Liberty Inspection February 2018

Libertyinspectiongroup.com 610.717.3082 FEBRUARY 2018

THE END OF THE DARK AGES HOW I MET MY BEAUTIFUL WIFE KAREN

T hese days, with our kids finally at an age where we can entrust them to a babysitter for the evening, my wife Karen and I are just glad to be able to go out and enjoy each other’s company on Valentine’s Day. After 14 years of marriage, it’s nice to have a moment that forces us to take a closer look at this incredible life we’ve built together, and to reflect on how we ended up in each other’s lives in the first place. It all started not too long after I graduated from Temple University, when I was just working and enjoying the city. One night, I met up with a bunch of friends from school at a local bar, who introduced me to someone who I hadn’t yet met, this incredibly beautiful woman with big brown eyes who had yet to graduate from Temple. Pretty much instantly, my night became less about meeting up with my buddies, and more about chatting up this fascinating, friendly, and wonderful person I’d just met. As we talked enthusiastically over drinks, it was clear that we shared a special connection. She was so easy to talk to, deeply intelligent and perceptive with a biting wit that really drew me in. I found that, like me, she was a highly active person, and loved exploring Philadelphia. And, like I said before, she was wildly attractive. Frankly, she was the whole package, and I found myself wanting to learn everything I possibly could about her. The next day, we went on our first date, and the rest, as they say, is history. Well, almost. About five or six months into our relationship, we actually decided to call it quits, just sort of scrambling in different directions as young people sometimes do. We stayed apart, somehow, for almost a year, but when we saw each other out and about once again, we restarted things up as if nothing had ever happened. A couple years later, we moved in together for a few months out in Clifton Heights in her grandmother’s old house. I’d bought the ring weeks earlier, and

had been keeping it with me, waiting for the right moment. One weekend, when we were both at home completely covered in dirt, sweat, and grime from our crazy work schedules, the mood suddenly struck me. There, in that dinky little kitchen in the middle of a totally regular day, I asked if she’d be my wife. Now, we’re just coming out of a period I call “The Dark Ages,” where we were stuck at home for 8–10 years just bringing up the kids past toddler age. It was a wonderful time to be sure, and Karen and I love our kids more than anything, but sometimes you just have to hit the town and have some fun with your partner. I’m sure this Valentine’s Day, we’ll be peeling out of the driveway the instant the babysitter arrives. –Chris Earley One weekend, when we were both at home completely covered in dirt, sweat, and grime from our crazy work schedules, the mood suddenly struck me. There, in that dinky little kitchen in the middle of a totally regular day, I asked if she’d be my wife.

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