Once upon a time, a girl met a boy in her Global Village class during her senior year of high school. They spent the next few months giggling their way through class, learning a lot about each other, but almost nothing about the globe.
Then one day (the day after Valentine’s Day), the boy called the girl and asked her out on a date.
“But you’re going out with Melinda,” the girl said.
“Not anymore,” he answered.
With that settled, they arranged for her to pick him up that evening (they were unconventional from the very beginning) and the love affair began.
Soon it was time for that great high school ritual—the senior prom. The love birds rented a limo (as you do) and danced the night away.
The summer passed quickly, and soon it was time for the girl to leave for college. Many tears were shed and letters exchanged. But although her friends told her she should move on, she was unable to forget the boy. And so, less than a year later, she transferred home.
The two were inseparable as their college years passed. They worked together, studied together, and snuggled together until the girl claimed exhaustion and headed off to bed each night (she has always been an early bird).
No one was surprised when the pair announced their engagement a few years later. Then, on a beautiful fall day, the two tied the knot and danced the night away once again—this time surrounded by all their family and friends.
The years passed. The couple laughed and cried. Rejoiced and fought in equal turn. They bought two houses. Picked up and moved across state lines not once, but twice. They took trips. Drank margaritas on Caribbean beaches. And when the girl could ignore the siren call no more, they had a baby.
Chaos ensued. The two hearts shattered, only to reform—bigger and more full of love than before.
Time passed. Their baby grew, changing their lives with every new phase. And before they knew it, their 13th wedding anniversary—October 24, 2011—arrived.
Their story is far from over. The ending has yet to be written. But it’s safe to say that they will indeed, live (mostly) happy ever after.