When I realized that my “About Me” section wasn’t a sufficient avenue to share the story of how John and I became husband and wife, I decided to start this mini series on the blog! If you missed Part 1 of this series, be sure to check it out to read all about how John and I both grew up in the small town of Florence. Growing up in a small town, there were so many opportunities for us to meet, but we didn’t! Now, for Part 2, I’ll be sharing how we actually did come to meet!
It all started in Biology class. During the first week of my Junior year of high school, I showed up for Biology class and took a seat, not knowing that my future husband sat in the chair in front of me. Since I sat behind him, I didn’t really have time to think about him being cute or anything (or to recognize him from 6th grade when his mom was my teacher). I heard him laughing and joking with a few people who sat around him. Then, just before class started, the weirdest thing happened. In classic John style, he turned around, without even introducing himself, and asked me if I would touch his hair. NO, I’m NOT joking.
He explained that he had just had the back of his head buzzed and that it felt really cool, so I should touch it. I remember laughing out loud and being so incredibly uncomfortable, yet at this point in time, also thinking “hey this guy is cute!” So I thought, what the heck, and touched the back of his head, all the while laughing about what was occuring. I’m pretty sure that first encounter ended with something like, “oh yeah.. That does feel cool,” sarcastically stated, yet highly amused, I was definitely interested. I thought, any guy who has the confidence to do something that silly is worth getting to know! It wasn’t until years later that John explained he thought I was cute and just wanted an excuse to talk to me… and I don’t even think I realized who he was until attendance was called!!
So the funny thing is, John actually transferred out of that Biology class within the week, but *THANKFULLY* we had Spanish class together too! In Spanish class, we got to talking and flirting, of course, and soon realized we liked each other. Before long, we stayed up all night talking to each other on the phone and spent every lunch together at school. After a few months of getting to know each other, John ended up asking me to be his girlfriend during Spanish class. He asked on the last slide of his Spanish class powerpoint presentation. I was in the back of the room totally not paying attention, and it wasn’t until people started pointing at me to look at the screen that John said “I asked in front of everyone so now you can’t say no.” I just started laughing and said yes! One of my favorite things about John is his sense of humor, and I feel like how we met and became boyfriend and girlfriend both perfectly showcase this! 🙂 So on October 14th, 2010, we officially began dating!
We spent the rest of John’s senior year as boyfriend and girlfriend, and would continue to date even when he graduated. One of my favorite things about being high school sweethearts is that we’ve experienced so much together! John was at all of my home volleyball games, and I would go watch his band play gigs (and go to his jazz band concerts too). I love that I went to prom with my husband, and that we were together for life milestones like high school graduation! Early in our relationship, we knew we were serious about what we had, and that we had found our best friend and life partner. Next post, I’ll be sharing how John popped the question in the most thoughtful way.. So make sure you check back for Part 3!
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