It Might Be You

I love New York

musical-noteThe year was 1982. I was working in Manhattan, commuting over an hour into the city, and putting in very long days. I worked most days from 9 in the morning until ten o'clock PM and then took a car back to Verona, New Jersey.

The Window Dresser at Saks Fifth Avenue in New York City

hot air balloon new york rightMy job was insane, I was working as a computer analyst in the MIS department of one of the top Investment Banking firms. People were so crazy there...they lived to work!


hot air balloon new york leftMy divorce had been final in 1978, and I was dating again, but I had all of these rules. The biggest rule I had was "under no circumstance would "Mr. Right" be younger than me." My Ex had been a womanizer, and well, I thought perhaps if I married someone older it would be safer.

New York, New York

hot air balloon new york rightI saw the movie Tootsie in a theater in the city with my best friend Lisa. As I watched that wonderful scene when the characters fall in love, sigh, I thought I never would. Especially if I continued to work like a maniac. The music that played during that scene is playing now.

New York, New York

hot air balloon new york leftIn 1983 I moved to Princeton, New Jersey, quit my Manhattan rat race job, and took a local job. One where I could be five minutes away from work. Where people had lives beyond the doors of their job.

The Angles of Architecture

hot air balloon new york rightI moved next-door to this very young guy. Ten years younger to be exact, and well, we ended up getting married. So much for rules! He was the exact age my first husband had been when I walked down the aisle in 1972.

lily pond

hot air balloon new yorkI love that we are serenaded by music and that songs are sewn into the fabric of our lives.


hot air balloon new york rightWe can hear just a few notes and be brought back into some lovely chapter.

Porch Party 30

hot air balloon new yorkReflection is my joy, and I am playing this song for you today.


hot air balloon new york leftHoping that it might trigger a lovely memory for you too.


musical-noteThis song reminds me that when you think there is no hope, there always is...Ned and I were married in New Hope, Pennsylvania in 1987.

lily pond at hong kong parkview

hot air balloon new york lefthot air balloon new york rightThis song...It Might Be You!

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Anita said...

What a lovely story! I'm glad you found happiness once more.

Draffin Bears said...

Hi Karen,

What a lovely post today, and I enjoyed hearing about your move away from the rat race and finding your Husband.
That is neat how things work out.

Have a happy week

Susie Jefferson said...

Love your blog too! Now I'm following.

I did the same as you, gave up the day job (commuting by tube in London is not an experience to be envied, lol) and am so much happier working from home!

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

Oh Karen, that was a wonderful window into your life!!! THANK YOU! I pray that each and every day is filled with loving memories, new beginnings and hope and love for the future. God bless you, you beautiful human being. ANita

The Quintessential Magpie said...

And if anyone deserves happiness, Karen, it is YOU!

I loved your story. Loved every word. You gave people hope here today by sharing, but you do that a lot, you know. Share. And give hope. That's why I think you are one of favorite bloggers. You have a true artist's soul.

Love you much...


Sheila :-) said...

Hello Karen,

What an inspiring post, loved it!
Your story is a movie...a great romantic movie...

~ Gabriela ~

Lori said...

what a great story sweet that you found your true love right next door...i love it!!!

Tristan Robin Blakeman said...

A. LOVE your story - thanks for sharing.

B. My first job out of college was very near Princeton (in Clinton at the Hunterdon Art Center).

C. I grew up in New Hope! However, I was long gone by '87, so I didn't see your bridal procession. :(

D. Have you been stalking me for years? LOL LOL

Vee said...

Karen, your story is so sweet. My sister married a younger man and couldn't be happier. Age makes little, if any, difference to people who love. Thanks for sharing your love story! (What a crazy way to live as you were back then in the 80s. You must be thrilled to be living the life you now lead.)

Sara said...

what a heartwarming story. I so enjoyed reading your post and so glad you found happiness second time around hugs Sara

Carol said...

So sweet & lovely! Thanks for sharing!

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Love hearing your story! My hubby and I just celebrated the day we met....16 years ago! We had fun sharing memories and being thankful for each other! Your post is perfect! I am such a romantic! ♥

myletterstoemily said...

you have given hope to two types of women
today, those stuck in a terrivle job and those
stuck in a terrible marriage.

i'm very happy for you!

and i LOVE my "alice" book and book plates!
they were so beautifully packaged, i could
hardly bear to open them.

thank you!

Mary Isabella and Kiley too! said...

You are a very special person and I am so glad God led you to your special someone...hugs...m...

Sarah said...

Sweet, thoughtful post and a lovely story. Sounds like life is good!