The summer after my freshman year of college also happened to be the summer that my father became the C.F.O of a new startup with some people that we had known forever and some new faces. I was looking for something to do and my father suggested that I help out at the office. It just so happened that Carson was the head of development for the company and had come from Vermont to work on the company.
The first time that we interacted was when we had pancakes (perks of a startup) at the office for breakfast and he asked me if I wanted syrup. I thanked him and turned him down, telling him that I didn’t like syrup. And that was the end of our first conversation. I didn’t know until much later, but that conversation was very close to a deal breaker for him (being from Vermont…with maple syrup…) Thank goodness he gave me another chance!
We met at a difficult time in my personal life because I was coming out of having a failed long term relationship, a toxic relationship that had just ended and another toxic one that was underway. I was thoroughly convinced that I never wanted to be in a committed relationship (forget marriage) again because all people were ever going to do is let you down and use you.
Despite all of this, Carson persisted and we became best friends, often “going out” while I insisted that we weren’t actually dating because I was paying half the bill. He started to appear at dinners with my mom and dad, at extended family gatherings and on the weekends at school. He slowly built up my confidence with his patience, humor, caring, love and acceptance. Eventually, I was able to admit that not only were we actually dating but that I was in love with him and that he made me the happiest girl in the world. I am also the luckiest girl in the world and I am so thankful that he didn’t give up on me even when I had given up on myself.
I can’t wait to start the rest of our lives together and see what it has in store for us! How did you meet your better half?