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Valentine’s Day: A Little Office Romance

For the next couple of days, my admirer did everything he could to get my attention. “Which session are you going to?” he’d query prior to committing to one himself.  “Oh Alex, I saved you a seat for lunch.” “Some of us are going to the hot tub later. I hope I’ll see you there.” One evening, we were all in the hotel lounge and he insisted on buying me a drink. He proceeded to invade my space so thoroughly that I was practically doing a backbend over the bar. That’s when Jim stepped in.

“You promised me a dance!” he cried, grabbing my hand and pulling me away. On the dance floor, he immediately asked, “What the hell?” I practically cried as I explained what had been going on. “All right,” he told me. “I’ll take care of it.” For the rest of the conference Jim ran interference, effectively putting himself between my suitor and me.

I was grateful. And, I was enchanted.

Back at the office, we became even better friends. Then I was offered a job elsewhere and resigned. When our company counter-offered and I decided to stay, Jim joked, “Too bad, because I was going to ask you out.” I joked back, “Too bad because I would have said yes.”

A few weeks later, Jim had a party and invited a bunch of work people. He took me up to the roof to “see the harbor.” One thing led to another, and by the time we came down, the other guests had gone. We had a secret office romance for several months (although fraternization wasn’t strictly forbidden, neither of us wanted to live in a fishbowl), then I did end up leaving the company and we were able to go public. We eventually moved in together and two years later we were married.

Jim likes to joke that we never had a first date. I think we had something better. After all, how many ambitious career women in the 1980s get rescued by a bona fide knight in shining armor?

And mine even sings and dances.


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  • Andrea February 13, 2016 at 7:53 am

    Lovely story. Wishing u a happy V day!

  • Mickey February 12, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    This is a beautiful and touching story. I love it and love its continuation into a beautiful future together. Thank you so much. Happy V day to you both!