After texting nonstop for a couple of weeks, Jody and I made more plans to hang out outside of tennis. After receiving the news he was accepted in an internship program at Pediatric Hematology and Oncology at VCU, we decided that we had to go get ice cream to celebrate (He was quickly learning that ice cream was the way into this girl’s heart). We planned to go to Coldstone, which was a short drive from campus. Even though I was under the assumption we were getting ice cream as just friends, I couldn’t help but be nervous to spend one-on-one time with Jody for the first time. While finishing our sweet treat, Jody asked if I knew how to drive stick-shift. I said that my dad taught me in his jeep a couple years ago, but I never really practiced. His face lit us and said “I’m going to teach you to drive my car. Come on!” In the practically empty mall parking lot, Jody convinced me to drive his car, even though I was SO nervous that I would embarrass myself in front of him. A not-so-terrible practice lesson and lots of laughs later, we realized neither one of us were ready to end the night. Jody suggested we go catch a movie across the street. After looking at what was showing, he suggested we go see Scary Movie 5 (This was a terrible suggestion. Even he will agree), but there was still 45 minutes until the film started. We hung out in the lobby of the theater, learning that we both love people watching. I still couldn’t figure out why conversations with him came so easy. Our original 30 minute ice cream mini celebration turned into our first date without us even knowing.
In my previous post, I announced that I am engaged, and am getting married in June 2017! Over the course of the next few months, I will be posting the progress of our wedding planning, and what is a better way to begin than the story of how my beau and I met.
In the spring of 2012, Jody and I met at Randolph-Macon College through the tennis program at the school. I was a freshman, and Jody was in his junior year of college. Our two teams didn’t interact very often, but as we practiced at the same time, Jody still managed to ask his teammate, “Who is that girl over there with the ribbon in her hair?”
Over that summer, Jody would post about once a week on my Facebook page with goofy pictures, and mostly, random variations of my name (i.e. Parks and Rec, MoPar, Morrrrrrrrghan). I thought he was super funny, and I wondered why I didn’t know him any better than “that guy on the tennis team who parks in the only spot closer than the handicap parking spot and has a creepy mask on his passenger’s seat headrest”.
Fall came and went, as did our few, far and in between interactions. However, right before I left for my four weeks abroad in Europe, Jody messaged me on Facebook, just to chat. I told him I was about to leave for my trip and wouldn’t have access to my phone, but I would message him if I ever had a good wifi signal (It didn’t happen very often). I was surprised within a day of me returning to the states, to get a text from him asking all about my trip!
As the spring semester of 2013 began, we quickly grew to be close friends. We both were captains of our respective tennis teams and played #4 Singles — which worked to our benefit because that meant we were able to play on courts near each other! During his portion of the tennis spring break trip that year, I decided to surprise him and show up at his match as he was playing a college not too far from my house. We owe everything we have to the sport that led us to each other!
Some of you who followed me before may remember that I ran a blog several years ago that you can still see here about what it is like to be a Twenty-Something individual in this day and age. I shared stories and experiences that hopefully shed some insight into handling this sometimes awkward season of life. Eventually, I became a college-graduate and suddenly had more responsibilities than just watching HGTV.
While I am still a “Twenty Something”, I am in a new season of life that I decided was worthy of blog documentation (ahem, I’m getting married!). I am eager to share my newest experiences with you and I’m anxiously waiting for all of the blissful moments ahead!