Please welcome author Virginia Smith as she relates the story of how she fell in love with her motorcycle-loving husband!
Myra, this is such a terrific blog idea! Thanks for inviting me to be a part of it.
My husband and I worked together for several years before we started dating. I was a lowly PC analyst, and he was the manager of the department that supported the big mainframe computers. That was back in the late 80’s, when PCs were just starting to come into their own. He used to joke that my computers were ‘toys,’ while his had all the power. I told him, “Yeah, that’s what the train folks used to say about airplanes!” (I like to remind him of that now.)
Ted is a motorcycle enthusiast, and he kept trying to convince me to go for a ride on his motorcycle. I had never been on a bike before, and was really afraid to try it. But one day he walked into my office with a big box. He put it on my desk and said, “I got you a present.” It was a motorcycle helmet. So that weekend I went on my first ride and fell in love—both with the bike, and with the guy who owned it.
There were no rules against coworkers dating, but we kept our relationship a secret for about six months. We didn’t want to deal with all the office talk. Ted’s an early bird, and he always arrived at work long before anyone else. Every Monday morning when I got to work, I found a bouquet of flowers waiting for me on my desk! Nobody guessed the identity of my secret admirer because to all outward appearances, Ted and I are total opposites. I am a chatty and outgoing person, and Ted is far more introverted. Plus, he’s a bit older than I am. On the outside it didn’t look like we had anything at all in common. I’m a reader. Ted had not read a novel since high school. (Which I can’t even imagine!) He was an avid snow skier, and I had never been on skis. I am a confirmed Trekkie, and Ted had never watched an episode of Star Trek. (Imagine that!) But as we got to know each other, we discovered that even though we didn’t enjoy the same activities, our temperaments were perfectly suited to each other. Our personalities meshed. And both of us were eager to try all the activities the other one enjoyed.
Finally, we had to go public with our relationship. The company restructured, and Ted was called into his boss’s office and told that he was going to assume management responsibilities for the PC group – my group. There definitely was a company policy against a boss dating a subordinate. Ted told the vice president, “Well, that’s going to be a problem, since Ginny and I have been dating for months.” He gave up a big professional advancement opportunity for me! He proposed shortly after that, and I transferred to another department. (But we had some memorable meetings in the stairwell. ☺)
We’ve been married seventeen years. I’m sorry to say I no longer get flowers every Monday, only on special occasions. But I do still enjoy riding on the back of Ted’s motorcycle and snow skiing. And we found another activity to enjoy together—scuba diving. Ted now watches Star Trek reruns right along with me. And he reads novels—especially mine!
Virginia Smith left her twenty-year corporate career in the summer of 2006 with the launch of her first novel, Just As I Am. Since that time she has received contracts for eight humorous novels aimed primarily at Christian readers. Her mysteries, which include Murder by Mushroom and Bluegrass Peril, have received 4-star ratings from Romantic Times. Stuck in the Middle, the first of the Sister-to-Sister Series, has been hailed as “a warm relationship drama… a fine inspirational chick lit tale” by Genre Go Round Reviews, and Publisher’s Weekly promises, “Readers won’t be disappointed. The sisters are spirited and fun.” Ginny and her husband, Ted, divide their time between Kentucky and Utah, and escape as often as they can for diving trips to the Caribbean.
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