Steve and I met 21 years ago. He was a strong, lean package pickup employee working for JCPenney while attending community college on a guitar scholarship and I was a cute 19 year education major working in the infant department and living with my parents.
Our first date was to the drive in. We ordered Pizza Hut pizza and wine coolers. I remember what he liked about me was that I wasn’t afraid to eat. I ate as much pizza as he did! What I liked about him was his nervousness and sincerity. I could tell he was nervous by the shaking of his hands, but I also saw in him a true interest in knowing me.
I think the connection between Steve and I has been there from the beginning. It didn’t take us long to realize that we wanted to spend every waking moment together. We were married a year after our first date.
In the 20 years we have been married, we have put ourselves through college (and still have the student loans to prove it!), we have lived in two states and seven different homes (five we rented and two we owned), we have owned 10 cars (only two of those being brand new and the rest very used to more recently slightly used), and we have had three used couches and two new couches (the first new couch set is 13 years old and the second is about 4). We have welcomed into our home a variety of guitars and equipment. We have taken very few vacations but still fondly think of lazy weekends that we rented movies and ordered take out food doing nothing more than eating, napping, and ???? all weekend long. We have experienced new jobs and once no job, we have experienced both our parents divorcing after we were married,and we left the Catholic church early in our marriage for a spiritual path that we call our own. Best of all, we have shared the birth of two beautiful children together.
Basically, we have grown up together and fortunately we have grown closer together. We have learned a lot on our journey together and it hasn’t always been easy. However, it has always been comforting to know that my very best friend is always there traveling along the road with me!