Our Love Story (Part 1)

I can’t believe it is already February! Where has the last month gone? I am so happy to finally have this blog up and running but I feel like the whole month of January just disappeared! Now that it is February and everyone is thinking about Valentine’s Day I thought it would be the perfect time to share the story of our relationship with you all. Find a cozy spot and get a cup of tea because Zach and I have been together for almost 8 years now!

He pulled out my chair, opened doors for me, made sure I was comfortable everywhere we went, the whole enchilada. All of the other girls kept looking at their dates wondering how they could get the same treatment.

Zach and I went to high school at Orange Lutheran in Orange County, California. For California standards, this was a small high school where everyone pretty much knew everyone else. Well, at least I thought I knew everyone else at the school. Somehow I made it 2 1/2 years without running into Zach. I was in choir and musical theatre while he was on the wrestling team- I guess we just ran in different circles. Our Junior year of high school about this time is when we finally met for the first time. I was working as a student tutor in the writing center and Zach had to come get his paper signed by someone there. Since I happened to be the only one available when he walked in, he threw his paper on the desk and asked me if I could hurry up and sign it so he could go. Charming, right? I didn’t think so either. He seemed just like any other random person needing their papers signed by a tutor and I didn’t think much of it.

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Later that year Prom was coming up. I didn’t have a date and wasn’t planning on going. A few of my friends had been begging me to go with them but I didn’t want to be the third wheel in anyones group and had decided I would just stay home and watch movies or something. Zach had plans to go to Prom with a big group with all of his friends when his date canceled on him less than two weeks before the dance. He ended up asking one of my close friends who was going in his group to help him find a new date and she suggested he take me, not knowing that we had met a few months before. When I was asked to be Zach’s date to the dance I was extremely hesitant… I had no idea who this guy was. I didn’t know he was the kid from the writing center I had met that one time and, to be quite honest, I might have said no if I did! Somehow, my friend convinced me going to school dance with someone I didn’t know would be fun and that I should do it. I am SOOOOOO glad I did!

Zach was a total gentleman the whole time we were together for Prom. He pulled out my chair, opened doors for me, made sure I was comfortable everywhere we went, the whole enchilada. All of the other girls kept looking at their dates wondering how they could get the same treatment. He made me feel so comfortable and treated me like a princess all night. When I got home that night I told my parents that I had the absolute best date out of the whole group. 

A few weeks went by and other than seeing each other at school and texting a few times nothing much happened. Then one day, out of the blue, I got a text that said “Do you like movies? Want to go see one?” I didn’t know what to say. I had never been on a date before but I was pretty sure Zach was asking me out! I had no idea how to respond. “Yes, I like movies! Yes, I want to go out with you!” Is what I wanted to say, but I was pretty sure that would be totally uncool and scare him off before we even went on a date. I don’t know what I said but it must have been only moderately spastic because that Sunday he came and picked me up for my very first date. 

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Wondering what movie we saw on our first date?

Yup. This is what he picked. Well, really he asked me what I wanted to see and then just said no to everything I came up with. I DID NOT want to see this movie, but I will say I was pleasantly surprised by it. I have even watched it since WITHOUT being forced ;)

We went out maybe 3 or 4 times after that first movie date and had a great time. Then one night in June when he was dropping me off Zach asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend. Do people still do that? Ask if you want to be girlfriend and boyfriend? I feel like now everyone talks about the award “determining the relationship”conversations. They sound so awkward and uncomfortable, but maybe I just don’t get it since I never had to have one. Of course, when he asked me if I wanted to be his girlfriend, I said yes. 

This story is already so long and I still haven’t gotten us through the end of high school yet. If you want to finish reading about our story, check back on Friday for part 2. In the meantime, do you have any good stories about how you and your significant other met? I would love to hear about them! Leave me a comment below or send an email to livinglifefroemke@gmail.com and I will read and respond to every single one. I LOVE love and reading real life love stories are my favorite!