Tooti met Charlie at a pool party in 1990, when she was dating another guy.
The pool: Charlie noticed me playing pool volleyball in what he called my bumblebee bathing suit. It was yellow and black. I saw him a week later at a pub, where my date had taken me for dinner. But as soon as we arrived, the date left my side for the entire evening. This hurt my feelings.
The gentleman: I didn't have transportation, so I stayed at the table and pretended I was fine. Charlie could tell the guy wasn't really interested in me, and, being a gentleman, came over and asked if I wanted something to eat. I said OK. We talked about family, love and friendships. Charlie picked up the tab.
The pickup line: The next day I went to the pool, and there was Charlie. He said, “Hi, gorgeous. How are you today?” Of course I'm thinking we had a great chat last evening, but this seems like a pickup line. After several hours of chit-chat, Charlie asked me out to dinner. From the night of our first date, we spent as much time together as possible. We knew we had found our true soul mates.
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The accident: In March 1991, we were involved in a serious car accident. I was sent via helicopter to a trauma center, where they worked to save my life. Charlie was less severely injured and promised my mom he would take care of me. After several months and numerous surgeries, I was able to return to work. One afternoon, Charlie asked me to marry him. Of course I said yes. The wedding was October 25, 1991.