“Just Take The First Step”
Peter was so taken in by Geraldine, that he wrote her a very special poem after they first met which he has happily shared with us. They are now happily married, and encourages all singles out there to take the first proactive step of widening their social circles by joining Lunch Actually.
Poem (LOVE AT FIRST FRIGHT!):
Goodness! … She came early that Saturday afternoon
While me just made it on time.
Moments before I reached there, I wondered
What kind a woman is she really like?
“Err .. She’s the old and sentimental type?”, I thought mischievously
For I knew she loved watching Jaws –
That killer shark with a voracious appetite screened years ago;
Or even worse I thought – she’s dated and frail!
Reckon she’s a terror too?
For I knew that her most trusted companion –
Was a fearsome Labrador Retriever that packed more than a yelp!
I’d better watch my mouth, it suddenly struck me.
As I entered Bboss, I caught a glimpse of her – Geraldine
“She’s so beautiful!” my inner voice interrupted.
Over lunch actually did we then exchange smiles and a handshake,
And I quickly plumped myself onto the chair, not knowing what’s to come.
Little did I expect that as food and drinks were being served,
Conversation and humour would spread so infectiously.
And I soon forgot about Jaws and the deep-seated fear –
That she’s the Retriever incarnate herself!
Dare I say that she has fine taste in her selection of the dishes?
“La principessa, il vostro gusto in alimento fine è eccellente!”[i]
She loves everything Italian – pasta and cheese;
I, on the other hand, savoured her as lunch … actually … Hee!
Interestingly, we exchanged quite a few personal histories,
And “My God!” – what an interesting girl she really is!
The man inside me wanted more of her – not just her excellent taste buds;
To me she no longer was the Jaws or Retriever I feared.
Now soon I found myself engaged in her delightful company,
We yakked and laughed till our brains turned us cuckoo!
But before the heartburns set in, I had called for the docket[ii] –
And I knew that time was not on my side.
Eeks! The exciting luncheon rendezvous ended,
And it sickened me to the teeth that Geraldine had to go.
In my mind I knew I had to see her again – somewhere, somehow;
Because the fool inside me had forgotten to get her number!