Johnson Law Firm - February 2018


February 2018 (571) 298-0517

7th Time’s the Charm


W hen I first met my wife, Steffany, I was taking a break after law school by teaching special- education math and coaching football. Steffany’s mom was a teacher at the middle school I was at, and sometimes, Steffany would substitute at the school. One day, my coaching buddy said,“Hey, I bet you can’t get a date with the cute substitute.” I had to ask Steffany out seven times before she finally said yes, and when we did go out, it was awful. Hands down, our date was the worst first date I have ever been on. Steffany and I couldn’t hold a conversation for more than a couple of words, and it was so awkward. I left feeling like,“Well, she got a free meal, and I won the bet,” but the whole situation kept bothering me. So, I decided “Then we texted back and forth every day that week, and by the time the wedding rolled around, I was hooked.” that I needed to redeem myself and ask her on a redo date. She agreed and suggested that Saturday, but my brother was getting married, and I was in the wedding, so it wouldn’t work for me. Instead, we settled on the Sunday after, and we went out for drinks. Then we texted back and forth every day that week, and by the time the wedding rolled around, I was hooked. Steffany had And I said,“Okay, I’ll take that bet.”

the most infectious laugh, something that attracted me to her right from the get go, and we were able to get to know each other better over text. Once we got over the initial awkwardness, we became inseparable. Even though I won Steffany over, it took a very long time to convince her mom. To Steffany’s mom, I was the guy from the wrong side of the tracks, although I was a teacher, I was a simple football coach, and I wasn’t good enough for Steffany. Her

I didn’t know when I wanted to propose, so I put the ring in my safe for a couple of weeks during football season. Halloween finally rolled around, and after spending the day driving around, trying to find a costume for Steffany to wear to her friends party, I asked myself what I was waiting for and decided to propose that night, so she could share the moment with her friends. After we got home, Steffany took a nap. I let her sleep for a while, and then I mustered up the courage, got the ring, kneeled beside the bed, woke her up, and

mom had no idea that I had my law degree and was waiting to see my bar results, and when she found that out, her attitude toward me

asked her to marry me. She repeated, “Oh my God,” for what seemed like an eternity.

changed slightly, but not very much. She and Steffany were best friends, and by dating Steffany, I

I said,“Hey,‘Oh my God’ ain’t going to cut it. I need a yes or no.”

was messing with the dynamic duo. In fact, after our redo date, Steffany and I went out 18 days in a row, until her mom planned a surprise girls trip to Vegas. I’m pretty sure her mom knew that Steffany was falling in love, and she was hoping that she could change her daughter’s mind. But, it didn’t work, and Steffany called me as soon as they landed so we could go out again. It took until Mack was born for Steffany’s mom to admit that she liked me, but now, we have a great relationship. I knew that I wanted to marry Steffany for a long time, but when I first started my firm, I couldn’t afford to buy her the ring.After shopping around a little, I bit the bullet and bought the ring. It took every penny I had.

And she said,“Yes, you idiot!” I put the ring on her finger, she called her parents to tell them the news, and she was able to show off her ring at a Halloween party that night. Steffany has been with me through thick and thin these last 10 years.We’ve worked so hard to make our lives exactly how we want them to be, and she’s been right by me every step of the way. I wouldn’t have anyone else by my side.

I would like to wish you all a HappyValentine’s Day! Especially to my love, Steffany.

Jamie Johnson 1

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