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A True Love Story With A Twist of Fate. Meet Mr.Friday

Michelle Dale - Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This is a true story, I don't know how common it is, maybe it's very common, maybe not so common at all, all I know is that I was certainly not expecting it, maybe my husband wasn't either...

When I was born I was named Michelle Louise Dale, after my father Michael Dale (Michelle is the female equivilant).

When I was living in Egypt, I had a friend who was a lovely woman and she rented out flats in her building. She told me that there was a tall handsome Californian man in his early 30's renting out one of her flats and I should go and meet him, (yeah, she was matchmaking I think) she suggested she invite him up for a coffee at the same time she invites me for a coffee as we might get along. Given the fact that young handsome men from California, and English was their first language were pretty scarce in Luxor at that time, I said sure why not, what's his name?

She said his name is Dale.... My friend and I went on first name terms funnily enough and I said, wow that's weird, so is mine. My name is Michelle Dale.

So... She invited me and Dale to have a coffee at her flat one evening and he and I hit it off, I think.... Actually he asked my friend for my number after I left and then he didn't call me for over a week, I think he was on Egyptian time.

Anyway, around 10 days later Dale called me, and we met for a drink, within a month we were planning the rest of the foreseeable future together.

That was in 2006. In 2007 our son was born, in 2009 our daughter and in 2010, we married. So I guess my name now 'officially' is no longer Dale, however my business and everything I built over the years has always been from Michelle Dale and hence I never changed my name.

Life has been unusual having the same name as my husband. When we were in the registry office creating our child's first birth certificate we were asked if we were sure my name was Michelle Dale... The same thing happened with our daughter, then again when we got married, when we applied for a lease on a house, and pretty much at any given point where we have had to provide both our names.

It's also interesting how we ended up getting married - you see that's us on our wedding day in the image above... No white gown, masses of people or food... We had been battling with the VISA office for ages in France since he is from the USA and decided to get married to make life a little easier for all of us, so on a cold February day we went to the registry office to sign the marriage papers, no fancy anything, no grand wedding plans, but really it didn't matter, what matters the most in life is simply being with the ones you love. I bought my 'wedding outfit' from a French supermarket a few days before, crazy right... In the photo you'll see our 2 witnesses, to the left, is Dorota, our Polish mid-wife from when we had Akasha (who I'm holding) and to the far right, a very good Swiss neighbour and friend, who helped us with Dale's VISA. In the middle, the man who married us, and to my right, his assistant.

We've also been asked if my husband took my name when we married instead of me taking his, but no, he was also a Dale before we met.

Since my husband joined me in the business shortly after the birth of our son, I have since been questioned when he sends emails using his name Dale, if I am pretending to be 2 people... this happens frequently, I'm not pretending to be 2 people.

So really this post is to say, yes, my name is Michelle Dale, and yes my husband is also called Dale, and he works with me in Virtual Miss Friday :-)

Just to make matters interesting, our son's middle name is also Dale so it looks like we gave him both my name and my husband's name. In hindsight that may have not been such a good idea and he'll also get the blank look when someone asks him what's your mother's maiden name and he says "Dale," having just told them his father's name is Dale and his middle name is Dale....

Anyway, this is all just a happy coincidence and in some ways I think fate just gave me that little helping hand to show me that I had chosen the right man to spend my life with.

So what's Dale's last name? I'm not saying, but what I can say is that it's foreign and very hard to pronounce the first time you say it, and it has a lot of letters in it. Needless to say, it's probably simpler I stayed with Michelle Dale.

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Hi I'm Michelle, an entrepreneur specialising in virtual assistance, a digital and real world nomad, and a down-to-earth mother of three.

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