Choose Love: Extraordinary Love Stories

Kris + Steve | When Lightning Strikes Twice

March 29, 2019 Choose Love Season 1
Choose Love: Extraordinary Love Stories
Kris + Steve | When Lightning Strikes Twice
Show Notes Transcript

There is an old saying that if you love someone then let them go, for if they return, they were always yours. Kris and Steve Beall teach us that true love doesn't fade over time, and that lightning really can strike twice.

The story is narrated by Eddie.

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Speaker 1:

Welcome to the choose love podcast, the show that chronicles the extraordinary love of ordinary people. Our hope is that these stories will inspire us all to Hashtag choose love. The podcast is presented by l n Madeira , your digital bridesmaid. We are here to take your squad moments to the next level and help curate your bridal style so that you can focus on love. I'm Eddie Weisfeld . We all remember our first love. You fall head over heels for someone. Nothing else in the world matters except that one person. It's a brand new feeling. You don't ever want it to end, but it's a two part story and what comes right along with your first love is your first heartbreak. It isn't pretty, whereas magical is the first part of the story, but it's inevitable and just part of growing up, everyone has got to go through it. At some point today we hear the love chronicle of Chris and Steve Beel , a couple who went through just that, but don't tune out just yet because there's a third act of this particular story. Um , Christine bill , that's Chris. She's one of my mother's oldest friends. I've heard countless stories about the two of them growing up in the small town of Hudson, Ohio. But when I heard this story, it made me perk up and listen a little closer than usual. And Steve Beale that Steve, he works in sales and marketing and has a passion for closing a deal. He also grew up in Hudson but was a little older than my mother and Chris. So he would usually hang around with my uncle one day back in the summer of 1982 their paths would collide and neither of their lives would ever be the same.

Speaker 2:

I'm sitting with your mother, you're actually on your grandparent's front porch on Atterbury Boulevard and up drives this car. And this guy gets out of the car and walks in the house and I look at your mom and say, oh my gosh, Kelly, who is that guy? He's so cute. And your mom says, oh my gosh, that's like my other brother. That's Neil's best friends . Steve. And I asked you if he was going to be at the party that evening and she said, Oh, I'm sure he is. And I said, Oh , well you tell him I think he's cute and your mom said, ah yes. So now I have to stop because I went home and then your mom went to my house .

Speaker 3:

So Andy , I pulled up in a gold dodge charger, 1974 I think of what it was and I just got off my dad's roof. I was reroofing has the house for the summer. I was between my last quarter of college. I was going to finish up in the fall and I was pretty grimy and nerdy coming off the roof and then never the nails to grab a beer and sweat . He was doing, I think there was usually a party at the solvent house. So I stopped in and I saw your, your mom and Chris sitting on the front porch and said hi to hi to Kelly and walked in the house and he goes , wait for Neil, whatever he was doing. And Kelly approached me and said, you know my friend Chris and I'm like, yeah, she thinks you're cute. One off , you're going to be at the party tonight. And I said, yeah, I'll be at the party tonight. So Kelly disappeared. Neil came downstairs and I really wasn't going to go home and get cleaned up. I just going to hang out there for the party. And based on this conversation I said, deal . You know what? I think I'm going to go home and take a shower. So I went home, took a shower and tried to look my best and came back to the party. The rest is kinda history. We will actually, during the party, I'm sure you know something called quarters game. It was a game of corridors in your grandmother's kitchen. And uh , we were all playing and I was sitting next to Chris and before I knew it, everybody had left the kitchen except the two of us. And so I turned to her and I asked if I could kiss her and she said yes. So I gave her a kiss and that's a whole thing started. And the rest is history. We were together for two years. After that.

Speaker 1:

It was love at first sight. Life was good at this point. They fell hard for each other and quickly began to dream of their future together, planning their lives around one another. But life always seems to rear its ugly head at these points. And that is exactly what happened to Chris and Steve.

Speaker 2:

I was little younger, he was a little older and I was going to college and I went to Miami and um , he was getting his Masters at Kent State. So yeah,

Speaker 1:

they tried to make it work the best they could, making trips to see one another whenever they had time

Speaker 3:

dated for a couple of years. And I made the trek from [inaudible] state down the Oxford a lot, a lot, a lot of times in the winter back when we used to have winter. So it was quite challenging and um, you know,

Speaker 1:

but the distance causes problems eventually it got to be too much. They were at different stages in their lives now, different people from when they first met, things just were not the same anymore. So they decided to call it quits.

Speaker 2:

I was young.

Speaker 3:

Yeah . You know , she got involved in other things and I was trying to finish up my degree and start thinking about a career and you know, time slipped by and we kind of went our separate ways and , um, she went off to do her thing and I went off to do mine and, and didn't communicate other than seeing her maybe once or twice at someone's wedding,

Speaker 1:

life went on after they split apart. They both finished school and grew into their adult lives. They both eventually settled down and got married to other people and started having their own families.

Speaker 3:

So mutual friend thought I would like someone that she introduced me to. And um, it was sort of, you know, that time in life and, and so one thing led to another and we got, we got married and from there, you know, I worked on my career extensively and add my son, drew and, and uh, unfortunately as some things happen in life , uh , eventually we kinda grew apart and ended up in divorce.

Speaker 2:

And then on my, obviously I met somebody at Miami and married , um, had my son. Um, and then unfortunately divorce happens and um, ended up alone and that was it.

Speaker 1:

The story could end here. They both could have just continued their lives and never spoken to each other again, keeping one another as a mere memory from their past. Young love ends this way all the time. People meet and fall in love when they're young, but that love rarely grows to its potential. But that's not what happened because this isn't just a story about young love. This is a story about true love and true love will always find a way through circumstance and a little help from Facebook. Steve and Chris were able to find each other again.

Speaker 3:

I was vice president of marketing for an international firm and I had a, Facebook was just coming online at the time and a lot of people were talking to me about, you know, the marketing aspects of Facebook. And so I set up a Facebook account and really wasn't quite sure how it all worked. It was kinda hunting and pecking through Facebook. And you know, this whole friend people stuff. And I fermented Yamaha and I friend and some other folks that I knew. Um, and as things went along, as you probably know, Facebook offers up friend suggestions. And so one of the friends suggestions popped up was Chris . And I was kind of shocked when I saw that I wasn't quite sure what to do. Um, I kind of sat on it for awhile and then I sit on a friend request, I clicked on it and didn't know what was going on in her life.

Speaker 2:

And then I answered and said, wow, why after all these years, and I'm from there, it was kind of Chit chatting on Facebook and then our respective lives had changed. And then it was, you want to have a cup of coffee

Speaker 1:

now. It wasn't perfect, things didn't just fall right back into place. But like I said before, Steve has a passion to close the deal.

Speaker 3:

So I admired her coffee and she said, no.

Speaker 2:

Yeah, absolutely. Said absolutely not.

Speaker 3:

So since she wouldn't accept my offer for coffee, I sent her a curric machine and I said, when you finally come around to having coffee with me, you can use this machine to have coffee.

Speaker 2:

[inaudible] so in my, my friends now call him or while at the time called him the coffee guy.

Speaker 3:

So eventually she agreed to have coffee with me because one of her friends pestered her into it.

Speaker 2:

[inaudible] yeah. And um, we had coffee cause I'm like, what? I mean if I agreed to have coffee with you, what are we gonna talk about? You know, and we had coffee and that was, I was okay then asked me on a date , uh, real date. Uh Huh. Yeah , they went to dinner and that's kind of then here we are still right back in the place. Yeah. Like we had never, yeah , a little more mature aspect of our lives. Yes. Because I was, yeah, I was mature and older now

Speaker 1:

all these years later and their love for each other never left. The flame may have shrunk for a long time, but it never went out. Steve knew he never wanted to lose this opportunity to spend the rest of his life with Chris. So he finally decided that it was time to make it official and get married.

Speaker 3:

So had been dating probably healthy years, I think. I'm not quite sure. I'm not perfect on dates. And um, I decided, I decided I wasn't going to let this moment get away from me again because when we first met, she didn't want to go to college. She wanted to get married and actually her folks called me up to help convince her to go to college. So , um, I knew that would probably be the end of our relationship back then and it was, but to me and her parents is the right thing to do. So this time around I'm like, you know what, this stage of my life, I don't certainly need to ask permission of anybody. Um, so I arranged a long weekend at the island of St Croix and she thought it was all about her birthday

Speaker 2:

and all my, yeah, I told him , my friends always take me for my birthday, my 50th birthday of the suite . So that was not my intention. No.

Speaker 3:

So we got to say curoil and as soon as we got there, I'm like, Hey, you know, let's get into some casual clothes and that give me a chance to set the mood in the room. Yeah . And uh, she came out and I'm a big top 10 guy, so I had written the top 10 reasons to marry me. And of course I still didn't even know then with through my top 10 and then got down on one knee and she still didn't quite understand what was going on. Right. And I proposed and I didn't get it yesterday . Now I'm like, what? I got a what, what? And I serious. I'm like, okay, this isn't what I expected this practice this. No. But um, she obviously said yes, I did nine 10 friend and that's how it all happened . Yeah. That was it.

Speaker 1:

Chris and Steve tied the knot in January of 2019. In doing so, they made a few promises to each other.

Speaker 3:

Well, I know that my vows , I'd have to read them to Yeti cause there's no way I can memorize them all. But in there, I talked about the fact that lightning can really strike twice. It's struck when I met her at the Solomon household that first night. And it struck again when I had coffee with her. And there's just feelings in your life where you know what's right and you know what's the right person. And so a lot of it was around losing the opportunity some 30 years ago , uh , and not , and making sure I didn't lose it again

Speaker 2:

in mine, were just promising to love and honor

Speaker 3:

and cherish , um, forever and ever Chris's battles like mine were very much related to the past and then brought into the present. Right. Because it was such a dichotomy. We were very much in love back then and just circumstance, time it and allow it sometimes . So this time we weren't gonna let it slip away. Yeah .

Speaker 1:

Now their love story continues, but this time they'll finish it together. Thank you so much to Chris and Steve Beale for sharing their wonderful story with us. The show is presented by l n e d euro , your digital maid of honor and bridal style consultant. The mission of [inaudible] is to help elevate your squad moments and curate your bridal style so that you can focus on love. All the music for the show was provided by Purple planet.com like the podcast. Make sure to share it with your friends. The shows available on all major podcast providers. This is the choose love podcast. I'm Eddie Weisfeld and thank you for listening.