Conversations with strangers

One balmy summer’s evening in early December 2000, I found myself out of my element posing as my housemate’s boss at an interior design function in a gay night club.

That night I had wanted nothing more than to stay at home and veg out.

I was hot, sticky and stinky after a long drive home from work in my non-air conditioned 1975 VW which reeked of petrol. All I wanted to do was have a shower and sloth in front of the TV to watch Buffy or something.

My housemate, an interior designer, had other ideas.

She and her boss were supposed to attend a product launch, but when her boss couldn’t make it the invite fell to me.

I swear if I hadn’t been at odds with my other housemate, I wouldn’t have gone out. I’m not the most outgoing person and the thought of having to schmooze and make conversation with strangers kind of terrified me. The thought of being home alone with my other housemate terrified me more though, so off I went.

And schmooze I did.

And fun I had.

Before long, I had my first significant conversation of the night with a stranger.

It was with one of my housemate’s old uni mates who happened to be at the function.

Shortly after being introduced, we got to chatting about random things and the subject quickly turned to star signs. (My job at the time involved publishing star signs on Channel Seven’s Teletext service and I was a little, how shall we say, obsessed with them).

That day, my star signs said I would meet my star match.

My housemate told her friend this and asked him if he knew any single guys.

That’s when a young guy in a suit and glasses was introduced to me. Shortly after began my second significant conversation of the night with a stranger.

His suit was an instant turn off for me. I was seriously over guys who were full of themselves and thought they were God’s gift.

I was looking for a down to earth guy, specifically not a pretentious ex private school boy.

We got to chatting and his crooked smile, kind eyes, and playful nature quickly drew me in.

We only chatted briefly that night, possibly one hour at the max.

The event finished and our conversation was cut short.

On the way home, my housemate and I debriefed about the guy speculating over whether he was in fact my star match. We quickly discounted him after deciding he looked too young.

A couple of days later, my housemate’s uni friend called her. His friend had asked for my number.

When the phone eventually rang, I took it and its long extension lead into my pantry and we chatted and chatted and chatted.

That short conversation with a stranger on a balmy summer’s evening in December 2000 when I least expected it, was the start of something special. It was the day I met my star match. (Thank you Kisha wherever you are).

Thirteen and a half years and two kids later we are still never lost for words.

Everyone is a stranger to each other at one point. It’s what happens from that first encounter that decides whether they remain a stranger forever or become something else.

In Prague, about four years after our first 'conversation'.

In Prague, about four years after our first ‘conversation’.

Joining in today with always Josefa for Conversations over Coffee. On the last Thursday of each month, Josefa elects a topic to write about. This month’s theme was Conversations with strangers.

aj_coffee_button-1Also linking up With Some Grace for Flog Yo Blog Friday!

56 comments on Conversations with strangers

  1. Lydia C. Lee
    July 31, 2014 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

    That is so lovely! I love these stories – imagine if you had stayed home!!!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:13 am (3 years ago)

      I know! Thanks Lydia πŸ™‚

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  2. Lydia C. Lee
    July 31, 2014 at 6:25 am (3 years ago)

    And show him (and your ex flatmate)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

      I will definitely πŸ™‚

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  3. Andrea
    July 31, 2014 at 6:38 am (3 years ago)

    This made me cry a little bit (with happiness of course) xoxo

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

      Thanks darling. You were the best housemate I could ask for xxoo

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  4. Kathy
    July 31, 2014 at 6:48 am (3 years ago)

    Love the story of how you guys met. It’s often when we are out of our comfort zone that we meet people who really matter. Mr Yang and I met about two weeks after I moved to Rockhampton – I had a brand new flatmate and went out for the very first tie in Rockvegas. And the rest is history.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:14 am (3 years ago)

      Ahh good old Rockvegas πŸ™‚ That’s awesome, Kathy!

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  5. Elisha Ross
    July 31, 2014 at 7:59 am (3 years ago)

    Thats a great story Renee. Stars colliding. Nawwwww…. Cam and I met pretty randomly too like this. Though I am intrigued about this posing as your friends boss at an interior design party in a gay nightclub. Thats a conversation starter right there.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

      It sure is!! I’m not sure why they chose that as the venue, but it worked for us πŸ™‚

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  6. Pip
    July 31, 2014 at 9:04 am (3 years ago)

    Awww that’s a gorgeous story of first meeting. Can’t believe a star prediction actually came true! Such a sweet pic x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 11:15 am (3 years ago)

      Lol. Me too! Thanks Pip xx

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  7. Bron
    July 31, 2014 at 4:35 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a lovely start of many many conversations together renee!

    How exciting that your stars got it so right! Amazing x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 8:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Hee hee. Thanks Deb x

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  8. Lisa
    July 31, 2014 at 8:26 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww how sweet. I married a business/suit type guy after years of dating tradies…best decision ever. xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol Lisa. That’s awesome x

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  9. Zanni Louise
    July 31, 2014 at 8:28 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh bless! What a star match you are! Gorgeous story xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      July 31, 2014 at 8:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Zanni πŸ™‚ xx

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  10. Sarah from Creating Contentment
    July 31, 2014 at 9:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Such a lovely story! I love your line that everyone are strangers at some point, it is how that initial encounter goes. I love this concept of fate and destiny.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

      Me too, Sarah πŸ™‚ I’m glad you liked it!

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  11. Erin
    July 31, 2014 at 9:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww wow! I didn’t see that coming! So that’s how you met:)

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:37 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Erin πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:38 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Kate πŸ™‚

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  12. Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit
    August 1, 2014 at 7:07 am (3 years ago)

    That’s a great story! Love it
    My hubby was once a stranger too.
    Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:44 pm (3 years ago)

      Cute, Leanne πŸ™‚

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  13. Bec @ Seeing the Lighter Side of Parenting
    August 1, 2014 at 7:29 am (3 years ago)

    Oh wow! Sliding doors:) I met my husband through housemate intervention as well. They can be handy motivators, housemates, negative or otherwise.

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm (3 years ago)

      That’s so true, Bec πŸ™‚

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  14. Neets
    August 1, 2014 at 7:56 am (3 years ago)

    Oh I love this Renee. Isn’t it funny how we form a judgement on our future partners. You thought Dave’s suit was an instant turn off and he was full of himself. After being introduced to Greig for the first time, I went to Facebook to see who he knew. He had 3 friends all of which were his family. I labelled him as unsociable. Little did I know he had just returned from WA where he worked remotely and had no access to the internet. πŸ™‚ xx

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:45 pm (3 years ago)

      Ahh how funny. Yes, you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover πŸ™‚ x

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  15. Emily @ Have A Laugh On Me
    August 1, 2014 at 10:55 am (3 years ago)

    Aww bless I have goosebumps, quite similar to how I meet my hubby too! I believe life is all about immaculate timing! Have a great weekend lovely and see you in less than 4 weeks! x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay! I can’t believe it. So soon πŸ™‚ x

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:46 pm (3 years ago)

      It sure is, Michelle πŸ™‚

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  16. Toni
    August 1, 2014 at 11:58 am (3 years ago)

    I met Trent on a night out with my friend when I didn’t want to be out either!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

      I remember your story, Toni. It happens when we least expect it πŸ™‚

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  17. Pinky Poinker
    August 1, 2014 at 4:34 pm (3 years ago)

    I was hoping this post was going to end like it did. How amazing. What a story to tell your kids too! He must have been keen to chase down that number!

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Lol. Yes he was πŸ™‚

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  18. Bec @ The Plumbette
    August 1, 2014 at 4:44 pm (3 years ago)

    Aww Renee what a great story! I love reading encounter stories like that! πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:47 pm (3 years ago)

      Thanks Bec πŸ™‚ I love reading them too!

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  19. Mumabulous
    August 1, 2014 at 7:04 pm (3 years ago)

    Lovely story. I wish I could have caught a husband in the wild like that. Alas RSVP worked for me πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:48 pm (3 years ago)

      Haha! You’re hilarious πŸ™‚

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  20. Josefa @always Josefa
    August 1, 2014 at 7:17 pm (3 years ago)

    Awwwww this is just the best conversation with a stranger ever! And I love the sentiment that we are all strangers at some point or another. I remember the day hubby and I met, and even though that is close to twenty years ago now, I can still play it over and over in my mind like it was yesterday. Some moments, some conversations, you just never forget xx Josefa

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:57 pm (3 years ago)

      That is so true, Josefa. Thank you so much. I’m glad you liked it. Thanks for hosting πŸ™‚ x

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  21. Sarah@tomfo
    August 1, 2014 at 10:06 pm (3 years ago)

    Awwh what a gorgeous story. Looking forward to meeting you in person at the goldy…

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      Yay, Sarah! Can’t wait πŸ™‚

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  22. EssentiallyJess
    August 2, 2014 at 4:15 pm (3 years ago)

    Oh that is an awesome story! How lucky you went to that party. πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      I know right, Jess! Very lucky πŸ™‚

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  23. Grace
    August 3, 2014 at 5:41 pm (3 years ago)

    Naw! Fate working its magic! Fate and awesome housemates πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 3, 2014 at 7:58 pm (3 years ago)

      A great combo πŸ™‚

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    • mummywifeme
      mummywifeme
      August 5, 2014 at 8:04 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you, Sam πŸ™‚

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