Moonspun has asked me a couple of different times to talk about how The Boss and I met. I will oblige her request today...
It was late October of 2004, just over a month into my sophomore year of college. It was my best friend's birthday, and I was joining her for lunch with one of her friends at the campus cafeteria. I was running a little late, and my friend and her friend had already found a table by the time I had picked out my lunch and joined them.
As I sat down, my friend introduced me to her friend. She was sitting diagonally across the table from me, dressed smartly in a light jacket and a scarf that complimented her long brown hair. She was cute, and seemed to be really nice. Lunch went by quickly, with me teasing and jokingly making fun of the both of them. We parted ways as we left the cafeteria, and I rushed off to class. Over the next month or so I had lunch a few more times with my friend and this girl, gradually getting to know her better but still teasing her jokingly as often as I could. I enjoyed spending time with this girl, but I was having problems convincing a crazy ex-girlfriend that it was over, so I never really let myself feel attracted to her.
In late November, this girl and I were walking together after lunch. She was heading to class, I was going back to my dorm room. Our shoes were crunching loudly on the packed snow beneath us as our exhaled breaths formed into clouds in the cold mid-day air. We paused for a few seconds where the walkway split into two directions and said our goodbyes. It was at that moment that I realized I had a pretty big crush on her. I did nothing about it at first, though, not having much confidence in myself after a number of failed attempts at relationships.
About a week into December my best friend approached me. It turns out that this girl had a crush on me, but didn't have the courage to ask me out. Like the complete geek that I was (and still am, really), I got her screen name and we began talking online. We set up a time to hang out together, just the two of us. I made her hot chocolate and we watched a few movies, not really paying attention to them but rather talking the entire time.
On December 16th, I was over at her dorm room, watching a movie as we had become accustomed to doing together. Midway through the movie, I asked her a question.
"Can I see your hand for a minute?"
"Sure," she said, looking puzzled.
I placed her hand in mine, our fingers intertwined. "I just wanted to see how it fits."
Still looking at me with a confused look, I continued:
"It fits perfectly."
That night, we officially started dating.
It's almost been four years since the day we met. I proposed to her on our one year anniversary, in front of a roaring fireplace inside a log cabin in northern New Hampshire. We were married six months later. It hardly seems like four years have passed already, and much less that we've been married for over two years already.
Regardless of all that, I'm lucky to have spent them with a woman as wonderful as she is.
P.S. Contest? What contest?