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When I first met him, I was living at the Villa Roma, a sweet little rose-pink courtyard apartment on a tree-lined street. Problem was, there was almost never a place to park. I might sit in front of my apartment for up to an hour waiting for someone to leave, then grab their spot.

One of the most telling things about him, and what just might have made me fall in love with him, was that early on he surprised me by renting me a parking spot in a lot just a half block from my apartment.

I married him.



RetroFlash – 100 words

Profile photo of Barbara Buckles Barbara Buckles
Artist, writer, storyteller, spy. Okay, not a spy…I was just going for the rhythm.

I call myself “an inveterate dabbler.” (And my husband calls me “an invertebrate babbler.”) I just love to create one way or another. My latest passion is telling true stories live, on stage. Because it scares the hell out of me.

As a memoirist, I focus on the undercurrents. Drawing from memory, diaries, notes, letters and photographs, I never ever lie, but I do claim creative license when fleshing out actual events in order to enhance the literary quality, i.e., what I might have been wearing, what might have been on the table, what season it might have been. By virtue of its genre, memoir also adds a patina of introspection and insight that most probably did not exist in real time.

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  1. Khati Hendry says:

    Aww, how sweet!!! You ended up with a really thoughtful honey.

  2. Marian says:

    Aw, what a sweet flash, Barb, and what a gem of a gentleman you found! I’d forgotten that, when I met my now ex-husband, I lived in a fourplex in Menlo Park, a town that does not allow overnight parking on the street. My car used the one carport, and my fellow had to park in a grocery store lot several blocks away when he wanted to visit!

  3. Betsy Pfau says:

    He made a smart move and so did you!

  4. Suzy says:

    Romance in a parking spot. I love it!

  5. John Shutkin says:

    This has to be the most perfect parking love story ever written, Barb!

    When the Bible says, ” There is no greater love than this,” I am sure that it had in mind the renting of a convenient parking space. And your final three words say it all. Brava!

  6. Wow! Great lead line, great love story! What a guy!

  7. Yes! Go for the man who puts his resources into something truly productive! Getting you a parking spot! Yea!

  8. Laurie Levy says:

    Great choice, Barb. Can’t think of a nicer gift for someone in your parking situation.

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