And she had no idea that she was being watched - by the guys in the community theatre light booth. I was performing in a production of Seussical and was kind of oblivious to the way certain members of the tech crew were acting. Looking back, yikes. I probably flirted a lot without even realizing it.
But there was this one guy who really didn't try to get my attention. He came up to my table one night halfway through the 8-day performance run, and asked to take a photo of me, for his costume file or something like that. I totally bought that. I honestly don't remember what day we actually met each other, as all of the nights of the show still run together in my mind. But when he stopped by with his camera, a friend of mine happened to snap his picture, too.
|No - this is not the photo he took of me. |
But these photos were taken in the same moment.
The show ended and we all went our own merry ways. Then a couple days later, I got a Facebook message from him. Asking me for a date. I said yes even though we were pretty much complete strangers. He was cute, after all. :) But I told him it would have to be in a couple of weeks because I had friends visiting from out of state and we were busy the whole time they were here.
We ended up inviting a bunch of people from Seussical to go to a Kansas City Royals game with us a few days after the show had closed. Not very many people came - but Andrew was one of them. I guess you could call this event sort of a pre-date?
|At least he wasn't horrified by all of the snacks I sneaked into the stadium!|
It was a very light-hearted evening, and not all of my friends knew that this random guy we were hanging out with had actually already asked me out. It was a fun night - pouring rain, fireworks, and I'm sure the Royals lost (ha).
|I'm pretty sure this is the first photo of the two of us.|
After that night, my best friends said that he was cute and I had their stamp of approval. I eagerly awaited our first "real" date. Which...was my first date, ever.
So it was kind of a big deal!!!
He picked me up and took me to the Kansas City Country Club Plaza. We ate at Brio Tuscan Grille and we both special ordered our food - having no idea that our incredibly picky tendencies were eerily similar. We then saw Hairspray at the movie theatre next door - fitting since we have spent an awful lot of the last five years discussing musicals.
After the movie, I was bummed that we had to go home. It had been a really fun night. Considering that we were two perfect strangers, we had had a decent running conversation all night, and it seemed that we had a lot in common. I didn't want the night to end.
We wandered onto a street corner where some street musicians were performing, as we started to head back to our car. We stood awkwardly listening for awhile. And then, he asked me to dance. I actually laughed and said, what?!! He said he was serious. I said absolutely. And we slow-danced to I Believe I Can Fly on a street corner with all the awkwardness of two strangers.
And it was so, so beautiful. Even if it is the anthem from Space Jam.
As we walked back to the car, he stopped by a random fountain and asked to take my photo. I then dug out my camera and convinced a random passerby to take a photo of the two of us. I had a feeling that I was going to want a memory of this night.
Our first date was August 4, 2007. Our wedding was August 2, 2008. We didn't get engaged until December...but I knew that night that I was going to marry this man.
And the rest is history!
I'm linking up with Growing Up Geeky tonight for Toddle Along Tuesday! How did you meet your significant other?