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*Nonfiction story written by Rosanne Catalano,
ctrosanne, writer/author & ezine editor, a/k/a R.C.Kayla
(c.) December 14, 2004


I remember it was raining the day I met the Love of My Life, and I had not wanted to go out to pick up a former friend, my car was no longer 'new' and wasn't in good shape at all. The driver's door wouldn't close -- something to do with a broken hinge! -- so I had to drive with one hand on the wheel, the other holding the door handle to keep the door from flying open!

But when I pulled into the train station to pick up my friend, will never forget that all I could see in this big, brown Buick was 'his gorgeous face,' his 'sparkling' eyes ... even though my sweetheart wasn't even looking my way. An overwhelming feeling and desire to run to him, kiss and hug him, and to never let him go overtook me in that instant. As if the Lord were guiding me to him and knew my sweetheart would be my true soulmate.

Everything else but 'my sweetheart' had receeded in my vision ... people walking to & from the train station, cars pulling in and out, etc. All just a blur ... even though he still had not noticed me; he wasn't even looking my way! What confused me was that I did not even know this person, why was I feeling this way -- As if 'Cupid's Arrow' had struck me?!?

And then in the next confusing instant at the train station, I see an ugly face -- like the devil -- on the passenger side of this big, brown car. Becoming real scared, I quickly swerved my car away to get out of there ... and felt like an idiot when I heard my friend's voice calling me from the back seat of this big, brown car with the Love of My Life driving it and the devil sitting next to him!

But I had a problem ... The Love of My Life still did not seem to notice me (or so I thought!) until our eyes met and held in the living room of the apartment -- and, even then, I wasn't sure he was actually looking into my eyes as I was his! I sunk to my knees behind my former friend to hide my reaction to my sweetheart (a reaction I had no control over) and the strong 'effect' and 'feelings' he was having over me and the confusion I was feeling about him -- I had never, ever felt this way about anyone before! I guess that is what they mean by love at first sight ...

On our first date, which happened a week after him and I locking eyes in the living room, we were both so darn nervous, you wouldn't believe that we were almost 40 years old. He got lost picking me up (even though he had driven my former friend to my apartment a couple of times before), and I thought he had 'stood me up,' started crying so hard that I looked a 'fright' by the time my sweetheart finally arrived ... I felt like a 'teenager on her first date' -- and found out later that my sweetheart had also felt the very same way.

The Love of My Life was the man I had dreamed of falling in love with all my life, but had never found until that fateful day when all I saw was my sweetheart and what a beautiful man he is -- inside and out ... even though I had been married at 21 and divorced at 33 years of age, I wondered to myself "Where were you all my life?" I finally know what it means to be 'in love' with your soulmate ....

It is now eight years since our fateful 'first date,' and we're still so much in love that kissing in the supermarket is an every day event ....

(c.) 2004 original nonfiction story by
Rosanne Catalano (aka R.C.Kayla),
writer/author & ezine editor ... (this is a true story about how my significant other and I met and instantly fell in love eight years ago; I believe in love at first-sight now... Never did in the past)!


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The following comments are for ""My First Love -- At Age 39!""
by ctrosanne

true story?
If its fiction, then it is very beautiful. It could have had more impressionistic tangents.


( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: December 16, 2004 )

My First Love -- At Age 39!
Thank you for your honest critique of my short story.
Why do you say, "If its 'fiction,' then it is very beautiful," when it is more beautiful because it is not fiction? ... My short story is the 'truth'of how my Sweetheart and I met, and fell in love eight years ago.
I am sorry you feel that my story could have had "more impressionistic tangents." Sometimes, true-life experiences aren't always "impressive," they just are 'life experiences.'
Once again, thank you for your honest opinion of my short story ... Hope not everyone feels the same about my true (nonfiction) account of how The Love of My Life & I met and fell in love.
writer/author & ezine/newsletter editor

( Posted by: ctrosanne [Member] On: December 16, 2004 )

I should point out that if the story is NOT fiction, it should NOT mean that it is not beautiful. I am sorry for creating that impression.

Since it is a real life story, then it is a happy, positive experience, for me as well. I enjoy reading accounts like these in reader's Digest. This story is by far better than Reader's Digest. I am used to expect fiction in the Stories categories, and the real life experiences that I have read have been in the Blogs.

Either way, you convey happiness well and make me hang between real life and fiction. I think it is excellent that your writing achieves that.

HAve a nice weekend,


( Posted by: Teflon [Member] On: December 16, 2004 )

My First love
A very beautiful fairy tale story! Not many people can say that. I too,can say the same thing.

( Posted by: sandy [Member] On: January 19, 2006 )

My First Love - At Age 39!
Thank you for the praise, Sandy!
It's all true...I never believed in love "at first sight" before meeting my hubby all those years ago. In the past, I was always 'friends' with the men I dated which included my ex-husband. There is something to be said for "love at first sight," so long as the relationship or marriage turns out good. I've been blessed!
(a/k/a ctrosanne and R.C.Kayla)
Editor-in-Chief/Publisher and Writer/Author
Publisher: "The Cat's Meow for Writers & Readers" (a progressive ezine)
Author: "Touch of Tomorrow - In Loving Memory" (book of poetry) and numerous other Short Stories and Poetry published online.

( Posted by: ctrosanne [Member] On: January 20, 2006 )

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