So there I was, minding my own business, slowly but surely becoming “that guy” who bounced from one dysfunctional six-month relationship to the next, when I re-met a girl I’d gone to high school with. But not just any girl–a special girl whom I’d always found extremely attractive in so many different ways. I’m speaking, of course, of Caroline.
No problem, right? I mean, “that guy” has been there before, so just dust off a bit of charm and see what happens, right?
Wrong. Because Caroline was a single mom. And given my train-wreck-laden track record in the romance department, I knew I needed a different approach, especially considering there was a little girl involved. One who’d suffered the permanent scar that comes with a broken home.
Nearly a decade later, I’m still sometimes shocked that it all worked out. But it did, and I think one reason is the approach I wound up taking. I’m not saying it’s the right approach for everyone in such a situation, but I am saying that it worked for us. And it started before we ever even went out on a single date.
So, Alli, if you’re reading, here’s the step-by-step breakdown of how I met (then married) your (single) mother.
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