24 Years Ago Today

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24 years ago today my friend Adam called me up and asked if I wanted to go to the movies with him and a bunch of friends. This guy Chris would be there, and he thought Chris and I would be a great couple.  I said yes, but I didn't have a ride.  He told me our mutual friend Shawn would pick me up, but he had to pick up someone else.

Shawn came to my mom's house in his Ford EXP, and then we headed to pick up his buddy Karl.  I'd heard about Karl.  I heard stories of how he could down a 40 in five minutes flat, and everyone said he was the most fun, the craziest, the best kind of friend.  I had never met him.  We got to his house, I slid in the back seat so he could have the front as he was far taller than I.  As we were leaving his neighborhood, I asked him why he lived in this town yet went to the high school of the neighboring town.  He turned around to answer me and I felt as though someone punched me in the chest.  I knew right then that love at first sight existed.

When we got to the movie theater, I was supposed to be chatting up Chris but instead was doing everything I could to get to know Karl.  though he was dressed similarly to the other guys, he still stood out in a crowd.  Little things he did, he said, made him unique.  During the movie, I scrambled to sit next to Karl and when I heard he and a few were heading to Denny's after the movie I made sure I was there as well.

This picture was taken at Denny's with the disposable camera that was in my Christmas stocking.  I shot the entire roll in the camera in hopes to capture this very shot – me and Karl alone.  I came home and told my mom I met the guy I wanted to marry.  I told my friend Adam that I liked Karl; they worked together at Safeway so he told Karl and gave him my number.  Our first date was another movie (there's not a lot to do in the suburbs when you're 17).  Almost a month later, January 26, I was on the phone with Karl late at night and told him how I was craving Beefaroni.  He got off the phone with me saying he had to get up early to go snowboarding with friends.  Ten minutes later, I heard pebbles hitting my bedroom window.  I looked out and in my front yard was Karl with a can of Beefaroni.  That night we kissed for the first time.

I like to say we've been together ever since, but we did take a break in 1997 for a few months.  We also spent many years in a long distance relationship while he was in the Navy and I in college.  But we always came back together, and we just get better and stronger with time.  We've survived cancer (him), broken bones (both of us), and many other injuries.  We've both lost parents, mentors, dear friends, two dogs, and other loved ones.  We've been fired, we've quit, we've started drastically new careers.  We survived long distances, opposite schedules, and an entire home remodel.  And together we made a human being who is the most awesome person the two of us know.

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23 Comments

  • Gervy December 30, 2016

    I love this story! You two are beautiful together. xx

  • Dawn December 28, 2016

    Happy Anniversary!

  • tgchi13 December 28, 2016

    ❤️❤️❤️

  • Rebekah Bryan December 28, 2016

    That’s adorable! Congrats to you two!

  • Helen December 28, 2016

    What a wonderful love story! I had tears in my eyes reading… ❤️

  • Ginger December 27, 2016

    Congratulations!

  • Sonia December 27, 2016

    All I can say is awwww! I loved the part about how you worked super hard to make him yours and then, finally, success! Much love and the very best to you, Karl and Emerson this holiday season and into 2017.

  • Franish December 27, 2016

    Love love love this – your love and relationship is seriously inspiring, and I am so happy for both of you. Who knew that beefaroni was such an aphrodisiac? 😉

  • Georgia Mom December 27, 2016

    Love this post! 24 years ago today I married my best friend & college physics study partner. Here’s to many more for both of you & both of us!!

  • Michelle Van Ellis December 27, 2016

    Love your love story!

  • Emily December 27, 2016

    This is such a beautiful story. Congratulations!

  • Jeannette Garcia December 27, 2016

    Bella y tierna historia de un amor juvenil que con el tiempo se convirtio en una historia de amor verdadera… Felicitaciones Allie y Karl!!!

  • Jodie Filogomo December 27, 2016

    OMG Allie—this is such a great way to look at life! It is amazing to look back, and I love this photo!!
    jodie
    http://www.jtouchofstyle.com

  • Magda December 27, 2016

    I never leave posts but this touched my heart because it reminded me my story. Thank you for sharing!

  • Lorena Lorena December 27, 2016

    What a beautiful story Allie. I’m actually left wondering what he answered to your question about going to a high school that was farther..

    • Allie at Wardrobe Oxygen December 27, 2016

      His parents divorced and he moved with his dad but didn’t want to change schools in his senior year 🙂

  • Julia December 27, 2016

    I only know you two from following your blog, but I am a bit teary! Beautiful post. Happy love, you two!

  • Rachel December 27, 2016

    Wonderful story – gave me goosebumps – thank you for sharing it with us!
    Rachel

  • cDs December 27, 2016

    Just got goosebumps. This is so sweet. Kendall and I have been together for less than a year and we’ve been through a hospital visit (him), losing a pet (me), moving in together, and long distance. It’s been a wild ride but couples like you guys and my parents make me feel like it’ll be totally worth it.
    x0x0 Caroline http://thecarolove.com/

  • Susan B. December 27, 2016

    Reading this was such a great start to my day! It’s obvious you two were meant to be together, and are doing the hard work together to keep your love story going. Thanks for sharing this!!

  • Linda B December 27, 2016

    What a fabulous story! Thanks so much for sharing! I actually relate to so much of it. I met my husband in a car going to the movies with a mutual friend when I was in my first year of college. I was 18. It’s now more than 40 years later. Our two grown children are the most fabulous people we know. Life has not always been easy but life is good, so good. Happy New Year to you and yours!

  • kpwathen December 27, 2016

    I LOVE this! Such a great story – such a great example for Emerson, too. Congratulations to you two! <3

  • Patti December 27, 2016

    I love reading all your posts, but by far this was the best, thanks for sharing, hope you have many more wonderful years together!

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