I'd been suffering from strep throat, a common malady among college students with questionable hygiene practices. (I seriously don't remember ever cleaning our dorm bathroom. Ever.) Tree Guy came over with some sassafras tea that he'd made (from sassafras roots he found in the woods, y'all) and cake that his roommate's girlfriend had made. I think I might have swooned, though that was probably due to the fever.
The thing that sealed the deal was when Tree Guy offered to be my brother. I'd lost my only brother to suicide two years before, and I commented to Tree Guy that I envied him his two brothers. That's when he said it. And that's when I fell in love. With his kindness and decency. I hadn't had much experience with those traits in boyfriends past. And I think I took Tree Guy totally by surprise.
This was taken during our trip to Colorado in 1996.
We've been married for nearly fourteen years, and at the risk of gagging you, it really gets better each year. If Tree Guy had a theme song, it'd be Whatta Man by Salt 'N' Pepa, featuring what was probably my favorite group from the '90s, En Vogue. (Okay, maybe I'm not straight out the suburbs...)
I'm a lucky girl. And I award myself a piece of chocolate (seriously, eating a piece of chocolate here) for choosing such an awesome babydaddy. Here's what awaited me when I got home (from a romantic day of Remicade, an appointment at the urgent care clinic, and grocery shopping for my grandma) on Valentine's Day.