Our SoulMate Story

Gail and Tad’s SoulMate Story

Do you wonder if SoulMates really exist? Do you know anybody who has one?

That is why I have started this series of SoulMate Stories to let you how real people find theirs in real life.

My friend Gail and her husband Tad have an encouraging SoulMate story.  I just had to share it with you.  Their story demonstrates that there is hope for love in the second half of life or after a divorce.

“I consider myself a lucky soul because my SoulMate came into my life when I was 28. The first time I saw his photo, there was a “zing” …no, a “ZING!!!!!” sensation that ran through me. The problem? I was applying to work for him!

The person giving the office tour casually pointed at a photo collage and said, “This is Dr. Gates, and those are some photos of his family.” So, I knew there was a zing, and I knew there was a ring, so to speak.

I got the job. While there was chemistry between us from the moment we met, we never acted upon it.

Then one day shortly before I turned 40, Tad told a few of us trusted staff that he was getting a divorce. He wanted us to know because he would no longer be at his home address for after-hour emergency calls if they should arise. (He’s a dentist and it’s surprising how often a tooth gets knocked out during a nighttime basketball game or a toothache develops!)

A few weeks after that he came into the room where I sterilized instruments. “Gail, I feel like a freshman asking the most popular girl in school if she wants to go to the prom, but would you consider letting me court you?” I was flabbergasted because:

  1. Who says “court” anymore?
  2. Was I meant to be the rebound woman?
  3. For all he knew, I was still in a relationship. (I had actually parted ways with my significant other some months earlier, but Tad didn’t know that!)
  4. How does a working relationship between a boss and staff person translate into a dating relationship?

I was scared, but I said yes, he could court me. Two years later I said yes in front of a minister and a roomful of friends and family. We are about to celebrate our 15th wedding anniversary. I thank God every day that he brought us together!”


Gail Gates is the owner of AgingSchmaging, a website and blog “For Women Who Do Not Believe in Expiration Dates.” She is also and artist and author of the self-published book, Smoldering; Post-Menopausal Women and Creative Resurgence.

Want more SoulMate Stories? Read how Laura reconnected with her lost love.

Want to celebrate your love and share it with the world?  Send me your SoulMate Story to feature on my blog. Please include a photo of the two of you.



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