I met my husband as a joke. AND it was a blind date.
I was hanging out with a mutual friend of ours one day when she made an outrageous claim. “I’ve got a perfect track record,” she said. “Everyone I’ve ever set up on a date ended up getting married.”
So of course, intrigued, I offered my naïve nineteen-year-old self as a test subject, believing I would be the one to break her lucky streak. “I’ll bet that won’t happen with me,” I told her. And then we both laughed.
Guess the laugh was on me. Imagine my surprise when, a few days later, my friend called and invited me to dinner, ending with a casual, “Oh, by the way, I’ve invited our friend Joe, as well. He’s the man you’re going to marry.”
“You didn’t tell him about this?” I exclaimed, aghast
“Yes, but he knows it’s only a joke.”
Despite my reservations, I went to dinner at my friend’s house. I even went so far as to bake a wonderful warm peach cobbler. From scratch.
Which Joe promptly announced he didn’t like. “I don’t really care for warm fruit,” he said. Let’s just say it took a swift kick to his shin by my friend’s husband for him to realize his error.
From the moment he walked in the door, I was mesmerized by his gorgeous blue eyes, his love for God and his extraordinary sense of humor. He was attracted to…well, I really don’t know, but whatever it was, it was enough for him to ask if he could see me again as he walked me to my car that night.
“Just a second while I find a piece of paper and a pen so I can write down my phone number,” I said, digging into my purse. (This was before cell phones, people!)
“No need,” he said. He’d already gotten my phone number from our friends. Slick, don’t you think?
I went home and wrote in my diary:
I hope the name Debra Kastner sounds good because I just met the man I’m going to marry.
Six months to the day later, I did marry Joe. And twenty-eight years later, we’re still laughing.
If you’re married, how did you meet your spouse? If you’re still waiting for that special someone to enter your life, what characteristics are you looking for in a mate? I’ll be giving away one autographed copy of my May 2015 Love Inspired 2-in-1 Classics book The Marine’s Baby and His Texas Bride.