• The Art of Growing Up Together, Forever

    The Art of Growing Up Together, Forever

    Growing up together offers perfect foundation for sharing life forever.

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Terry caught my attention the moment I saw him. I wouldn’t call it love at first sight, but Terry just had a glow about him – he was in focus while the world around him was a blurred background.

I was a sophomore at a new high school, and Terry was an out-of-place senior teaching assistant in my sophomore art class. We were both seeing other people at the time, and my friends were scolding me about gushing over “that hot guy from art class.” I couldn’t help it. Terry and I bonded over our shared interests in art and animation, and soon we stopped seeing other people and starting seeing each other.

We dated until the end of my senior year. It was great. However, my parents hadn’t ever approved of their daughter dating an older guy – that is, until Terry agreed to move across the country with me to attend art school in Savannah, Ga.

My major was advertising design, and Terry’s was visual effects. He was always teaching me new things, opening my eyes to new genres of music and types of food. We also did improv acting together. Through our various activities and during the long car rides back to Kansas for breaks, we got to know each other really well. And one summer, we moved to New York City on a whim.

As we approached the end of college and the real world loomed, I began to panic about where the future would take us. On my 22nd birthday, Terry and I were walking along the beach. We were standing overlooking the water from one of our favorite spots along the dock, and I started to cry about an upcoming job interview. That’s when he proposed, turning my tears of anxiety into tears of joy.

Terry and I got married Aug. 24, 2014. I think one of the things that makes our relationship so strong is that we have experienced many of life’s pivotal moments together as a couple – we transitioned from high school to college, and then from college life to careers. Now we are newlyweds, and we are set to embrace the next stages of our lives, together.

Rebecca, Kansas City, Kan.

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