Christine & Greg

Christine asked me to write about our relationship and post the true story on both of our blogs, so our readers would know. Originally posted as part of a blog post in July 2018, I turned the post into this page. I live in the USA and Christine lives in Scotland with her cat Spike. This is the story of Greg and Christine and how they found love.

Christine and Spike
Christine and Spike 2016

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. Little did I know that when I received the one shown today, I would be writing this story.  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.”

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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. All of my cats will not be coming.  Age, health, and other considerations I have taken into account: however, if I get to the point that all I (Greg) have to do is fly over, I may reconsider.

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.

UPDATE: April 1, 2019

One year later, after declaring our love, we have encountered many difficulties. Due to personal circumstances I shall not enumerate here, we have been unable to visit each other. The idea of me immigrating to Scotland is shelved for more reasons I won’t get into–one being BREXIT. The immigration rules are all changing and becoming stricter. The plans of us getting married need a miracle to come to fruition any time soon. We are still hoping. We are still in love and carry each other in our hearts.

UPDATE: June 5, 2019

I just wanted to add today that our love for each other grows every day. We love each other with all our hearts.

We welcome  your comments and will gladly answer them.

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39 Comments

  1. Ah Greg – this is lovely! My sister married an American some 15 years ago. He originally moved over here but now he divides his time between here and the UK. She’s now retired and is planning on doing the same so they can spend more time together – the ways of transatlantic relationships and marriages never runs smooth but I’m sure you and Christine will figure something out and make it work. I sincerely wish you all the very best!

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  2. Dear Greg: BellaDharma & I have been following Spike & Christine for some months now. I JUST got around to read your story on her blog! So beautiful…And I thought I’d pop over & let you know I’m praying that things can work out so you can join Christine soon…Love like yours is special….Wishing you all the best!
    Sherri-Ellen & BellaDharma (THE Purrfect Pad)

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    1. Thank you Sherri-Ellen and BellaDharma. Christine insisted I write and post about us some time ago, but we didn’t want the story of us to be THE focus of our blogs. What better place to hide it in plain sight than on an additional blog page! LOL. Our blogs have been invisibly entangled since the very beginning. Thank you for your wish again. It is the only wish I have or will ever have.

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  3. Wow! Such a lovely story! I sincerely pray the two of you are able to be together in one place and enjoy a married life together. I can only imagine how much that would mean to you both at this point. I’m so sorry for all the challenges you have faced! My best wishes to you both! (and of course to these adorable kitty kiddos!)

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  4. Lieber Greg,
    im deutschen sagen wir: Das Schicksal geht manchmal seltsame Wege.
    Es sollte so sein.
    Ich wünsche Dir das Du in Schottland dein Glück findest. Du hast es verdient. Und ich hoffe das du ohne Probleme mit Deinen Katzen übersiedeln kannst.
    Und wenn ihr wirklich heiratet, dann hätte ich da ein Tipp für die Hochzeitsreise. Deutschland. Dann kannst du auch gleich deine guten Spachkenntnisse anwenden. 😉
    Eine schöne Weihnachtszeit
    Sandra, Blacky und Cera

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  5. Das ist ja eine richtige romantische Liebesgeschichte. Ich wünsche Euch viel Glück in Eurer zukünftigen Beziehung. Und ich bin gespannt, wie es mit der Auswanderung nach Schottland weitergeht. Die Briten üben ja im Moment den Austritt aus der EU. Ein Argument dafür war, die Einwanderung aus EU-Ländern zu stoppen. Gegen einen Zuzug aus den USA wird ja wohl kein Einwand bestehen.
    Ich kann verstehen, dass Du die Katzen nicht mit nimmst. Ich hätte ihnen Reise und Quarantäne auch nicht zugemutet. Aber vermissen wirst Du sie sicher.
    LG Christiane

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        1. There is a way to link numerous posts to a single page, but I am a bit stumped on it. That would carry the comments over. I don’t have anything old particularly special though I love all the Christmas posts. Maybe I could copy all the html code and paste on a Christmas page–or not.

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  6. I hope everything has a happy ending! While it must be very sad to leave the cats, it’s great that they’re staying together with a family member. I too could not put our cats through quarantine.

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  7. Well that’s just pawsum uncle Greg. We’re so happy fur you and we’ll get a new awnty out of it. 🙂 We do hope ya’ll get the logistics outta the way soon and can furinally get some of that face time you need. Big hugs

    Luv ya’

    Dezi and Raena

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  8. Oh my, what a story. I believe in fate or karma and odd things happen all the time. I surely hope that ya’lls love will continue after you meet. I only wish you could take your cats but as you have written it is such a long journey and the quarantine is too expensive and too hard on the cats. I would certainly make assurance that your cats will be look after properly for their life time with the right food and a loving environment. Best regards, Yvonne D.

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    1. This story was the best I could do, covering 9 years in one page! We may need help from NASA scientists to plot the trajectory. Still no date set yet. Some complications in the works. No complications in the desire to meet up! Thanks for your good wishes Donna.

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  9. I read this whole post and my heart’s a-flutter!! Please let us see a photo of you two somehow. My housekeeper’s parents met when he was stationed in Germany and she lived in Austria – she was his translator. There’s lots of love going on either side of the Big Pond. All the best to you both and I hope your meeting goes well. That’s very important. Hi, Christine! *waves paw*

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    1. Thanks for your wishes and congrats for being the first to find this new page and missing the original post! Christine does not want us to turn into a circus sideshow, so no running accounts of what is going on. Photos of us together don’t exist yet. This page exists on her blog as well but we remain low key. When we meet we will post photos. Thanks again.

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