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10 Stories/10 Years: Story #1

Journal Entry February 1, 2000:

--- I'm in love. It's not like anything I've ever known. I want to marry him. I want to be with him for all eternity. I would follow him anywhere and that's that. I love him and I want no one else...

My roommates are placing bets on how long it is until we get married.---

The Meeting:

When it came time to decide which college I should go to I had my heart set on a small town Junior College called Snow. However, my brother and sister-in-law nagged me about making such an 'uninformed' decision and convinced me to go to a College Fair with a friend of mine.  I condescended to go but made a bee-line for the Snow College table barely glancing at any of the others.

Set up next to the table of choice was another, brighter, table for a school I had never heard of. The guy was friendly and explained that Dixie College (as it was called then) was located at the very South-West tip of Utah.

To say that my feelings in that moment were profound would be an understatement.

I instantly and unequivocally knew that Dixie was where I would go to school. With Snow promptly forgotten, I took all the needed paperwork and headed home with a new direction for my life.

That isn't to say I wasn't scared out of my mind... I tried to back out of moving several times before my family literally packed my car for me and I  in August of 1999 I found myself on that long and lonely stretch of I-15 that leads from Idaho to St. George, Utah.

When I pulled into my apartment complex and saw, for the first time, my life as an adult staring back at me I was overwhelmed with a sense of what might come. I couldn't get over all the possibilities of every person I met, perhaps this roommate will be a life long friend, maybe that girl will be someone who helps me if my car breaks down. Every person had meaning lingering in their countenance. My thoughts were stuck in this mode all day.

My parents helped unpack my bags then left for their respective hotels and I was alone with the first two of five roommates I would have.

I began unpacking and making niceties when their was a loud pounding on the door to our apartment. The girls smiled and opened it to a pack of rowdy guys in their early twenties.

My rommates introduced me one by one until finally pointing at a freckle faced guy in red shorts.

"This is Ralexwin." Em said.

"Hi." I smiled.

"Nice to meet you." He replied.

I was wearing a pink spaghetti strapped tank-top with butterflies on it and a pair of shorts.

The first thought I had about the polite guy I'd just met was 'I wonder if he's the guy I'll marry?'

Five minutes later I found out he was dating my roommate, Em.

Thirty minutes later I found myself in the car with them, third wheeling on their date to Vegas.
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tips4green said…
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Ron Cooper said…
Following you already on Friendly Friday! My fan page, “Inspire!” has quotes, poems and stories to inspire readers. I’d like to invite you to stop by!
Polly Blevins said…
I am way glad he chose you instead of Em. She is alright but not as cool as you.
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Helena said…
Hey there! I'll have to come up and do catch up on the stories! I'm a new follower from Social Parade Friday at Smart and Trendy Moms!
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Great story! I like it! :)
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Metro DC Mom said…
Great story!

Stopping by from the green follow Friday.

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Kerin Lee said…
Hopping over from the blog hop! Happy Friendly Friday!

Hope to see you hopping okay to my blog to say "Hi". I always return the love (follows/comments). See you soon!

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Myya said…
This is going to be a fun series of posts. I love LOVE. Your journal entry at the begining was so sweet.
Kerin Lee said…
Just followed you!

My 3 year old flips out his lip still too. He also gives me the evil look when he is mad at me. It's identical to the look Max does on Max & Ruby ;)
Amber said…
Following from the Fun Follow Friday!

Hope you have a great weekend!
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livingoutloud said…
Hi! I am a new follower from the blog hop.
Big Hugs
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Hi..following from bloghop...would love to have you follow back!
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Lara said…
Fun idea for a post! Sounds like you had an interesting start! :)
Hilary said…
Those first moments at college are sure a doozy, aren't they?
Shawnie said…
This is intriguing, I'll be back.
Marie said…
Hi there, I'm your newest follower via Boost your blog Friday. Great post...enjoyed reading it.

Looking forward to reading more from you.

Marie (hope you'll come by for a visit sometime, I love new followers.)
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Colie's Kitchen said…
What a great blog!! I am really enjoying looking around. Thanks for sharing!! I am now a new follower!! Nicole @ BTW I found you on Bloggy Blog Hop!!
I love these kinds of stories. Can't wait to read them all!

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