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A LOVE STORY
How I Met MyWife, Taryn
My wife and I have known each other since high school. Although we were not high school sweethearts, Taryn and I were very good friends all throughout high school and college. After I graduated and went to college, I often came back home to hang out with Taryn and our other friends. We all kept up the tradition once Taryn was in college, and though many years went by, we always found time to hang out over breaks and during the summer. Toward the end of my first four years, Taryn and I were talking on the phone regularly, and we’d often make trips to visit each other. When I earned my undergraduate degree and came home that summer, we were both single, so I asked her on a date. She said yes. Since we had been friends for such a long time, we already knew everything about one another. We both had more- than-friends feelings for each other, so it just made sense to give dating a try. The first summer we started dating, Taryn and I took a cross-country road trip with one of our friends who was moving out to California. The car ride there took about eight days, but we made it enjoyable by stopping in various places to camp. We also explored big cities like Nashville and Santa Fe, and it was a lot of fun. After we dropped off our friend, we flew back home. I have to laugh when thinking back on our trip, because if there was any indication that we were going to last, it
I have to laugh when thinking back on our trip, because if there was any indication that we were going to last, it was the fact that we could stay crammed in a car for eight days straight and not hate each other at the end of the trip.
was the fact that we could stay crammed in a car for eight days straight and not hate each other at the end of the trip. Since Taryn had another year of school, and I was working as a physical therapy aide and taking a year off before earning my physical therapy degree, I would visit her on weekends. We decided that marriage was out of the question while I was earning my degree, and when I finally graduated and got a job, we found an apartment together. At that time, Taryn was working for a company that had put on a Super Bowl pool, and they invited her to participate. Taryn asked me if I wanted to play, and even though each entry was $100, I said yes, gave her the money, and then forgot about the whole thing. I am a huge Giants fan, and that year (2007), the Giants won the Super Bowl. After Taryn and I calmed down from the excitement of the game,
I looked at a paper on the fridge, and I realized that my box had won the grand prize. So, long story short, I didn’t go into debt buying an engagement ring, but I didn’t see any of the winnings either. I proposed in 2008, and we married in October of 2009. For our honeymoon, we visited Australia. Taryn had spent a semester in college studying there, and she’d been dying to go back since. While we were there, she showed me the country and introduced me to her host family. It was an amazing two weeks. Taryn, every day since we started dating has been an amazing adventure, and I couldn’t imagine doing it with anyone else. You are an amazing wife and mother. I love you. Happy Valentine’s Day.
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