Do you want to hear a love story?
I went to a wedding on Saturday. It was my very first college roommate’s wedding. I love her with a large portion of my heart, and her love story is one of the best.
When Jenny was in first grade, she met a boy named Shannon. He was her first crush. She spent most of her life having a crush on Shannon, but never took it further than that.
Shannon knew Jenny all through school, but never super well. In their senior year of high school, the two of them started to build an actual friendship. Shannon was afraid at first to take their friendship any further, because he knew that if he dated Jenny, he’d never date anyone else; he knew that Jenny was a girl you marry.
The summer before they both started college in separate states, Jenny and Shannon came up with the idea to go on a practice date, because Shannon had not dated in high school and wanted to be prepared for college. Their practice date quickly became a real date. They were together for maybe a month, give or take, and Jenny went away to college in California, while Shannon stayed to do college in Oregon.
I met Jenny on move-in day. We both had new boyfriends that were long-distance. However, my long-distance relationship only lasted until Easter, while Jenny’s was still going strong.
They spent the summer together, and when they were apart they talked on the phone whenever they could. They could not visit each other often, but they knew almost every detail of each other’s life.
Jenny did a semester abroad her third year of college. Now, not only were her and Shannon long-distance, they weren’t even in the same country, let alone the same timezone. But they made it through.
Last Christmas, Shannon enlisted all of Jenny’s college friends in helping him come up with the perfect proposal. He had us all meet her in special places at the college and read notes about how much we loved her and how much we would miss her, because she was finishing a semester early. She had no idea that this was all leading up to Shannon’s note and proposal. She thought it would still be a year before he was ready. So her proposal was a complete surprise.
I led Jenny down to a candlelit gazebo where Shannon stood with flowers and ring. He got down on one knee and she said yes.
They had spent more of their relationship apart than together, but they are better at communicating than any other couple I’ve heard of. And on Saturday they said “I do” to a lifetime of never being apart again.
But enough of that.
There was a bear IN my house yesterday morning. I wasn’t there because I was on my way back from Oregon, but I guess it ate the trash and all of my roommate’s groceries that were on the counter. And he keeps coming back. What if I get eaten?!