Solutions Unlimited - February 2020

February 2020

The Best Day of My Life

The Day I Met My Wife

How many of you reading this remember when the 1998 movie

“You’ve Got Mail” with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan came out? Well, that was the same year my wife and I met, back when dial-up internet and flip phones were still cool. And, just like in “You’ve Got Mail,” we first started talking to one another in an AOL chat room. For weeks, we emailed and chatted with one another without meeting in person. I found out she was a teacher from Oklahoma who had just moved to South Carolina. Over the course of those weeks, our conversation deepened past the usual chitchat. We really liked each other. She was nice and friendly, and we decided we were ready to meet each other in person and go on a date. When I think about how that first date went, I can’t help but be thankful she still wanted to date me afterward. On the way to pick her up, I got lost. This was in the days before GPS, so I didn’t have any sort of map with me. I also didn’t have her phone number, so I couldn’t call her for directions. Like a lot of guys, I didn’t like asking for directions or admitting when I was lost. So I drove about 20 miles past where I was supposed to pick her up, and I probably would have kept driving if she didn’t call to ask where I was. To make things even worse, I missed her first call! If she

despite everything that seemed to have gone wrong. In fact, she took me to meet her family right afterward. We dated for two years before we got married in 2000. Later this year, we’ll celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. The day I met my wife was the best day of my life. To this day, I feel fortunate that she gave me a shot. There were a lot of things that could have gone better on that first date, but I guess when two people are meant to be together, somehow it just works.

hadn’t called me twice and told me how to get to her house, we probably never would have met in person. We had our first date at the Greenville Zoo. After walking around and looking at all the animals, we got some food at the zoo concessions. We both got hot dogs, but I was so nervous wondering how everything was going that I spilled my meal all over the ground. I thought it was the end of the world. To this day, she still makes fun of me for dropping my food on our first date. But I guess if she’s still around to tease me about it, it must not have been as bad as I thought! (I found out later that she thought it was cute.)

Happy Valentine’s Day, everyone!

Evidently, she must have liked the impression I made on that first date,

–Kevin Smith 1

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