Meant to Be, 39 Years Later

San Francisco, 1978: Paul rolls out from under a car at his auto repair shop, Chuck asks “Who’s the blonde?” They spend the summer camping, falling in love. Autumn arrives, Chuck ends it: “I’m 20, too young to settle down.” Paul’s devastated. 2010: they run into each other at an RV park. In serious relationships, they reconnect as friends. Within six months, they’re both single. Chuck’s devastated: “I’m 54, who would want this?” Paul hugs him so tight Chuck’s rib cracks. 2017: 39 years after meeting, they marry. Chuck: “I broke your heart, you broke my rib. Call it even?”

My neighbors, Chuck and Paul, in Cloverdale, California on their 5th wedding anniversary.

8 thoughts on “Meant to Be, 39 Years Later

  1. Aunt Patti September 20, 2022 at 9:19 am / 9:19 am

    Happy Anniversary, Chuck and Paul!!

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    • Corey Gerard Lambert September 20, 2022 at 10:16 am / 10:16 am

      ❤️

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  2. Devin September 20, 2022 at 10:54 am / 10:54 am

    Happy anniversary to you both!!!!

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    • Corey Gerard Lambert September 20, 2022 at 11:05 am / 11:05 am

      Their wedding anniversary is actually in January, I believe.

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  3. Mark September 20, 2022 at 4:01 pm / 4:01 pm

    They are the best!
    Good job telling their story!
    Congratulations Paul and Chuck!

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    • Corey Gerard Lambert September 20, 2022 at 5:38 pm / 5:38 pm

      Thanks Dad. Yeah, they’re pretty incredible.

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  4. Megan September 20, 2022 at 7:08 pm / 7:08 pm

    💛💛💛

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    • Corey Gerard Lambert September 20, 2022 at 7:46 pm / 7:46 pm

      😘

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