The most romantic story never to be put on film...

The most romantic story that I know of ever to be put on film was "Magnificent Obsession" from 1954 starring Rock Hudson and Jane Wyman. Today, I'm going to tell you the most romantic story that was never put on film. It's Way Back Wednesday again.

Today comes with a mature audiences warning. If you think that romance should only happen between one man and one woman, then you'll probably want to check out some other blogs today and come back to visit me tomorrow for Vintage Thingies Thursday. This romantic story is not very traditional, even in the gay culture. And more's the pity. Too many gay men (and that's the only group I can speak for) sell themselves short and try to make a relationship with the wrong person just because they miss that feeling of family that so many of us lose when we come out. I used to do that. But, then I learned that there was a better way and put some rules out there and I found someone else that had their own rules that were compatible with mine.

So, here goes the most romantic story that was never put on film.

Ten years ago, I was dating a guy. The purpose of dating is to find out about someone and decide whether you can be in a relationship with them. And, this was going nowhere. The more I got to know him, the more I realized that. But, I hadn't reached that point where I was ready to say something.

I went to a friend's birthday and the party ended up in a dance hall for a few beers. This tall, lanky blond drink of water walked up to me and cut me out of the crowd and started to talk to me. It was a light conversation and I pointed out that I was dating someone else, while at the same time checking him out from under my eyelashes in all his cowboy glory. Flirty, but giving nothing. We talked for about 15 minutes and then he was gone.

A couple weeks later, I was out with my date and he walked up to me, out of the blue, and said "I've met someone else and want to date him" so basically, we're on a date and he gives me the boot. That's just rude!

The night goes on and I've had a good laugh at getting dumped in public with my friends, who all heard it and saw him walk away with someone else. There's a guy from out of town flirting with me. And, suddenly, this lanky blond cowboy is behind me. And, his next words were "Can I kiss you?"

Okay, so maybe not the most romantic thing in your life, but for me, that was da' bomb! Nobody ever asked permission before. Even today, he can walk up behind me and say those words and I get weak in the knees, remembering that first night.

6 months of dating and then he moved in. 7 years later, the kid came into our lives. Three years of that and we're still together, through thick and thin. He's mine. And, I think I'll keep him.

And, who can resist someone that looks this happy 97% of the time. This picture is from our first vacation.

And, this picture is from last year. We're under a store sign, but I guess it's become an accurate description of us, too.

This is one of his first birthday cakes. Do you miss these dear? Now, the poor thing is lucky to get storebought...which reminds me, I'm gonna need to leave work early today to stop by the store.
Because today is his birthday! Yes, he's one year younger than me again (notice how I didn't give you any information there, while seeming to do so).

Happy Birthday, Rob. May there be many more; and may I be part of every one of them.
Love ya',


Sequana said...

In other words, you really were lucky to be dumped like that. *S*

This IS a really romantic story. Good luck to you guys, and Happy Birthday to Rob.

lw said...

I have to say I love Rob's approach. "Can I kiss you?" It doesn't get any better than that.

ShelleyK said...

This is my favorite way back wednesday by far - the story and the pictures. Happy Birthday, Rob!

lesthook said...

Great story!

Hey, I have the same dishes and my sister's birthday is today and for 2 months I am only 1 year older than her,LOL!

Coloradolady said...

Well....that was a romantic story....how sweet of Rob to ask....and Happy Birthday Rob, I feel bad I did not know ahead of time, I'd sent you a card!! I hope your day is super special.....your family is certainly special to me!! Have a great day Lane.

Unknown said...

Thanks for making me smile. I love a romantic story with a happy ending.
Hope Rob had a great b-day!

Kelley O said...

Thanks for sharing your wonderful story. Everyone should be so lucky to find a partner that fits. Happy Birthday to Rob and may you have many happy years together.

Piece by Piece said...

A romantic story, not everyone can find a partner and have so many happy years together. Happy birthday, Rob.

Shay said...

Sigh...I love to hear about people in love.

Happy Birthday Rob. If I was guessing I'd say you're 39.

Gotta say - I love Wayback Wednesdays.

Tammy said...

A most excellent post Lane! Happy belated birthday Rob, I hope you enjoyed being king for the day.

Shirley said...

That is romantic. You're so lucky to live with someone who's happy 97% of the time! And with the addition of Sydney you now have the complete family you're looking for. Happy Birthday Rob. Wishing you many more.

Elizabeth said...

That was a totally romantic story -- I'm so glad you shared. Happy belated, Rob! And I have to say that if a tall, blonde cowboy came up behind me and asked if he could kiss me, I'd definitely go weak in the knees too!

Sam said...

Happy Birthday to Rob! I think I am in the same boat as you, my man was born 6 months after me, so for half the year I am always 'a year older'... and he never lets me forget it!

It's so nice to hear a love story that is so obviously strong and lasting. Well done! Sam xox

Vesuviusmama said...

I love a a romantic story with a happy ending! Congrats to both of you for more than 10 years together.

My kids could use some pick-up line tips from Rob: at the drive-in the other weekend, I was volunteering at the booth where they sell glow-in-the-dark everything when a woman came up to me laughing so hard she was crying. Apparently, one of my boys was looking for someone to play with before the movie started, and sidled up to her daughter, looked her up and down and asked, "Wanna wrestle?"

Sunshine said...

Aww, I feel all squishy inside now, lovely story, Lane! Thanks for sharing!

Nancy said...

Oh Lane, what a beautiful story. How blessed you all have been to find each other and become a family. What a great line Rob used, and it led to a fairytale.

Nancy said...

P.S. The apple pattern cake is fabulous! You are so talented. Don't you all want to move to PA?