This is the story of how my crush became my husband. Each Wednesday I’m sharing another piece of the puzzle. Need to catch up? Here is last week’s post: The Window.
I climbed through Nate’s window at the very beginning of the school year, but Nate and I didn’t have any more interactions until we shared a speech class the second semester. He gave very serious speeches about political issues. I gave a speech about the history of Crayola crayons. We didn’t seem to have a thing in common, but…
He was cute, nice, and extremely outgoing. He was so stinking charming!
I looked forward to Nate’s speeches and our sporadic small talk, but that was all it was. Until one day…
I was at a late night bowling event sponsored by our school. I looked up just in time to see Mr. Charming walking towards the door with his friends. Amazingly, he stopped to talk to me.
“My friends and I are going to IHOP (International House of Pancakes). You should come along.”
*insert heart racing and mild panic attack here*
“I don’t have a car, but my roommate does. Do you mind if she comes along?”
Gulp. I was thrilled and terrified all at the same time.
My roommate and I finished our game and then attempted to make our way to IHOP. I was trying really hard to play it cool. Just because he asked me to join him and about 6 of his friends did not mean that he was interested in me.
It took us forever to find the restaurant. This was a couple years before cell phones were really popular. We didn’t have one to call Nate and explain that we were lost. So by the time we got to IHOP Nate and all his friends were gone.
The next day I asked a girlfriend if she knew anything about Nate.
“Oh, yeah. I know who he is. He is dating a girl named Sarah.”
Well, that answered that question. Mr. Charming was being a nice guy and wasn’t interested after all.
Except Nate and Sarah had broken up several weeks before.
The next week in speech class I apologized to Nate for getting to IHOP so late.
He thought I was lying. He thought I was blowing him off.
Nate and I finished the school year being nice to each other, but that was about it. You see, we were both believing false information. He thought I wasn’t interested because I stood him up. I thought he wasn’t interested because he was dating someone. Both were completely false.
Tell me your love story! Was it smooth sailing from the beginning or did you have some hiccups along the way?