Erik and I will have been married for 11 years this month! It is so crazy how fast time goes by…especially after having kids. We started dating 15 years ago this past summer so that means we have been together for nearly half my life! In honor of our wedding anniversary I thought it would be fun to share with you all the story of how Erik and I met!
I was always very shy, definitely the most shy of my friends! As we entered high school I got better and better with time but not near as outgoing as everyone else. We had a large group of friends and we hung out all of the time! Most of them had boy friends on and off and we had a lot of guy friends but I never dated anyone.
It was the summer before my 17th birthday and I was working at the grocery store in the neighboring town. I had made some new friends and was meeting lots of new people. I loved it! I got to know all of the regulars and me being the modest young girl I was, I didn’t notice one young man coming in quite frequently…
As it turns out I was being pursued and I had no idea! Erik came in almost every day (and always bought Dr. Pepper!). We would chat every time but I never thought much of it. I really never thought that anyone would really be interested in me. I honestly wasn’t even thinking about it!
Eventually one Friday night Erik came in and asked if I was going down to the Jubilee that night and if I wanted to meet up or go with him. I explain that I had to go home and eat dinner with my mom (she was making pork chops and I promised to be home!) but that I was going down later and I would see him then! At this point I had no idea how naive I was!
That night I rode down with my mom to find my friends. I found one of my guy friends from the store and I was walking around with him because we were both looking for our friends. As I was walking around I ran into Erik! We chatted a bit and then he said he was just going to go home for the night. I just told him goodbye and proceeded to look for my friends.
Time passed after that and I would still see him here or there but I was thinking of him more! One evening my sister and I were driving around town and we happened to drive by his house (I didn’t know where he lived) and he was outside. We kept on driving and I kept talking about it and finally, as we were nearing the edge of town on our way home, my sister said she would stop and knock on the door if I wanted her too. I was too big of a chicken to stop but at the last minute I said ‘Okay!’ and we went back! (Yes I was mortally embarrassed that my baby sister went to the door and not me but it worked out!) Erik came out to talk and we set up our first date!
And the rest is pretty much history. We got to know each other and fell hard fast! We spend all of our free time together! He became friends with my friends quickly, took me to my proms, dated as I went through college and asked me to marry him the summer before my senior year of college! We were married the following fall!
Long story short: First boyfriend, last boyfriend, forever. I am not sure what I would do without him! Do any of you have funny stories of how you met your significant other?! I would love to hear them!