|Photo by Elissa Ewald; taken where we had our first date. :)|
One October day, I was on eHarmony and came across a new profile. The user was twenty eight years old and was in Athens, Georgia! And he seemed normal! Imagine my surprise when I clicked through his profile and found that we had a lot in common. I sent him a "smile" and hoped I might hear back soon. Sure enough, we began talking through the steps of guided communication that eHarmony provides for its users. Even online, I could see that this guy was different, and it seemed as though we clicked (pun intended). I told my mom and a few friends that I was talking to a "normal, nice and cute boy" on eHarmony and hoped that we would meet one day soon.
After about two weeks of talking online, Rory asked if we could take the next step. I flipped the mess out and danced around my room, thrilled that this normal, nice, cute
The next day, I was a bundle of nerves. It was a windy and rainy day in Athens, and I went in to school late because there was a severe storm. I remember thinking that if the weather upset my date, I would be devastated. I couldn't eat all day long. (For those of you who know me personally, you know that when I can't eat it means I am either dying or incredibly nervous.) All I could think about was this cute boy and whether or not we would hit it off in person.
I came home from school and tried to calm myself down, praying that the weather would follow suit. I got ready and left in plenty of time (also highly uncharacteristic of me since I am always late.) I drove around downtown Athens, just hoping I could find a parking spot near Ted's Most Best, where we had agreed to meet. When I pulled into my spot, a couple minutes later, Rory pulled up next to me. We both got out of the car and then walked to the restaurant together. Little did I know that my life would be forever changed because of that first meeting.