Aaron and I met in college. He was one of the first people that I met when I moved into the dorms my freshman year. I could tell you the rest was history. I could tell you we fell in love at first sight. There was no looking back for him. I was smitten. I could tell you a lie. But that is not our story.
We met our freshman year of college. A few days into school and we were hanging out, studying together, and I thought maybe I had feelings for him. It did not take long before I knew (and he says he knew too) that this was not it. We were friends, we lived on the same floor and we had mutual friends but we knew dating was not in the cards for us. A few weeks into school and Aaron and I both went to visit our families. When he went home, he asked me to pretend to be his girlfriend and text his sister so he could play a joke on her – to this day, she still will not let me live that down.
We met our freshman year of college. After two years in the dorms living on the same floor, I came to know Aaron as the crazy prankster of college. He was “Aaron Johnson.” He had made a name for himself through his numerous antics. At one point, his ruse entailed making his roommate believe for months that he had a twin. He even went as far as having his “twin” come to visit his roommate in the dorms. Aaron stole shower curtains, made a raft out of gatorade bottles, and turned our study lounge into a center for juicing apples. I was busy with my own social life and studies. Other than maintaining a friendship, neither of us had much of an interest for more.
We met our freshman year of college. Our junior year of college, we both moved off campus. We continued to stay in contact. It was that semester that I had developed an interest in him. His adventurous side and spontaneity intrigued me and he was beginning to mature. Half way through that year he made the brave decision to leave his friends, the fun, and pursue a degree in aviation. I had finally developed an interest and he was moving 3 hours away from me.
We met our freshman year of college. Our junior year of college Aaron moved three hours away and we continued to chat. At times, Aaron would call me. I still had the thought in the back of my head but did not hold much hope since he had moved away. The summer after he moved, Aaron had just attained his privates pilot’s license and invited me to go flying with him. I decided I had nothing to lose so went to visit for the weekend. He took me up in the plane and on a hot day, I was lucky I did not get sick. At one point, Aaron decided to show me what “zero gravity” was. He killed the engine in the air and I went flying out of my seat as the plane started dropping. When he kicked the engines back on, there was a block of wood in the back of the plane that hit me in the back of my head… how romantic. Later that night, Aaron and I took a canoe out onto the river in the back of his house. We floated down the river under the stars for hours. That was the first time that we talked about the potential of us being a couple. The idea freaked both of us out…especially the distance. A few months later, when Aaron was hunting, over my birthday, he texted me, telling me that he could not shake the idea that we might work out as a couple together. A month later we started dating after many conversations about our fears of a relationship ruining our friendship and the ifs and how this long distance relationship thing would work.
We met our freshman year of college, three and a half years later we started dating. Ten months after that Aaron proposed when I was visiting him in St. Cloud. He had told me he had a surprise for me when I got there. I was sure I knew exactly what he wanted to surprise me with. I knew he had a dinner planned for me. He did, but I had no idea what that dinner would turn in to. I got up to his apartment and he had a table set up with a nice dinner prepared. We sat and talked and ate. I was flattered but completely oblivious. When we were done he told me he had a movie for us to watch. We sat down and he turned it on. He had made a video for me. He put together a slideshow of our pictures and had rewritten and sang a song with a band in the background – the words were personalized to us. Call me naive but through this whole production, I had no idea he was proposing. I did not know until the last slide had a picture of a billboard that said “Kendra, will you marry me?” I looked at him and he was on one knee with a ring in his hand. I said yes.
We met our freshman year of college, three and a half years later we started dating, ten months later Aaron proposed, and May 11, 2012 we were married. That’s the short version. We met and it was not love at first sight. Our love developed out of a friendship. Our love developed through years of getting to know each other in our strengths and weaknesses. Our story was written in an unconventional way but I have loved every page through the ups and the downs. I love that our story is still being written and, like a good book, I am on the edge of my seat with the turn of every page. It’s a book I will never be able to put down.