Brother Jack and his lovely wife, Patti, will be celebrating their 31st wedding anniversary Dec. 31. My “anniversary card” to them is a reprint, with love, of my column, “Cupid strikes in the soup aisle!” published in 2013: how they met, their wedding ceremony and two lives going forward. Read it and smile:
“While serving in the Navy, my brother Jack was stationed in California. After his discharge and return to New York, he told me he loved California and vowed he would some day go back. Years later after a marriage, four kids and a subsequent divorce, he set his eyes once again on the Golden State. He settled in southern California, made many friends and became part of the community. One evening, a friend who was teaching business psychology invited Jack to join them for pizza after the class. At the restaurant he noticed a pretty, auburn-haired gal who had a killer smile sitting at the opposite end of the table. They didn’t speak that evening, but she left quite an impression on my brother.
While shopping at a local market a week later, he saw a woman who looked familiar but he couldn’t place. As he got closer, he recognized her from the pizza party. He wasn’t about to let this opportunity to meet her slip away: As their baskets were about to pass, he stopped and introduced himself.
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