She kissed him. He kissed her back. And in an
instant, he was gone.
Barbara Tatge, 55, did not forget that
kiss, partly because of the photo she took as a proof of the dare she agreed to
when she left Tennessee to participate in the Boston Marathon. Her daughter
challenged her to kiss a random stranger, much like the women of Wellesley
College traditionally offer kisses to runners sprinting through their town.
race, Tatge's daughter encouraged her to find the man through a social media
search. The Tennessee resident obliged and shared the photo of the two kissing. The photo went viral and she received a response.
The Wellesley Townsman, a
Boston-area news outlet, received a letter from the wife of the man Tatge was
searching for and forwarded the letter to Tatge.
this story aired on the news we were pretty surprised," the mystery man's
wife wrote, requesting anonymity. "For me, I'm not mad. Believe me, our
friends have gotten a lot of mileage out of this story and I have thoroughly
enjoyed watching them give my husband grief!"
this may not be the ending that you had hoped for," the wife continued in her
letter. "That spontaneous, silly moment in Wellesley captured the fun, energy
and spirit of the Boston Marathon. I greatly admire your spunk and courage and
wish you many happy races in the future. Congratulations on your Boston
Tatge wrote the woman back
thanking her for being a good sport about the incident. She also apologized for any
embarrassment the search may have caused before making a promise to herself.
forward, I'm going to revert to only kissing single men," she said.