Ten years ago, on April 8th, 2011, I met my wife for the first time at a dive bar in Hong Kong called Al’s diner. We immediately hit it off. The evening ended with us dancing to a number of 80’s classics.
Despite several jello shots it took me a while to work up the courage to kiss her. I knew she was special and wanted to make sure I picked the right moment. The cheesy 80’s playlist, however, didn’t exactly set the mood.
At a certain point I told myself whatever song comes up it doesn’t matter, it’s now or never. And so, as one forgettable tune ended, with my heart in my throat, I met her eyes, leaned in and kissed her.
Just as soon as we locked lips, Madonna’s, “Like A Virgin,” came blaring from the jukebox.
“Like a virgin Touched for the very first time Like a virgin When your heart beats Next to mine Whoa…”
A moment of classy romance it was not! It certainly wasn’t the song I would have chosen. Still, I had to commend the Gods on their sense of humour. We both had a good laugh about it.
Ultimately, of course, the song didn’t matter. What really mattered was the ten years that followed. Those years have been extraordinary to say the least.
Together we’ve flown in hot air balloons, jumped out of aeroplanes, swam with whale sharks – to list just a few of our adventures. It was on a layover in Rome I realised I loved her as we cuddled while watching the sunset from the Spanish steps. (There are few moments I can think as perfect as that one.) It was on holiday in Myanmar that I proposed to her on the shores of Inle lake.
It was 4 years ago – exactly 6 years after we met – on April 8th, 2017, that we got married at a micro brewery here in Hong Kong. We figured, “Why bring the booze to the party when you can bring the party to the booze?”
It was epic.
The song we chose for our first dance? You guessed it. Definitely not Madonna’s, “Like A Virgin.” (We have some class guys and gals, come on.)
Actually our friends orchestrated a surprise flash mob to Justin Timberlake’s, “Can’t Stop The Feeling.” It was one of the many highlights that day. That song became our first as a married couple.
Fast forward 4 more years and here we are with two ridiculous boys to our names. The youngest having just turned 3 months. (Can you do the math?)
April 8th will always be the most important day of the year for me. Symbolically it represents everything that followed when we kissed for the very first time 10 years ago. The truly beautiful life that we have made together.
I often wonder what my life would have been like had I missed my opportunity that night. Had I not made a move because of the song that was playing. (There’s a lesson here about waiting for the perfect moment.)
I look around and imagine my boys vanishing. The apartment I live in transforming. Perhaps I wouldn’t have stayed in my current job for as long as I have? Maybe I wouldn’t even live in Hong Kong? Perhaps the picture would be markedly different? Or perhaps the picture would be similar but with different faces?
One thing is for damn sure, the picture couldn’t be any better.
As I come back to reality and realise that none of it was a dream. That my reality – my unbelievably beautiful radiant wife, the now extraordinary mother to our two gorgeous silly boys – is the dream. I realise I wouldn’t change it for the world. I realise, I wouldn’t even change that song.
To my dear wife, when it comes to you, I regret nothing. (Although I’m not giving you anymore children!)
Happy Anniversary Gorgeous
Love Your Silly Husband X
Thanks for reading everyone. I’m curious if any of you have some good stories about the first time you met someone? Or any pivotal moments you look back at and wonder what if that hadn’t happened? I look forward to hearing from you all.
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166 thoughts on “Kissed For The Very First Time”
Such a cute post, I’m all smiles this morning thanks to you!
thanks for sharing your story
Thank you for saying so 🙏
This is such a beautiful read, made my day ❤️ best wishes to both of you ✨
This was a nice read, thank you. I too place importance on certain days… or, at the very least, stop and have a moment.
I think we should stop and have a moment everyday. Of course it often takes an occasion to remind us to do so. Thank you Ashley 🙏
What a wonderful love story 💫
I smiled through the entire thing! Love is sweet, isn’t it?! 😊 Wishing you guys more love and lots more to celebrate. Cheers!
Thank you so much 🙏
What a wonderfull love story😍
Oh, I would love to read such a emotional story again . I am waiting for your next post.
Wow I wanna to have the same love story too 👌🏻👌🏻
I’m working on to be a deserving in his life 🙏
Talking about beautiful love story,this one is indeed the one❤️🥺
Such a lovely read! :))
Beautiful story! Love it💕💕
Actually I am the exact person like you. Whenever ever I think of dating someone same repeated answer I get may be she is not the right person you deserve when time will come you will get them automatically and focus on your work ( in my religion arranged marriage is also a dominant option). After reading your story I will go ahead with them no more over thinking thanks for sharing it.
that was one beautiful day and beautiful journey after that
It was beautiful adventure you had. Wish you all the happiness in the world. Well my love story is thrill with ups and downs. Wish me luck.
Thank you friend. All love stories have ups and downs. Love is a struggle that requires constant nourishment. Wishing you well 🙏
Beautiful story. Congratulations to both of you.
I was 13 when I met the love of my life, but it took us another 30 odd years before we became a couple and now, I’m the happiest I’ve ever been!
Love your story thank you so much for sharing!
That was so much fun to read.
I love how you make us see that every moment is great
It was from the heart, for my wife. Thank you for your comment. 🙏
Terrific ‘Love Story’! Thanks for stopping by my blog – brchitwood.com
All best wishes to you and your lovely family!
This is so cute I’m crying. Oh my god, happy anniversary you guys💞💕🌼
Your words are drenched in love. Congratulations and good luck!
What a beautiful reflection of your life! You inspire and remind me to take more moments of reflection and appreciation for the special people in my life. Thank you!!
It’s always music to my ears when I hear I’ve inspired someone else. Thank you Belinda 🙏😊
Such a wonderful, happy read to begin my morning. I’m so happy things have worked out so well, and a bit jealous of the adventures.
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Yes, I saw my husband leaning on a parking meter, while his friend was asking me out. I kissed him the first time when he got stung by a bee on his upper lip. That made everyone mad except us. His friend left to go back to Canada and told him to “Take care of her!” And for the last 60 years, he has done that. Happy anniversary to you and your wife. Ours will be December 30th.
I love your story!!! Thank you for sharing. 60 years is extraordinary! Do you have any advice for how to maintain a healthy relationship over such a long time?
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A fabulous writing of your deep love for your wife. This type of honesty is rare. You, and your wife, are very lucky to have such a deep connection with each other. Cherish it…every single day.
Thank Dr. Deb. I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. Honesty is a value I try to live by. Wishing you the very best 🙏
I loved it
So beautiful. Liked the post very much
It’s a pretty tale. I don’t think I’ve had such moment yet, or I could count the guy that came up to me at Nysc camp and said I would be his girlfriend. Lol, needless to say, we’re not in contact anymore.
I’m glad you enjoyed my tale. Thank you for sharing yours. I had many misses before meeting my wife as well!
That was a very sweet story! I met my current husband when I came home near 9:00 at night and found out that a new roommate had invited around 30 people over to the house without advising anybody else in the house and had decided to share all of the roommates food (again without permission) for her impromptu potluck. We all paid separately for our own food. I was the first roommate to arrive home and discover this, and I wasn’t exactly happy. He remembers thinking that I looked pretty but very angry. 😇 We didn’t start dating until about 2 years after that because he was scared I would turn him down. But I am glad he asked 😌… We will have been married 18 years this Sunday.
Thank you Ariana! And congrats on 18years! That’s an amazing milestone 🙏
I love this! Romantic hearts still exist. 🙂 May you have many more years together. And keep loving your family deeply.
Thank you. I am a hopeless romantic what can I say. I’ll be sure to keep loving my family deeply. Luckily they make it easy for me. Wishing you well 🙏
Great story! Hmmm… three months, plus nine…
Thank you so much. Your math skills are excellent!
what a lucky pair you both are – lovely read thanks
We are. Thank you for your kind words 🙏😊
This is so sweet! Thank you for sharing!
My pleasure. Glad you enjoyed it 🙏
Aww this put a smile on my face. Thanks for sharing!
Cute story. On a related note, on my husband and mine’s first date, a co-worker suggesting watching a DVD after dinner. She loaned me the 40 Year Old Virgin and said it was funny. I still remember putting the DVD in and within minutes, there was nudity and it was so embarrassing! He worked in a church, and we took the DVD out immediately. Not only was that a horrific start to the date, but I later found out he WAS a virgin, so the whole thing was a hot mess. Maybe folks need to avoid anything virgin-related on their first dates LOL.
Haha. That’s a great story! Yes, perhaps the whole topic needs to be off the table 😂 – Thank for sharing it Kerbey. I’m pleased it all worked out for you both in the end. 😊🙏
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