It's our anniversary week and I wanted to share a fun story about how I met my future husband. I shared this last week over on The Grits Blog, but in case any of you missed it, it's a fun look back down memory lane for me and a fun story to share.
It was the summer between my junior and senior year in high school and I decided to apply to be on the court for my town's festival. Each year, three girls are picked to represent the festival all summer long. If you are chosen, each of you becomes a princess for the court and you spend your summer traveling around to local events to promote the upcoming festival. And lucky for me, I was chosen as one of those three girls. (Confession, only three of us applied, so all summer we joked that none of us would have gotten picked if there had been any competition)
So we practiced our princess waves in parades, spoke at luncheons and meetings, and got to pretend we were royalty. It really was a fun experience, and great for getting over any fear of public speaking. At a minutes notice we could be asked to step on stage and speak in front of 20-500 people about the highlights of our event. Every weekend for three months we had a different event planned. And while it basically ate up my entire summer, I got to do a lot of things I would have never done otherwise!
So I'm guessing you're wondering how the heck I convinced my husband to marry a 17 year old girl in a tiara who wants to be called Princess Libby. Well, one of our chaperones happened to be the secretary at the fire department. This meant we spent hours and hours at the fire station that summer. Cute high school girls + young fireman = we made friends. Unfortunately, one of the young fireman I made friends with wasn't my future husband. But he did end up being my future husband's roommate 2 years later. So after I stopped wearing a tiara 24/7 and was still hanging out with one of the friends I made, I got to meet my husband. Definitely a better perk than the $500 identical wardrobe!
Clearly having fun, spending too much time at the fire department