(Click here to read Part 1: How We Met. And in the comments today, I hope you’ll share your story too!)
I was heartbroken, but didn’t show it. I had tried to do everything the right way and liked my chances…and then she dropped the ONE YEAR bomb.
Kat: As if this situation weren’t awkward enough, several of my roommates happened to be standing right outside our apartment chatting with our neighbors. One of our neighbors who was a like a little brother too us (he was a mere sophomore) thought he’d be helpful, so he yelled, “Just kiss her!!”
Jimmy: The next weekend was Thanksgiving. I was in San Antonio visiting my grandmother and remember being upset about the whole deal, when it occurred to me…she didn’t say ONE YEAR…she said FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. It was already almost December…that’s not long.
Hope springs eternal.
Kat: When we came back from the break someone asked Jimmy what he did over the holidays and he mentioned that he had gone swing dancing with his grandma and mom.
Oh. my. goodness. Could he be anymore perfect?
I’d never looked forward to the end of the year more than that year…
Jimmy: So January rolls around…how to bring something like that up?
…hey, it’s a new year…you and me, me and you, wink wink…
Not sure I remember exactly how it all played out, but we spent more and more time together, and had a few interesting “Define The Relationship” talks, and the next thing you know we were a couple.
At the local airport they have a spot where you can park your car and watch the planes come in. So for our first official date we grabbed some burgers and fries from a place called “The Health Camp” and drove out there.
I did not realize, however, that in our small city at that time only one plane flew in every hour. So we saw one plane…but the conversation was nice.
Kat: I’ll never forget one of those pre-dating “Define The Relationship” talks. I’d been a little flakey about the whole thing because I really didn’t want to get into a “rebound” relationship. That wouldn’t have been healthy for either of us.
We were sitting in his car talking and he said that a girl had invited him to her sorority function.
I thought he was about to tell me he’d had enough and he thought we should go our separate ways. I mean, who would turn down a Baylor sorority girl? In my mind, that was pretty much synonomous with “stunningly beautiful, rich and stylish.”
I had a hard time believing what Jimmy said next.
He said, “I told her no. There’s no other girl on this campus that I want to be with but you and I’m going to wait for you until you tell me no.”
So many of my insecurities faded away in that moment. Here was this handsome, wonderful, smart guy who wanted…me?
This time I said yes.
How We Got Engaged
Jimmy: Since our first date at the airport was such as success, why not get engaged there?
A family friend worked at the airport and agreed to let us into the top floor conference room, where they had floor to ceiling windows by which we could sit and watch the planes as they came (hypothetically)…or at least have diner illuminated by runway lights.
I made some food, I think it was stir fry, and we had a little table with two chairs. It was her birthday so she didn’t necessarily know that this was coming.
At some point I pointed to the runway suggesting that a plane was coming in. She looked…no plane.
When she turned back around I was beside her on my knee. I proposed, not sure what I said…something close to, I love you, will you marry me (no eye twitching this time). She said yes.
We spent the rest of the evening finding every friend we could so that we could tell them about our engagement and so that she could show them the ring. It was a very modest ring.
I spent all summer after my senior year prior to grad school working for the Parks and Recreations department, weed eating and cleaning bathrooms and trash cans, getting poison ivy multiple times…all so I could afford a little $740 ring that she treasures to this day.
Kat: I love my ring. I remember how much he suffered from that poison ivy and it makes me adore my ring even more…knowing how hard he worked for it.
How We Got Married
Jimmy: We were married at Miller Chapel on the Baylor campus.
We had a nice rehearsal dinner at a local Mexican food place that no longer exists. It is now the Law offices of Someone & Someone Else.
Afterwards, the men in my wedding party went to play basketball at a High School gym, which ended at the emergency room since two of then smashed heads going for a loose ball. We all thought that was a suitable end to the evening.
After the ceremony we had a reception and someone stuck Oreos all over the 4Runner I was driving. They stick great but when you drive down the highway at 70 miles an hour they start flying off. They also tied a balloon to my antenna…which caused the antenna to break in half as soon as I got up to 50 miles and hour…guess I should have taken that off. No big deal.
We were married, and happy, and exhausted and were driving to Dallas en route to Banff, Canada to start our new life.
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