Once upon a time there was a fair maiden (that would be me) Teresa and I did nothing but work. To the point that my only friends were retired although I was just turning 40. My friend, DJ, asked me to go on the February 2007 cruise to the Caribbean. It was on my bucket list since I had never gone on a cruise before.
The second day at sea, I can’t say that I had the full grasp of “cruising” yet and remember, I’m the workaholic. Relaxing was (and still is) a bit of a challenge for me. My friend DJ, she was 75 at the time and so we had a deal that after dinner, I would walk ahead and order our drinks before the show. This time, I see a beautiful older lady walk by and I thought, I want to look like her when I’m that age. So elegant and graceful. Then, behind her was this beautiful man! I mean gorgeous and we both smiled at one another. But my heart was like wow and dancing! That is unusual as I didn’t believe in love at first site or love at all. It was just a chemical reaction, easily explainable.
After exchanging glances and smiles a couple of times, I suddenly am faced with the woman walking toward me. She asked to sit down and I obliged. He sat across from me. She reached out and said, “Hello, my name is Eve.” I introduced myself. She then said, “and this is my son, Michael.” I was jumping up and down inside. We only talked for a few minutes and then off in different directions.
We found each other again the next day or so and started hanging out in the Crow’s Nest after his mom and my friend retired for the evening. We would talk until 2 a.m. and then after four days, while riding the elevator, he bent down on one knee and asked me to marry him. As the doors opened, I said yes. Neither one of us were known for being spontaneous or risk takers. But somehow we just knew.
We were married soon after and after five years, we are returning to the ms Noordam for our honeymoon the 27th of this month. We are madly in love and reminisce about meeting and our story, often. I hope everyone finds themselves as lucky as we were to fall in love at sea and has a Holland America Line love story to tell. Fair Winds and Calm Seas. — Teresa Burgess-Ogilvie