Five serious relationships. The first lasted about two years. I was very young, early twenties, and had maybe unreasonable expectations. He was nice, funny, and literally chased the pants off me. Then once he got me, he was "too busy" to actually nurture the relationship. The affair died of starvation eventually. I'm surprised it lived for almost two years. By the end, I was bitter and depressed. But then...
...Along came my knight in shining armor to rescue me. We were introduced by a friend. This guy was much older than I was, and sometimes I felt like a trophy, but he was good to me. I moved in with him, and we were together five years, until he was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Diagnosed the middle of March, dead on April 18. My father had died 5 months before. Talk about feeling like the angel of death....He left me everything he had, his house his money, bank accounts, investments.
A few years later I met one of the most handsome guys I've ever seen. Absolutely gorgeous, oozing charm, the attraction was electric. After a couple of years, he became too busy to nurture the relationship. Wait, where did I hear that before? Oh, yes, in relationship number one. Second verse the same as the first. The relationship died, bitterly. He has a prestigious job today, and I wish him well.
After a brief stint at being single, I got involved with a nice, smart guy who was a computer genius. To make a long story short, he was killed in a motorcycle accent, and that was the end of that.
Met my present partner in a drugstore, and literally followed him home, like a dog. I was stunned by the instant attraction. We've been together six years. He's smart, funny, kind, has a great sense of humor, loves animals, a fellow hiking enthusiast, a voracious reader and a great conversationalist. He's always calm, cool and collected. He's a quick thinker, and always knows the solution to every problem. He keeps me sane and grounded. He never gets upset. He's good-looking, with bright blue eyes, gorgeous cheekbones, and dark curly hair. He's 36, and actually looks younger. (When he was 26, he was still being carded.) He's a fantastic cook, and I am not. If I had ordered him out of a catalog, I couldn't have found a better match.