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As our relationship progressed, Brian proved to be a gentleman, treating me with respect and tenderness.He’d send me flowers and romantic cards with the sweetest notes inside—just because.I told him I needed space to think to be sure we were right together.While I expected an emotional scene, Brian’s confident response surprised (and attracted) me.When I met my husband-to-be at my best friend’s wedding, I was honestly not that impressed.To me, the well-dressed, dark haired young man was just the third in-a-row of eager single guys my grandmother insisted on introducing me to at the wedding reception. He first noticed me during the ceremony where I was maid of honor.I noticed his great sense of humor, and that we had similar values. I remember asking myself at the time, “Why don’t you give a nice guy a chance for a change and see where it goes”?I’ve written before that my feelings for Brian began to change on our third date, when he helped me out in the church nursery.
On our first date, eating lunch at a local seafood restaurant, we talked about our similar (broken) family backgrounds.But Brian—who had not been able to stop thinking about me since the wedding—was undeterred.He had an easy confidence about him, and slowly, but surely, began to change my mind.In fact, by the time she brought him over, I was too irritated by her all-to-obvious attempts to find me a boyfriend to really pay him much attention. Later at the reception, he watched me from across the room, wishing he could meet me, but too shy to make a move, until Providence—in the form of my grandmother—intervened.“I just had to come over here and meet the handsome young man in such a fancy suit!” she said, introducing herself as “grandmother of the maid of honor.” Then she asked him if he’d like to meet me.