Bruce Law Firm March 2019

CHANCE, FATE, AND A LOT OF LUCK Thank Goodness for Second First Dates march 2019

The luckiest thing that’s ever happened to me by far was meeting Ashley. Well, truthfully, the luckiest thing is that Ashley got back in touch with me. The story starts just after we finished law school. You’d think that once you graduate you’d be a real, bona fide lawyer, but it’s not that easy. You have to take an exam with the state to prove you’re really ready to practice law: the infamous bar exam. Because it’s such an intense test, many freshly-graduated law students take one last class to help prepare them for the bar exam. Instead of staying in Tallahassee to take the class near my school, I decided to take it in South Florida where my parents are from. Lucky thing I did because in this class, I met Ashley.

I had the good fortune to sit behind her on the first day of class. We had conversations throughout the week and I loved talking to her, although I’m pretty sure she thought I wasn’t all that smart — there was one occasion I forgot which topic we were talking about. Of course I might have been ... a little distracted. By contrast, Ashley was really focused on her studies and passing the coming exam. At the end of the course I worked up the courage to ask for her number. She kindly brushed me off. As Ashley says today, she knew we’d be seeing each other again, and she was right. Lady Luck was still looking out for me. Ashley and I ended up working in the same city. We happened to meet again at a networking happy hour, and eventually we went out for sushi. Here’s where the story takes a turn. I messed up big time — I didn’t call Ashley after our date. Can you believe that? Understandably, she started dating someone else. Some time went by, and eventually — thank goodness — we connected again. She reached out to ask if I wanted to play on a kickball team with a group of friends. I said yes and soon learned she wasn’t dating anyone. Eventually, I asked her to go see a comedy show, and we had our second first date. The rest, as they say, is history. I’m really lucky Ashley got back in touch with me. I’m also grateful she didn’t give me her number that first time because it showed me she was passionate about what she was doing. It’s true to who she is today — a strong, passionate, motivated person whom I feel so lucky to be with. March 8 is International Women’s Day, and I want to take a moment to celebrate the strong women in my life — my wife, Ashley; my mom, and Ashley’s mom, Bernice, who are trailblazers in the fields of law and accounting; and my coworkers, Nicole, Rosalie, and Jennifer. These women balance very demanding and respected roles, helping people every day and raising their families. They do all of it admirably, and they are an inspiration to me.

Which women inspire you?

– Chris Bruce

Then after that second first date ...

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