Sixteen years ago, not long after I moved back to Albuquerque, I went to a friend’s birthday party and ran into Kyle playing basketball in the driveway. We knew of each other, but had never met until that day. We became fast friends after that and spent a lot of time hanging out together.
A little over a year later, on March 1, 2001, I invited Kyle over for breakfast and then tacked a note to the door in which I very cryptically told him I liked him. It was completely out of character for me…I’m usually very direct…but I was fearful of messing up the wonderful friendship we had enjoyed for the previous year. (I’d spent the previous two months grilling any guy I knew about how to tell if a guy likes you likes you or if he just considers you a friend. They got so sick of me asking that they vowed to not speak to me again until I fessed up to Kyle.)
Kyle came inside even though he had no idea what my note meant. Did I like him? Did I just consider him a friend? It was the most awkward breakfast ever. Neither of us could look at the other one. But in the end, we talked, and it turned out that we each had a secret crush on the other one. We kissed that morning, then made out on the couch, then left to go help my brother move. He knew we were together when he saw us walking across the parking lot, hand in hand, and jumped up and down with excitement. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Happily codependent. When people ask us how we’ve managed to spend 24-7 together for the past 4 years, we tell them that’s our favorite part of this lifestyle.
If our relationship was a young woman, today would be her Quinceañera. We’d dress her up in a big ball gown and head on down to the church for a mass of Thanksgiving, before having a big blowout party. Today, there won’t be a ballgown, a church, or a big blowout party, but there is definitely a lot of thanksgiving. There have been loads of adventures over the years. Lots of great stuff and a little bit of the bad as well. But we’ve faced all of it the same way we ended that day 15 years ago…hand in hand together. And for that we are incredibly grateful.
2 people, 5,479 days, 28 countries, 6 continents, 3 weddings (what can I say – we like marrying each other)…and counting…
We’ve been going through old photos and wanted to share some of our fave snapshots – of US! Please indulge us and enjoy some of our fave photos!