An old man promises to wait for the woman he loves at their favorite cafe, and does so for over 20 years

After the circumstances forced them to divorce, a man promised to wait for the woman he loved at their favorite cafe. He waited almost 20 years before they finally met.

Ralph was in his 50s when he met Natalie, a 49-year-old woman who had applied to become his maid. As soon as he met her, Ralph fell in love with her and courted her.

At first, Natalie is scared of Ralph, and thinks her boss is just playing her a prank. He constantly talks to her while she works, and Natalie thinks this is a test to see if she’s easily distracted.

But the more time Natalie spends with Ralph, the more she is attracted to him. The bond that unites them scares her and she is considering quitting her job.

Although she wanted to stay away, she knew deep down that she did not want to leave – she also had feelings for Ralph. But she knew they could not be together, for Ralph was rich and she was a poor servant.

“We can never be together. It’s going to be the talk of the town,” she thought to herself. But the chemistry is undeniable and they start dating in secret.

“I know you feel it too, Natalie,” Ralph said to her one evening as she set the table so he could eat. Natalie looks at him for a long time, her eyes almost filled with tears.

“I know, Ralph, you know. But you also know we can never be together – people will not stop talking about us,” she replied.

Ralph immediately fell in love with Natalie. | Source: Pexel

“I do not care what people want to say. I love you and I want to be with you,” Ralph said, holding her hand. Natalie wonders if she will accept his suggestion to go out with him, but she suddenly remembers her daughter.

“You’re one of the best businessmen there is. Once they find out you’re dating a widow with a girl, they do not stop making headlines about you. I love you too much to save you from that kind of embarrassment. ” Natalie told her.

The couple sat in silence for a few seconds until Natalie finally decided to follow her heart. “I want to be with you,” she told him. “But maybe we should keep our relationship a secret for now.”

Ralph accepted his idea without question. All he wanted was to be with Natalie.

Natalie made Ralph’s dinner as they talked about their feelings. | Source: Pexel

They started frequenting a cafe, which became one of their favorites. They went there every night and ate and talked about life.

Because of this, Natalie came home late every day and her daughter Mia began to suspect that she was hiding something. Shortly after, the neighbors told her that her mother had a lover because they had already seen him hand her over several times.

“A man in a fancy car was about to hand her over. She’s not young enough to look for a rich man. What is she doing?” said the neighbors, trying to embarrass Natalie and her daughter. This made Mia angry when she thought her mother was embarrassing her.

“Why are you dating your boss?” Mia asked her mother the night after she got home. “Do you know the whole neighborhood is talking about you?”

Ralph and Natalie visited a cafe that turned out to be their favorite. | Source: Pexel

“I love her, Mia. I love her,” Natalie admitted. But Mia does not believe it and she thinks her mother wants her husband’s money back.

“Please, you’re only after his money. It’s embarrassing!” shouted Mia. “If you continue this relationship, you will never see your granddaughter once she is born!”

Natalie fell asleep crying that night. Her daughter was due to give birth later in the week and she could not bear to think about not watching her granddaughter grow up.

After the birth of her granddaughter, Natalie decides to leave Ralph, but not before she finds herself one last time at their favorite cafe. Ralph also asks her to meet her because he has something important to tell her.

But when Natalie took the bus to the cafe, she suddenly got tremors. She realized she could not help but give in when she saw Ralph, so she did not go.

Natalie did not want to miss her granddaughter’s life. | Source: Pexel

Ralph is sure Natalie is the one he will spend the rest of his life with. Love instantly broke out between them, and every day they spent together was heaven for him.

He asks Natalie to join him at their favorite cafe as he intends to propose to her. He was curious because Natalie told him she had something to say too.

Ralph waited for her all day, but Natalie never came. He searched for her throughout the neighborhood but never found her. He never saw Natalie again and heard from their neighbors that they had left town without informing them of their destination.

Ralph was determined to find Natalie and rented billboards all over town and along the highway that read, “Natalie, I meet you at our favorite cafe every day at 7pm. Love you forever, Ralph”. And every day he was waiting for her in this cafe at 7pm. Almost twenty years had passed, however, and Ralph was still waiting for Natalie at the same table.

One day a woman was sitting across from him. He looks up and thinks it’s finally Natalie, but it’s the waitress. “Sorry, sir. I noticed you come here every day as if you were expecting someone. I just started working here and I wanted to hear your story,” she said politely.

One day a waitress approached Ralph and wanted to know his story. | Source: Pexel

Ralph smiled. “Waiting for the love of my life, Natalie Stephens,” he replied calmly, and the waitress’ face faded with shock.

“Natalie Stephens? That’s my grandmother’s name!” she exclaims.

Ralph is amazed. “Is that your grandmother? My Natalie? Where is she? How is she?” Ralph asks with tears in his eyes. “I’ve been waiting for her for almost twenty years,” he shouted.

“Grandma moved to another town with my mom after I was born. Grandma stayed with mom until she died two years ago. It was always my grandma and me, but I’m in town at the moment in college,” the waitress revealed , who introduced himself as Amanda. “My grandmother told me about your story. I never thought I would meet you here,” she admitted.

“Once, when Grandma was sick, she told me about you and regretted what happened. I should love and not be afraid of the thoughts of others!” – she says. Grandma is much healthier now. I’ll take him to your house, “said Amanda, determined to get Ralph and Natalie back together.

Amanda did everything to get Natalie and Ralph back together. | Source: Pexel

Ralph could not believe she had bumped into Natalie’s granddaughter. He can not prevent the tears from flowing and asks the young woman to help him find Natalie. Amanda promises him that she will take Natalie back to town so she and Ralph can be reunited.

That weekend, Amanda returns home to pick up Natalie. They boarded the bus back to town, where Amanda guided Natalie to the cafe. “Someone here has been waiting for almost twenty years to see you again, Grandma,” Amanda said, looking over at Ralph’s table.

“Ralph?” shouted Natalie. “I can not believe it! Is it really you?”

Ralph got up and walked slowly towards Natalie. It was as if Amanda was watching a romantic movie. He hugged her hard and let the tears flow. “I thought I would never see you again,” he told her.

“I thought I was going to live with regrets for the rest of my life. I should never have left you,” Natalie told Ralph as they continued to kiss. “I’m glad we got to see each other again.”

After nearly twenty years, Ralph and Natalie are reunited in the cafe that meant so much to their relationship. Amanda gave her grandmother her blessing on dating Ralph, which Natalie never got from her late daughter Mia.

It was not too late for Ralph and Natalie to start living together again, and it was as if they were two teenagers in love. They never left each other and spent the rest of their lives together.

What can we learn from this story?

  • What others say about your life should not mean anything to you. Natalie talked about the city because of her relationship with Ralph, and it made her walk away from a relationship that meant a lot to her. She realized that she should never have let people dictate how she chose her life, because they were just spectators anyway.
  • True love endures the test of time. Ralph remained faithful to Natalie all these years, waiting patiently for her return, even though he had no assurances about it.

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