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When Your Mom Gives out Your Phone Number at Marshalls

Photo Credit: Brittany Rutowski

Photo Credit: Carolyn Creter

Chances are there’s been a time or two, or twenty, when your mom has embarrassed the hell out of you. It’s just what moms do.

Luckily for Carolyn Creter, the most embarrassing thing her mother ever pulled also ended up being the best thing that ever happened to her. What started out as a humiliating experience took a surprising turn that Carolyn could have never imagined.

In the summer of 2014, Carolyn received a text message from an unknown number. The conversation went as follows:

Photo Credit: Carolyn Creter

Mortified by what this stranger was telling her, Carolyn called her mom immediately. Her mom nonchalantly answered the phone as if nothing had happened, until Carolyn told her about the text messages. She shamelessly admitted, “I saw myself a very attractive young man.”

Photo Credit: Carolyn Creter

When Carolyn’s mom spotted Joey Burney, the handsome young man, in the Marshalls parking lot, she knew she had to play matchmaker. So she flagged him down and proceeded to rave about her daughter for a solid 20 minutes – even pulling out pictures of Carolyn to show him. She pressed on, saying Carolyn was funny and a great catch and urging Joey to call her. She then gave him Carolyn’s number and sped off in her Honda.

Most guys would laugh it off and think “that woman is crazy.” But not Joey Burney. He understood because he, too, has a mother who loves to embarrass him at every opportunity.

Exhibit A:

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So the two strangers already had one thing in common: mothers who couldn’t help but embarrass them – though all out of love, of course. The pair were able to have a good laugh about it which lead to more conversation.

Carolyn and Joey continued to text back and forth for the rest of the day and then agreed to meet for a date that same evening.

Photo Credit: Carolyn Creter

A month and a half later, they were engaged.

“A wise man once said only fools rush in. But I couldn’t help falling in love with Joey. When you know you’ve met the right person, you want forever to start as soon as possible.”

Now the couple has recently celebrated their 2 year anniversary of marriage together, and they are more in love than ever.

Photo Credit: Brittany Rutowski

Moral of the story: Mothers really do know best.