Love at First Sight

February 7, 2018 at 9:55 am 45 comments

For Friday Fictioneers 100-Word Challenge: 9 February 2018

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““Grandpa, how did you meet Grandma?” Ella asked while they sat outside enjoying the view.

“It’s long story.”

“Make it short. We don’t have all day.”

“Well, we were from the same village.

“When I was 27, I returned looking for a wife. It was love at first sight. The problem was she was only 12.

“The next time we met, I was an old bachelor. By then, she had grown into a beautiful woman.

“I asked her father for her hand in marriage. When he said yes, I was the happiest man in the world.”

“That’s really cool, Grandpa!”

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  • 1. Dale  |  February 7, 2018 at 10:16 am

    15 years is so much more when you are 12 and 27… than when you are 25 and 40, no wait… 42 and 57… 😉

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    • 2. plaridel  |  February 7, 2018 at 11:20 am

      dale:

      it was based on a true story as told by a friend. her grandfather went back to greece to find a wife. Matched to the daughter of a family friend, he fell for her younger sister instead. he was adamant right there and then he wouldn’t marry somebody else. he had to wait a while but i guess it was worth the wait. 🙂

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      • 3. Dale  |  February 7, 2018 at 11:34 am

        That is truly sweet!

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        • 4. plaridel  |  February 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

          dale:

          yes, it is. they ended up having a son and a daughter. the son is my friend’s dad. you can get a glimpse of the the mother and son in my other story.

          https://wp.me/p6FwZ-39f

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      • 5. Fabricating Fiction/Louise Jensen  |  February 8, 2018 at 3:28 am

        Oh I love the background!

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        • 6. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am

          louise:

          me, too. i had to write about it. 🙂

          Reply
  • 7. James  |  February 7, 2018 at 11:26 am

    Not bad. When he’s 75 and needing care, she’ll still be a spry 60.

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    • 8. plaridel  |  February 7, 2018 at 2:16 pm

      james:

      that’s one way of looking at it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 9. Iain Kelly  |  February 7, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    Hmmm, I’m not sure about a 27 year old falling in love with a 12 year old, seems a bit, well, seedy. At least he waited…

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    • 10. plaridel  |  February 7, 2018 at 2:15 pm

      iain:

      it was a may-december thing, but it worked in this instance. 🙂

      Reply
  • 11. Susan A Eames  |  February 7, 2018 at 1:47 pm

    Such a sweet ending – although I thought to myself: would a 27 year old really fall in love with a 12 year old? And then I read your comment saying this was based on a true story!

    Susan A Eames at
    Travel, Fiction and Photos

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    • 12. plaridel  |  February 7, 2018 at 2:14 pm

      susan:

      yes, that’s true. They were married when he was 40 something and she was a shy 18-year old.

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  • 13. Alicia Jamtaas  |  February 7, 2018 at 8:33 pm

    Sweet story!

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    • 14. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

      alicia:

      you’re very kind. thank you.

      Reply
  • 15. pennygadd51  |  February 8, 2018 at 1:23 am

    I was fascinated that the true story happened in Greece. That suggests that the young girl may also have been in love. In many parts of the world that isn’t necessarily the case. It’s not clear from the story where it’s taking place, and my first reaction was “How wrong that young women can be married off by their fathers”…

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    • 16. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:31 am

      penny:

      i believe it happened in the late 40s. they came from a small village far from tourists route.

      Reply
  • 17. draliman  |  February 8, 2018 at 4:40 am

    His patience was rewarded!

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    • 18. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:30 am

      draliman:

      it was all worth it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 19. rochellewisoff  |  February 8, 2018 at 5:04 am

    Dear Plaridel,

    When Grandpa fell in love it was for keeps. Sweet story.

    Shalom,

    Rochelle

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    • 20. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

      rochelle:

      it was fate that brought them together. 🙂

      Reply
  • 21. Keith's Ramblings  |  February 8, 2018 at 5:45 am

    Age is just a number. My bride was 18 years my junior and it matters not a jot.

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    • 22. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

      keith:

      i totally agree.

      Reply
  • 23. Moon  |  February 8, 2018 at 5:56 am

    Lovely story, Plaridel.

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    • 24. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:29 am

      moon:

      thank you. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply
  • 25. liz young  |  February 8, 2018 at 8:53 am

    Lovely story. I have always thought it a little strange that my parents met when Mum was 11 and Pa was 30. They married when she was 18 and lasted 60 years.

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    • 26. plaridel  |  February 8, 2018 at 9:28 am

      liz:

      awesome!

      Reply
  • 27. Cecilia  |  February 8, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    You know what, with this story I would like to hear the long story.

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    • 28. plaridel  |  February 9, 2018 at 8:58 am

      cecilia:

      it’s a great immigrant story. hopefully, somebody more gifted than me will write it in a book. 🙂

      Reply
  • 29. granonine  |  February 8, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Aw, nice. My son, by the way, is 42 and his wife just turned 30. They’re incredibly happy 🙂

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    • 30. plaridel  |  February 9, 2018 at 8:58 am

      linda:

      it’s not as rare as i thought.

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  • 31. prior..  |  February 9, 2018 at 8:54 am

    that is really cool – and how nice that it worked out – this is not always the case – but sometimes love waits and circumstances line up with fate – or something like that –

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    • 32. plaridel  |  February 9, 2018 at 9:01 am

      prior:

      who knows? they must have known each other in a previous life. 🙂

      Reply
  • 34. Fatima Fakier  |  February 10, 2018 at 12:23 am

    12 years old is young for a grown man to fall in love with. However there is a spiritual side to relationships. A connection one can’t deny I suppose. And he did the right thing to wait. True stories make for the best stories.

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    • 35. plaridel  |  February 10, 2018 at 9:33 am

      fatima:

      i guess age doesn’t really matter when you fall in love. 🙂

      Reply
  • 36. Dahlia  |  February 10, 2018 at 6:47 am

    A beautiful love story 🙂

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    • 37. plaridel  |  February 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

      dahlia:

      thank you for the kind comment. much appreciated.

      Reply
  • 38. Sarah Ann  |  February 10, 2018 at 7:12 am

    Such a sweet tale, although I think Ella needs to grow some patience, like her grandfather has in spades.

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    • 39. plaridel  |  February 10, 2018 at 9:29 am

      sarah:

      it looks like she needs some growing up for sure. but grandpa doesn’t mind. she’s his favorite granddaughter. 🙂

      Reply
  • 40. Björn Rudberg (brudberg)  |  February 11, 2018 at 8:41 am

    A sweet tale… and I hope that she was happy with it too…

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    • 41. plaridel  |  February 12, 2018 at 9:08 pm

      björn:

      as far as i know, they lived happily ever after. 🙂

      Reply
  • 42. Dawn M. Miller  |  February 12, 2018 at 4:56 pm

    I hope Grandma thinks it is really cool as well.

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    • 43. plaridel  |  February 12, 2018 at 9:07 pm

      dawn:

      i would think so. 🙂

      Reply
  • 44. Inside the Mind of Isadora  |  February 13, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    It seems like grandpa wanted to wait for her. Good thing the father gave him her hand. Romantic tone to this story.
    Isadora 😎

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    • 45. plaridel  |  February 14, 2018 at 3:00 pm

      isadora:

      thank you for reading. i’m glad you liked it. 🙂

      Reply

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