Monday, November 12, 2007

Rare Love

My Beloved and I began our love affair when I was 18 and he was 21 over a rare roast beef sandwich.

I was staying with his family for Christmas since my Navy parents had been suddenly ordered to Japan - there was a little conflict going on back then called the Vietnam War - and the family exchequer didn't stretch to flying the Freshman halfway around the world for Christmas.

MB's mother more or less guilted him into taking me along to the local pub with him and his pals. He ordered himself a Seven and Seven and me a sloe gin fizz, the cool drinks in those days, and we shared a roast beef sandwich. Now, this was in New York state, where they know how to make a real roast beef sandwich. It was piled high with good, rare, shaved roast beef, and embellished with a little lettuce and mayo. We munched and laughed and flirted, and the icy knot of loneliness I had harbored since learning that I would be spending my first Christmas away from my family began to ease.

My whole heart melted in the next few weeks as I figured out that this sweet, funny, honorable man was someone very special in my life. Forty plus years later, we still like our roast beef sandwiches rare and we still melt into gooey puddles at the memory of that first one.

11 Comments:

Blogger Dagny said...

Is there any other way to have roast beef? Sweet story, by the way.

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger cookiecrumb said...

Wow. A romantic roast beef sandwich story.
Nicely remembered, nicely told.

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger katiez said...

Awwwww! That's so sweet!
Love the rare roast beef!

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Dagny, not in our book!

Cookiecrumb, thanks, we get giggly whenever we recall it.

KatieZ, right on!

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger BuzzB said...

Oh!, Zoomie ... yiu sucha sweet talker!

MB

Monday, November 12, 2007  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

That's so sweet - but do you still drink gin fizzes?

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

BuzzB, :-*

DMM, I haven't had a gin fizz in years, mostly drink wine now - but I should try one just for old times' sake!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  
Blogger Nan said...

That's a cute story! Congratulations to you two and your roast beef!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Nan, glad you liked it - it was fun to write!

Tuesday, November 13, 2007  
Blogger jyah said...

Could almost call you "corned" beef, but a rare find you are.
Rare is the only way to go with
beef, I agree.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Jyah, welcome, cousin! Fun to see that you have begun exploring the blogosphere!

Wednesday, November 14, 2007  

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