The first day I “met” Kevin was on the orchestra school bus. I probably wouldn’t have noticed him, except that he snatched a game from me.


The first day I “met” Kevin was on the orchestra school bus. I probably wouldn’t have noticed him, except that he snatched a game from me.

 

My first impression — a skinny, rude boy and potential thief. After I grabbed my game back and told him off, I ignored him for the rest of the trip.

 

I realized, grudgingly, when I made it to high school, that this “Kevin” was only a couple of grades ahead of me and still playing cello. So, sadly, I would have to tolerate his presence. We almost entirely ignored each other, but occasionally, Kevin would still hassle me when he got bored.

 

One day, my best friend told me that she had been asked to prom by a senior. As sophomores, we weren’t allowed to go yet. The next thing she said was, “I don’t want to go alone! Find a date!” Unfortunately, it was already almost prom, so eligible juniors and seniors were slim pickings.

 

But then fate intervened. As I racked my brain to think of a date, any date, I walked to orchestra. I was getting out my violin when Kevin walked over to the boy next to me. “Who are you taking to prom, Kevin?” He replied, “Probably a blow-up doll. I don’t have a date.” I sat there debating which was worse — going to prom with Kevin or not attending at all? I decided I could ditch him as soon as I got there and find my friend. “Will you take me?” I interjected. Kevin gave me a bewildered look and asked, “Will you be nice?” After I assured him I would be, he said OK and I had my date. To my utter astonishment, I discovered during prom that Kevin was smart, funny and I actually enjoyed being around him. Before long, we were dating.

 

Our relationship lasted through his college years, my college years, illnesses, crises, fights and so many changes. I never dreamt when I met him that Kevin would become my best friend, the love of my life and now my husband. We married this November after seven years together. We support each other, annoy each other, but, most importantly, we love and respect each other. The coming years will be full of even more challenges, but I know we will get through them together.