Public Libraries are eternal is indeed as heart warming as romance between the stacks

  6. BobTerrace
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like “Sleepless in Seattle” 1993
    which is like “an Affair to Remember”1957
    which is like “Love Affair” 1939.

    All about a couple meeting again atop the Empire State Building.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted August 23, 2019 at 2:07 pm | Permalink

      Jeez, Bob, you forgot the 1994 Warren Beatty-Annette Bening re-make, Love Affair.

      But then, so have most cinéastes, too. 🙂

  7. Teresa Carson
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

    I saw that story this morning and was sucked in by the title. Five years after I met my husband, I moved halfway across the country to live with him and four years after that we got married. Waiting was definitely right for us.

    • Randall Schenck
      Posted August 23, 2019 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

      There you go. What did I say? Whatever it was I must have been right.

  8. Charles Sawicki
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    Great story! Not the usual way people find each other.

  9. Ken Pidcock
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    “You’re trying to live your life like a movie. Real life doesn’t work like that.”

    If that’s what you think, you haven’t been paying much attention to real life!

  10. Posted August 23, 2019 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Lucky to be lucky in love… 35yrs hasn’t dimminished but strengthed, very lucky.

  11. Sabine Stevens
    Posted August 23, 2019 at 4:41 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for sharing. What a day brightened.

    • Glenda Palmer
      Posted August 23, 2019 at 6:27 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, me too.

  12. Posted August 23, 2019 at 6:07 pm | Permalink

    A very nice story. But it did leave me wondering. What was the deal with Mom?

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