McDaddy and I graduated from the same high school in 1992. In a lot of ways, it seems like a lifetime ago.
Despite the fact that we grew up just fifteen miles apart (and the fact that he lived less than a mile from my grandma), had it not been for a school closing and subsequent consolidation, there is a very real possibility that we would have never met. Instead, we both showed up for the first day of summer band, ready to make new friends and lasting memories. We both played alto saxophone and immediately became friends. It wasn’t until much later that we actually started dating. In fact, I spent most of our high school years pining away for his best friend.
I kissed him (sounds bad, I know!) for the first time on his sixteenth birthday while he was at my house tutoring me in Trigonometry. I was never more proud of a “C” in my life, but I can’t help but think how much better I might have done had I kept my mind focused on working with angles, instead of working an angle.
By the end of our senior year, I was drawn to him. And why wouldn’t I be? He was polite, respectful, fun, brilliant, charming, and cute. It took some convincing, but by the time we graduated, we were a couple.
The rest, as they say, is history.
We’ve been together since 1992, which means I’ve been with him over half my life. This past weekend, we attended our 20th reunion. It was so much fun seeing and reconnecting with people we graduated with, but disheartening that out of 400+ graduates, only about 60 participated in the three events.
Through the years, we’ve been through a lot together…
1992 – visiting him at Tech School just after joining the Air Force.
1996 – just after engagement (I have no idea why this picture is so small)
1998 – Our wedding
2001 – London: The first stop on our European Tour
2002 – Pregnant at our 10 year class reunion
2003 Christmas Picture – We are parents! (Stevie – 1 year old)
2006 Christmas Picture – (Stevie -4, Alex - 1)
2009 – Deployment to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (We visited the week of our 11th wedding anniversary)
2011 – Summer Vacation to Florida
2012 – 20th Reunion
Wow, we are so blessed. There isn’t another soul on the planet I would want to share this ride with. I love you, McDaddy!
2 Lasek surgeries
6 company cars
We’ve Come A Long Way, Baby!