13 Years #Life

A long, long time ago, I got a job in a call center. They held a multi-week training class, and we had to pass the final test before moving out to the floor. Someone got a perfect score on the test, and that was the first time I ever noticed the quiet young man sitting in the back of the room.

This quiet high-scorer and I were put on the same team, seated next to each other. We had several web-based tools for our job, and he built an HTML page with all the links. As an aspiring programmer, it made my heart skip.

I’d led an unromantic life up to that point–my one and only boyfriend lasting 18 months and me breaking off the relationship with, “I think you need a woman who respects you and I’m not that woman.” I’d told my brother I was probably going to be single for a while.

Three months later–quiet high-scorer asked me out on a date.

Okay, so he didn’t really ask. I mentioned I wanted to go to a movie but my bff wouldn’t be able to go. Quiet high-scorer shrugged and said, “If your friend can’t go, I’d be happy to go with you.” I blinked at him and said the first thing that popped into my mind: “Actually, next on the list is Sarah.”

The tale of me and the quiet high-scorer continued with him continually out-performing me, and (though it sounds conceited) I wasn’t used to that and it impressed me. He also wasn’t afraid of risks as I watched him try sushi for the first time (this was almost 15 years ago, so sushi wasn’t as big as it is now). He was fiscally savvy, a hard worker, intelligent, quick-thinking, confident, and had a sense of humor that made me laugh.

Plus, he was cute.

On June 24th, 2006, I married that quiet high-scorer.

Happy Anniversary to My Love. (Alright, alright, so our anniversary was on Monday, but I don’t post on Mondays.)

Loni Townsend

About Loni Townsend

Wife. Mother. Writer. Ninja. Squirrel.

16 thoughts on “13 Years #Life

  1. You have a beautiful family. Happy Anniversary. You should use that to write a romance story. I’d read it. Thank you for sharing your story it made me smile.

  2. Congratulations! Hey, watch out for us quiet ones. We sneak up on you.

  3. Happy anniversary! You have a beautiful family!

  4. How sweet!! True love stories are the best. Congratulations!

  5. Happy anniversary! What a cute way to meet. I actually asked my husband out on the first date and I still remember his enormous grin.

  6. Aww, happy anniversary!

  7. Happy anniversary! Love seeing those photos – then and now. What a sweet couple and family.

  8. Happy anniversary.

  9. Happy anniversary! I loved your story!!!!! So sweet and romantic and I can’t believe you told him Sarah was next on the list! Ha!!

  10. I think this is one of my favorite posts from you. It was just so dang sweet. Happy anniversary you two!! You have a beautiful love story and a beautiful family! xoxo


  11. What a nice post and a cute pic! Congratulations! πŸ™‚

  12. Congrats on celebrating an anniversary and on all the wonderful (and sometimes not) things that go with it!

  13. Sarah Brentyn

    Happy (belated) anniversary. I’ve always enjoyed that utterly romantic story of true love born from someone’s ability to out-perform you. πŸ™‚ (I especially like the way you ended your 18-month previous relationship. You are nothing if not honest.) Love to you and your family.

  14. What a beautiful family! I love how you met. Happy Anniversary πŸ™‚

  15. LOVE this post!
    belated happy anniversary πŸ™‚

  16. What a great story and wonderful photos. Thanks for sharing them with us! I hope you had a wonderful anniversary.

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