Ace of Hearts ~ Five Photos/Five Stories 1

Ace of Hearts

There’s always a story behind how couples get together and I took this photo as it reminded me of this day in 1982 as it was the day that hubby captured my heart.

We had known each other through tennis for a good few years but a few weeks before the Tramore Open Tennis Championships that year I discovered that my brother with whom I normally played mixed doubles wasn’t going to be around so I boldly asked Adrian if he would partner me.

We didn’t hit it off on the tennis court; in fact we were a disastrous combination as our temperaments are totally different. Thankfully, we were beaten very early on in the week but I managed to scramble into the final of the singles.

I was up against a very tough opponent and said to Adrian that if I lost I’d be delighted if he would come for a swim in the sea after the match to cool me down.

I was absolutely annihilated and turned to him after the defeat and said: How about that swim?

It was a gorgeous sunny day and we drove down to the beach and ran into the waves.  I took it that he was a water baby like me as he seemed perfectly at home in the ocean.

After the swim, we passed a little seaside shop that had a kiddies’ machine outside with sweets and beaded bracelets in it. I’ve always had a thing about beaded bracelets so being the gentleman he is, he handed me the coin for the machine and lo and behold a brightly coloured bracelet fell into the slot.

We headed back to the tennis club for the presentation and there was a definite sense of romance in the air.

We saw little of each other for for quite a few months after that and I went to America for three months at the beginning of 1983. I sent him what I thought was a well-chosen postcard.

Soon after I got back from the States,  I met him down town in his car one lunchtime. I sat in and asked him if he’d got my postcard. He gave me a disgruntled look and showed me the torn up shreds of the postcard which were in the side pocket of the car door. He said something like: ‘I thought you would have done better than three lines on a postcard.’ 

We’re still chalk and cheese but will be married 24 years next month. Yes, I still have the bracelet; and, no, he’s certainly not the water baby I thought he was.  In fact, I don’t think he’s been for a swim in the sea since this day 33 years ago.

I’d like to thank Willow for nominating me for the Five Photos Five Stories Challenge.

Here are the rules for the “Five Photos Five Stories” challenge: “Post a photo each day for five consecutive days and attach a story to the photo. It can be fiction or non-fiction, a poem or a short paragraph and each day nominate another blogger for the challenge.

My first nomination for the challenge is Lauren over at Baydreamer


Author: socialbridge

I am a sociologist and writer from Ireland. I have worked as a social researcher for 30 years and have had a lifelong passion for writing. My main research interests relate to health care and I love to write both non-fiction and poetry.

28 thoughts on “Ace of Hearts ~ Five Photos/Five Stories 1”

  1. Love comes at the least expected moments…what an interesting story as to how you met your hubby..Remember the song by Mickey and Sylvia…”Love Is Strange”…

  2. I love your story, Jean, and I’m always intrigued by how couples meet and begin their lives together. What your husband said about the postcard made me smile, too! Thanks for thinking of me in this challenge. I’ll try it and it’s funny, I’m doing something similar on fb with poetry. I’ll have to give it some thought but watch for a post soon. Have a terrific Tuesday! xx

    1. Tara, I can hardly believe my eyes that I’m being mentioned in the same sentence as Maeve. I adored her and wrote to her once to thank her for all the enjoyment she brought us. She sent a lovely card back that was so, so warm.

      1. It really was, though. It had the same sunny, evocative tone as Maeve. I’m not surprised she was warm. Sounds like she should have got an award for all-round loveliness (as long as it didn’t take away from her writing genius!)

  3. Maeve is my favourite author (so sad she is no more…) and I agree with Tara, this does read like one of hers.
    Thank you so much for sharing your story. I adore reading the “how we met” ones!

  4. Lovely story, Jean… Thank you so much for sharing this. And I have to agree with Dale, I adore reading “how we met”-stories too.

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