Calendar Cat July 2018 / Breaking Personal News–LOVE!

Scooby is the Calendar Cat for July 2018.  The Calendar received late last year was made by and sent as a gift by my love  Christine and Spike
Thanks again Christine! She sends me them every year. The rhododendrons bloomed in the spring and are flowerless now; and, of course the photo is from 2017!

Scooby July Calendar Cat

Scooby July Calendar Cat

Breaking Personal News!

Christine asked me to write this post today. The breaking news story today is the story of Greg and Christine and how they found love.

In the 1980’s I was stationed for a number of years in the US Air Force in the UK in East Anglia. I spent a month on assignment in Scotland. Flash forward–About nine years ago I started a blog called “GW’s Cat Corner”. It was my first attempt at blogging. Christine, who lives in Scotland, also began a blog about her cat Spike. By accident (if you believe in accidents) we each became the first follower on each other’s blogs. Christine was more clever at the blogging technicalities than I so she helped me catch up. We became friends. We talked blogs and cats.

Meanwhile, my wife was home dying of cancer. I took care of her. Before very long she passed. Christine was sorry and was a kind, caring person, and helped talk me through the grief to some extent. As time passed, we began sharing family and personal photographs, and exchanging cards and letters, and, of course, the calendars she sent me.  For years she sent them. When I finally asked why, she said, “So that every time I flip the page, I would think of her.”  Little did I know that when I received the one shown today, I would be writing this story.

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Christine’s cat caldendars made for me

As the years went by, I always looked forward to getting an email or something else from her. I did not seem to be interested in other women, as I always thought they were not as good as Christine, so I was not interested. I cannot say exactly when I fell in love with her, but I am guessing as early as 2012 is a possibility when I look at the photos of herself she sent me. Of course, I could never admit such a thing to her, as she would think I was a stalker or some kind of crazy person!

Year after year I remained silent, but I would give her subtle clues. The first thing I did was start sending her picture postcards. I still send them today as she likes them. She kept every card from the very first one. In fact she kept every single thing I ever sent from the very first.  She also told me last week she kept every email I ever sent! I also kept every thing she ever sent me in a special box. as she did mine.  Neither one of us can explain why we did that in the very beginning, but we did. Coincidence? Christine also would say or send me things that were subtle clues to her feelings. We never quite picked up the signals we sent each other, but we had suspicions. We spent New Years Eve 2018 together virtually. I was on the verge of cracking and ending my silence, but I didn’t! I couldn’t risk losing her!

I will give Christine full credit for what she did next, and I am so glad she did. Without telling what, just let me say she said something that forced me into having to reveal my feelings for her. In an email, I told her her I loved her, and I had loved her for years, and I was afraid to tell her as I feared I would lose her. I hoped this wouldn’t affect our friendship. A few moments later, I got an email back saying, she was just the same. She loved me for years, and was afraid and shy of saying anything for fear she would lose me!

We both felt like teenagers again in love, and the internet was smoking with our communications. We both now had a hopeful future to look forward to in life. February I asked her on the telephone to marry me, sight unseen, and she said, “Yes!” You know what they say, “Go big, or go home!”

We have talked about where we are going to live, and at the moment it looks like I am going to try to immigrate to Scotland. Remember the second sentence of this story? I was in Scotland in the 80’s within 40 miles of Christine’s house! Do you believe in coincidences? I know what it is like to live there. My cats will not be coming. The plane trip is too long to be safe, and 4 months in British quarantine is too cruel. A family member will have them all together.

All this is predicated on British Immigration approving my visa. None of this is going to be easy.  The first step required is we need to meet each other and have as much face time as possible, and document it to prove we are not just making a sham marriage in order to enter the country. We are both desperate for face time. Waiting is painful literally! Christine wants to visit me first, and I agreed, so I must wait until she is able to get the time off and arrange to fly out here. So I wait. And she waits.  After her visit, I will fly over to Scotland for more visitation time. We have nine years invested in this relationship, and we have no doubts of each other’s love, or what the outcome of our first meeting will be.

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    1. And I can’t believe you actually FOUND this post! It is sliding down into obscurity. That is why I made it a “page” on my blog and Christine’s blog. We are both committed to giving this story a happy ending. Thanks for your good wishes.

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    1. Thanks for your visit and comment. Nine years ago I would never have guessed we would end up in the situation we are in now. We were not looking for love. We were just two lonely people passing the time blogging. Before I deleted it, I backed up my first blog, and can still read Christine’s first comments there. I copied and sent them to her. It seems like yesterday when we read them. . .

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    1. Thank you. We have only gotten positive responses since we went public on the net and also with our family and friends. It is a nine year story and impossible to condense into one page. We need a screenwriter. I wonder if Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan are available again? Thanks again.

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  1. Oh, what good news! Your story gave me a lift on a dreary day – it’s winter here in New Zealand.
    Belated congratulations to you both. (I recently took a break from the blogosphere, and though I’m back into posting I’m way behind on my blog reading.) I do hope all goes well for you.

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    1. NZ. Why did I think you were in England or France? I am always interested where people are writing from but sad to say it is not always obvious, and sometimes impossible to divine. Thanks for the congratulations. Our lives are both 100 times more complicated than before, and great hurdles remain. It took enough time just to get this far!

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  2. How lovely! Because of the comments you both left on each other’s blog posts I had my suspicions! I agree that is a long flight for the cats. However, I recently checked into moving my cats to England with me if I decided to go back there. From the US to the UK you get a pet passport for each animal and there is no quarantine required. But you do still have that long flight. I decided if I was going to move I would have to fly first class and buy them each a seat! I couldn’t leave my cats behind so that was one consideration in my decision to remain in the US for the time being at least. It is still an option I’m leaving open. There are no coincidences, you were meant to be. I’ve heard of other stories similar to this. Best wishes to you both.

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    1. Thanks Roslyn. We both heard stories of people falling for each other on the internet. We were not looking. Never thought it would happen to us. Thinking about the cats is premature at the moment. Things are “fluid”. Yes, if you followed me comments around the internet, or went back far enough, you would have twigged on what was up long ago. Might tone down our comments to each other a bit. Thanks for your wishes, and good information on cat entry.

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  3. Greg, congratulations to you and Christine. What a happy history of your relationship, starting with cats, friendship and love. Hope we hear the progression as you and Christine meet and satisfy immigration requirements. And we’ll continue to see photos of your cat families. Happy 4th. 🇺🇸 Christine

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  4. Congratulations. This is one of the best things I have read in months. I don’t know either of you, but I am so happy for you! I hope everything works out with your visits and the immigration process. And it’s wonderful you have a family member who is able to take all the kitties.

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  5. Ohhh how I LOVE THIS STORY!!!!!! I am sooo happy for you both! I believe in life there are NO coincidences, everything happened the way it was supposed to. I met my husband online in 2000 (not in a dating site)………we married in 2006…………I wish you both many, many happy years together!!!

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  6. Wow, I missed this update! Congratulations on finding love again! You deserve to be happy. I’m sorry about the cats, but am very glad you have someone who will care for them. I imagine it was a difficult decision but made with love.Best wishes and check in when you can.

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  7. Greg and Christine; wishing you BOTH all the happiness life as to offer and then some ……it’s fate; it’s meant to be; coincidence ?? I think destiny. And who knows; maybe you both will be living in some place besides Scotland or the US…..and maybe all the cats will be living with you as well…… ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

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  8. That’s really romantic, what a love story and I am wishing you all the best for the future. There you can see it’s never to late…for love and for a new beginning.

    Too bad that’s so complicated with animals, but good to hear that you will have a lovlngly new home for them.

    Greetings to you

    N☼va

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  9. Love the calendar with Scooby! What a marvelous love story! It’s sad about your kitties, but as they will well cared for, that’s probably for the best. Wishing you and Christine every happiness!

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  10. It’s wonderful to read the full story here.
    My best wishes to both of you.
    I also wish you luck with the immigration process and many wonderful years together.
    Always your friend,
    Michelle and Diavolo and Sunshine

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  11. I am so happy for you. That is a sweet story. My heart is breaking for your kitties though. I am glad they will all be together, but I am sure they will be missing you. I hope you can still give us updates on them from time to time. Congratulations to you and Christine.

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