Two Years


fredericksburg, virginia, wedding, foreign service, spring wedding, april weddingKail and I celebrate our two-year anniversary today. Last year I shared the story of one of my favorite memories of our courtship, so I thought I would do the same this year. Kail actually asked me to marry him before we even started “officially” dating.We used to work together (and we’ll be working together again in Afghanistan!) and would talk and hang out all the time until eventually we were like, let’s date. But before that — before Kail also signed up to run the Marine Corps Marathon so we’d go on three-hour training runs together — we were just friends. Work colleagues, if you will.fredericksburg, virginia, wedding, foreign service, spring wedding, april weddingOne day Kail sent me a series of emails in the style of an elementary school note (Do you like me? Check one: [ ] yes [ ] no). I remember thinking it was the funniest and sweetest thing. And after digging through my pre-married-name email account (the one I had from 2005-2012), I found the email conversation. I still think it is the funniest and sweetest thing, and it made me laugh and cry to re-read the questions (and my answers) again.An excerpt:

Do you want to marry me?[ ] yes[ ] no

I checked yes.

Honeymoon?[ ] Europe[ ] Caribbean[ ] ____________

I filled in “South America? Australia?” We had a Virginia minimoon and a delayed Hawaiian honeymoon.

Should I work[ ] Long hours and be rich[ ] Short hours but be middle class[ ] Balance

I checked “balance.” This was before Kail joined the Foreign Service.

Are you serious [generally, about the entire relationship/marriage thing]?[ ] yes[ ] no

I checked yes.

This was almost two years before Kail actually proposed, but I knew all along we would end up together.Happy anniversary, Boo!

Published by La Vie Overseas

I'm Natasha -- writer, runner and wife to a Foreign Service Officer with USAID. Current location: Frankfurt, Germany.

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