How we met after 60: ‘He mentioned he’d like somebody to share his life with. I mentioned: The place do I signal?’

How we met after 60: ‘He mentioned he’d like somebody to share his life with. I mentioned: The place do I signal?’

When Lynda noticed Leighton in a cinema queue she wasn’t anticipating sparks to fly. It was 2010, and she or he was fortunately single after transferring to Sonoma, California, the earlier yr. “I had plenty of mates, an awesome profession in advertising, and I had began finding out Ayurvedic medication,” she says. However the second she noticed Leighton one thing “stood out”. “It was like love at first sight. I simply thought, ‘How do I meet this man?’”

The cinema’s ticket-seller had failed to point out up, so Leighton, who was mates with the theatre’s proprietor, provided to assist out. “I obtained to the entrance of the queue and made a joke, asking him how he favored his new profession,” she says. They sat close to one another to look at the movie and, after it was over, Leighton’s buddy, Vic, invited Lynda to hitch them for a drink.

“We had an awesome dialog that evening,” says Leighton. “I’m a eager sailor and have my very own boat, which I advised her about. I discovered she grew up in Rhode Island and was all the time browsing, so she knew heaps in regards to the water.” Lynda found Leighton was additionally based mostly in Sonoma, however was on the brink of sail his boat round Hawaii for a number of months. “On the finish of the evening I exchanged contact particulars with Vic. He was fortunately married however clearly attempting to set Leighton and I up, so he recommended I be part of them on a crusing journey someday.”

Lynda and Leighton leaving for San Francisco in 2013.

Though Lynda was excited in regards to the prospect, it by no means materialised. For the following two years, Leighton took prolonged journeys to sea, sometimes popping again to Sonoma to see his mom. “We’d stumble upon one another sometimes, however nothing else occurred,” Lynda says. Then, in 2012, they noticed one another on the town and obtained chatting. Though Leighton was planning to go crusing once more, he invited her out for dinner earlier than he left. “After we exchanged enterprise playing cards, mine had a crusing boat and hers had a life ring,” he remembers.

Throughout their date, Leighton advised Lynda extra about his boat and she or he was captivated by his tales. “When he confirmed me movies of dolphin stampedes, I commented on how nice his life was,” she says. “He advised me it will be higher if he had somebody to share it with – I instantly requested, the place do I signal?”

They agreed to keep up a correspondence, although Lynda fearful they’d drift aside whereas he was at sea. Then, shortly after Leighton set sail for Hawaii, he was known as again as a result of his mom’s well being was quickly declining. He advised Lynda what had occurred and so they organized to satisfy in Santa Cruz, the place she was finding out, and sailed again to Sonoma. Though their relationship was very new, one thing felt proper. She stayed with him to assist nurse his mom throughout her remaining weeks.

“We hadn’t been collectively lengthy, however she was such a help to me,” says Leighton.

The next yr, they determined to go on an extended journey collectively, and spent their winter crusing across the Channel Islands in California. Lynda quickly fell in love with crusing and it stays an enormous ardour for them as a pair. They married in 2020, and now spend their winters in Sonoma, and their summers crusing across the north Pacific coast.

In keeping with Lynda, an astrologer predicted their romance after their first assembly. “She advised me I’d been single for therefore lengthy as a result of Venus wasn’t in my home of relationship, however that I’d be courting somebody by 2012,” she says. When she known as her to inform her about Leighton, she “wasn’t stunned”. “She additionally advised me that Venus goes by one other identify – Morning Star – which is the identify of Leighton’s boat.”

Leighton describes his companion as lovely, clever and adventurous. “I wanted to be with somebody who would need to come on these adventures with me. Not everybody can take that step, however Lynda’s very brave and has turn into my first mate on the boat.”

Lynda says the fantastic thing about assembly somebody later in life is that you just don’t have the identical insecurities you’ve once you’re youthful. “I felt I could possibly be very sincere with him. He’s assured in himself, however very good, measured, compassionate and affected person. I knew I may belief him to care for me.”

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