Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Time Travel Tuesday ~ Spouse Encounter

Oh, what fun. This week Annie is taking us back to the first time we met our spouse. She asks, Was it love at first sight? Or did it take a little longer... I love the story of how Brian and I met and usually make him tell it, but today I'm telling the story.

In all honesty, though I remember the occasion, I don't remember specifically meeting Brian the first time we met because it happened at a time when I was meeting lots of new people. It was September in 1989 and Brian and I were both freshmen at Western Michigan University, living in the same dorm.
The Resident Advisor on my floor talked to me about serving on the Hall Council and I agreed to be the Programming Committee Chairperson. I like planning activities and being involved and thought Hall Council sounded like a good way to do both those things. Little did I know how taking on that role would lead to a major life change for me!
One floor up, the Resident Advisor on Brian's floor talked Brian and his roommate (Jeff) into being Floor Representatives. This role wouldn't involve much commitment. They'd just have to choose a committee in which to participate and help out here and there. Brian had no idea this low-commitment activity would eventually lead to a life-time commitment!

So there we were at the first Hall Council meeting of the year. Hall Council consisted of three committees and at the first meeting, each of the committee chairs stood up and described our committee so the floor reps could choose the one on which they wanted to serve. Brian and Jeff chose to be on the Programming Committee, and that's when we met. So, you see, I was meeting lots of new people that night, which is why I don't specifically remember meeting Brian.
Here's the kicker - and the reason I like this story so much - Brian chose my committee, not because he was interested in planning activities for the dorm but because he thought I was cute!!! Nope. No real desire to make the dorm a fun and enriching place to live. He just thought the chairperson was hot! (Now do you know why I like it when he tells this story?)
Since Brian was on my committee I would stop and talk with him whenever I saw him working at the front desk in the dorm. I got to know him and thought he was a really nice guy. Eventually my interest in him grew and I slyly used our connection on the Programming Committee to spend more time with him. (Alone, even!) hee hee By November we were "an item" and the rest is history!
I'm so glad Brian's RA convinced him to be a floor rep. If he hadn't done that, who knows how my life would be different???
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Nancy Face said...

I loved your cute story! Thanks for sharing it! :)

Marcia said...

How sweet!

Karen, I listened to your podcast interview the other day - LOVED hearing your voice. Great interview both content and faith-wise :)

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annie said...

It's amazing how things just fall into place and are perfect huh?

Barbara H. said...

That's gotta be fun to know he chose your group because you were cute! :-)

mcewen said...

You did a pod cast interview! Good for you!

Renee's Ramblings said...

What a great memory! Thanks for sharing. Have a great rest of the week.

moreofhim said...

What a cute story! I love hearing how people met their spouse. Thanks for sharing your story!

Joyful Days said...

I like how you ended it. It is true, isn't it how one little choice can affect a large part of our lives.

Lovely story.

Tishia said...

Awww what a great story!

Leigh Gray said...

how precious - i love the story.... my hubby and I used to watch each other in the cafe at our college - while we were dating other people!!!!!!!!yikes!!! I was his biggest cheerleader at all his basketball games - even when iw as dating that other dude!!! oh it was a riot!!! I thought i was safe because ithought he would never really consider me!!!

oh such a great time!

Coach J said...

Love your story!! I'm so glad God worked it so you two would meet early in your college career (cuts down on the heartache!) And, I'm glad I've "met" you!

Karen said...

I really enjoyed your story. I think it's great to look back and remember these special times!