Next week, Jon and I will be celebrating our ninth wedding anniversary! Hard to believe that much time has gone by! It’s fun to think back about when we first met- little did we know what was in store!
We met two years and one week before our wedding day. My roommate at the time had went on a Saturday to do some yard work and maintenance on a worship center about 45 minutes away. When she came back home that afternoon, she said that she met some new friends and they were planning on meeting up with us and our friends for dinner that night and to walk around the Short North for the Gallery Hop.
I honestly was so not in the mood to go. It was hot, I’d have to meet new people, and I really just wanted to stay home with my cat (introvertness at it’s finest.)
But, she talked me into going. When we walked into the restaurant, everyone was already sitting at the table and had ordered drinks. Jon says he noticed me right away. Unfortunately, I can’t say the same about him. He introduced himself and we shook hands across from the table. I DID, however, notice that the guy in the red shirt I just met had really nice arms and defined biceps, which I appreciated.
After eating and talking, we all went down to the Short North. Gallery Hop happens on the first Saturday of every month. It’s on High St. in downtown Columbus, Ohio and is pretty much just a regular Saturday night on High St. Except once in awhile, you’ll see street vendors or musicians on the sidewalk.
I don’t really remember what we did down there or what stores we went in. But at one point when we were about done for the evening, there was a vendor giving out Mentos to the crowd. Our little group passed by and he gave everyone the good fruity Mentos. He got to me, gave me the mint ones, and said “Sorry, I’m all out of the good ones.”
Now, for some reason, I got pretty peeved about that. I don’t even like Mentos. Not even the fruity ones. But the mint ones are just gross.
Jon, being the quiet, nice, non confrontational guy that he is, came up beside me and spoke to me for the first time that night outside of introducing himself. He asked “What flavor did you get?” Without missing a beat (and in true Alayna fashion,) I replied in the most disgusted tone I could muster, “MINT.”
And that was our entire conversation.
I will never forget the look on his face after I said my first words to him. It was a mix of shock, confusion, and heartbreak.
Apparently it didn’t scare him off, because we saw each other a few more times, talked on the phone, and a month after that night, we were officially dating!
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