The story of how Dane and I met sounds more like an arranged marriage.
It all started back in..well, I'm not exactly sure when it actually started because it wasn't started by either of us. It was started by our co-conspiring mothers. You see, our mom's used to work together and were what you'd call 'work best friends'. They'd spend their days complaining about the people we were dating -not that they were bad people, they just knew they weren't the right people for us.
One day in early October, their company had seats available at the Cardinal's baseball game, and so my mom invited my Dad, myself, and my current boyfriend at the time. Dane's mom invited her Father and Dane, who was on his way back in town from a fishing trip in Wisconsin.
(Disclaimer: The photo above is not from the game we're discussing here).
After the game had ended, Dane offered to squeeze us all into his Altima and drive us to our cars. I think that's when I knew my relationship of 6.5 years was over. You see, we had been arguing a lot around that time, and he had told me many times that the man I thought I deserved didn't exist. But there he was!
Dane got into the back seat of his car to make room for us. He first pulled out his business suit (a man with a real job), his fishing pole (a man who likes adventure and to be outside), and then his suitcase (a man who likes to travel). He was all the things I was looking for. It was at that moment my Mom said I turned on 'the flirt'. We piled into his car, realizing we were short one seat, so I laid across the laps in the backseat.
After realizing men like that really do exist, I broke up with my boyfriend. I took the time I needed to mourn over my relationship and convince myself I'd never turn back like I had before. I took time to be with friends and learn how to be alone.
Then I decided it was time to reach out to Dane. I mean, he gave me hope for a better relationship, so why not start with him? I sent him a private message through Facebook, and our conversations began. He asked me out a few times, but I kept turning him down because I wasn't ready. It wasn't until the fourth time he asked me out that a friend of mine accidentally sent him a response that said I'd be there. I was terrified! Dating was intimidating! I hadn't 'dated' in years! What would I say?!
Well, I must've figured it out because we went on many more dates after that! And as much as I hate to admit it, my mom was right. She knew all along that Dane was my person. We've now been together a little over 6 years and will have been married 3 years this September.
Thanks Mom. :)