A Brief Timeline
1979: Terri and Steve become joyful parents - it is too bad that I will
be their smartest, most charming, and most attractive offspring. (Just
kidding, Brenna and Mike).
Jesse and I met in a pretty trashy little nightclub in St. Paul. At the time (1999) it was called "Club Extreme." It was a Wednesday night, so there weren't very many people in the club - mostly just the DJ and my friends. At any rate, one of my friends, Susie, had brought her high-school pal Jesse. He kept staring at me and smiling, and I was getting the feeling that he thought I was cute and a good dancer. Well, he was dancing with Susie a lot. I guess he was feeling a little timid, but I thought he was dating Susie. Luckily, I asked another friend, Galina, if Susie and Jesse were dating. She said, "No, they're just friends. Actually, I think that he likes you." She then went over and told him that I thought he was cute and wanted to dance, which made me feel like I was in junior high school, but we danced despite my embarrassment. We ended up talking a lot, and I thought he was witty and charming. So, when he asked for my number, I readily handed it over. A funny part of this story is that an ex-boyfriend of mine had come out with the group, and Jesse ended up having to give him a ride home after having spent the night very obviously hitting on me. Maybe he can tell that part of the story.
1. I went to high
school (yea Central!) with Jesse's younger brother, Sam, and had been
one of two stage managers for a play Sam had acted in (You Can't Take
It With You). Many of my friends and my siblings knew Sam (he was
in Central's Comedy Sportz team), and their first question about Jesse
was inevitably, "Is he as funny as Sam?"
About a year into our relationship, Jesse and I were cuddling and having a conversation about our "life plans." Jesse asked me where I saw my life going, including how old I thought I'd be when I would get married. I don't remember what I said, but when I asked him when he thought he would get married, he responded, "Whenever you're ready." How romantic!
When he really brought up the topic, I mean for serious discussion, it was over the phone (spring of 2001, for a time frame). A summary of what he said is along the lines of, "...so I was thinking that after we graduate, I want to go to law school, and it would be easier to get health insurance and family housing if we're married, so maybe we should get married next summer. Oh, Mike Garlich's here, I gotta go. Love you, bye!" Not quite as romantic.
Well, we bought
a ring (yes, he let me pick it out - good man) a couple months after that
discussion. He tortured me with it for the next few months - carrying
it around with him so that he could make me leave the room and show it
to my friends whenever we went out. He finally proposed on our two year
anniversary celebration in Chicago, Illinois near Buckingham Fountain.
I obviously knew that it was coming, but I still burst into tears the
second he started to go down on his knee. I don't remember what he said,
but it was probably very romantic. Don't let Jesse fool you, he doesn't
remember either. I do remember that it was really fun to go out on the
town that night and tell every random person we met that we had just gotten
engaged. I also remember that I was (and still am) very excited to marry