A College Love Story

Whenever someone asks how Sparks and I met, I usually laugh and ask if they want the long version or the very short version. The short version goes something like this:

“We met at school.”

(Like I said, it’s a very short version)

Now, the long version is what gets me laughing. Not that it’s particularly funny, but I just never expected this:


Would turn into this:


It all started our sophomore year of college. I packed up my things in Virginia, drove down to North Carolina, and moved into my sorority house. Meanwhile, Sparks packed up his things in Ohio, drove down to North Carolina, and moved into his fraternity house. And just like that, we were neighbors.

It only took a few days for my friends and I to notice the cute boys across the street, and we decided to set up a little wine and cheese “meet and greet” party for that Saturday. Sounds classy, right? Well, if red wine beer pong and white wine flip cup sound classy to you”¦ then it was the nicest party you could have ever attended. It was at this high class shindig that I first met Sparks.

I can remember exactly what he was wearing when I first noticed him. This could be because he was 30 minutes late to his own party (Sparks is a pro at making a fashionably late entrance), but I like to think it was love at first sight. Or something like that. Anyway, I kept my eye on him all night until one of my roommates noticed me staring and introduced us. After that, we spent most of the night chatting on the back deck, or partnered up in some silly game (oh, college romance).

The next day, however, I rationalized that the connection I felt was more for my glass of wine than for the cute guy next door. So (thinking I was being smart) I decided to move on.

But moving on was easier said than done. After our little wine and cheese soiree, our two houses were nearly inseparable.


Oh Sparks, how could I not fall for that face?

Plus, Sparks was charming and persistent and seemed to pop up everywhere I went. I finally gave in when he asked for a movie date.

Well. All I can say is that I should have picked what we went to see. Because, for some reason, Sparks decided it would be appropriate to see a horrible, bloody, slasher film that night. That’s right. We went to see Texas Chainsaw Massacre on our first date.

This wouldn’t have been such a big deal (it was October after all), except that I absolutely hate scary movies. I do NOT like to be scared and I have nightmares for weeks after anything even remotely frightening. I’ll admit it, I’m a big baby. So I spent the entirety of our first date with my eyes covered, wishing we could get out of there. But despite the horrible choice of movie (and the nightmares I had as a result), I discovered I really liked spending time with Sparks. So when he asked me to be his date for a party the next weekend, I said yes”¦and so began the night when Sparks almost completely blew it.

(All personal pics)


Mrs. Sparkler

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 5:01 pm

    Awww. …Ms. S, what a cute story!

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    floridabride12 1562 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:03 pm

    aww. FI and I’s first date was a horrible movie-disaster date too.

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    missmouse29 2998 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:14 pm

    Boy logic= if the girl gets scared she’ll want me to protect and comfort her.
    Seriously. I have asked multiple different men this about the whole scary movie date and they all have the same answer lol.

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    erinelaine 3 posts, Wannabee @ 5:15 pm

    we watched Hannibal Rising on our first date in college… on the floor of his apartment because he didnt have furniture yet…. lol. Talk about baaad first dates. So glad you made it past that to the 2nd date and are where you are now!!

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    earrings 2611 posts, Sugar bee @ 5:45 pm

    A very cute story :) Im terrified of horror movies too! Mr E loves them….but I just quake at the thought.

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    barrettes 913 posts, Busy bee @ 5:57 pm

    Oh boys– always picking the worst movies to take a girl to. 😉

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    trailmix 6663 posts, Bee Keeper @ 6:05 pm

    SO fun!! I married my college sweetheart too and we have so many similar pictures to the one you first showed…Siiiiigh, oh college, how I miss thee!

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    tartlet 3227 posts, Sugar bee @ 6:17 pm

    @missmouse29: Haha – I’ve totally had guys (Mr. Tartlet included) admit to this, too!

    Cute story! Mr. T and I met in college, and this post definitely takes me back. Ah, the days of beer pong and flip cup…

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    octopus 1439 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:59 pm

    We have a similar story, Sparkler! Mr. Octo and I met at a toga party, and went to that Hannibal Lecter prequel movie on our second date!

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    misssparkler 488 posts, Helper bee @ 7:19 pm

    @Mrs. Octopus: Hahaha, that’s crazy! Something about theme parties and horror movies I guess :)

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    elephant 6339 posts, Bee Keeper @ 7:22 pm

    What a cute story! We love beer pong and flip cup. We always end up having a boys vs girls show down in flip cup when we’re together with friends.

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    MrsTimber 262 posts, Helper bee @ 8:01 pm

    You two have a great “how we met” story. I can’t wait to read more!

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    Miss 1Cent 168 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:29 pm

    So cute, can’t wait to hear the rest. My fiance and I are also college sweethearts. My little (in my sorority) was best friends with him. After crossing paths about 900 times over 2 1/2 years and a few too many tequila shots at our favorite college bar we somehow became a couple. College sweetheart stories are sometimes the funniest.

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    fuschiasparkles, Guest @ 9:13 pm

    ahh love your story!! Super cute..what sorority are in ?

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    mscottoncandy 436 posts, Helper bee @ 10:59 pm

    aww cute story!

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    rachaelrobin 2915 posts, Sugar bee @ 10:16 am

    Super cute! We met at school also – ah the memories…

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    Lo 538 posts, Busy bee @ 10:19 am

    I have the same feeling when it comes to scary movies and about the same reaction too! lol

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    taco 946 posts, Busy bee @ 1:09 pm

    Love your boots. And your story!

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    husky 1750 posts, Buzzing bee @ 4:23 pm

    Cute story! I had to laugh at the TX Chainsaw choice – how romantic! 😉

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    Nina, Guest @ 2:02 pm

    Love the story! Also, Go Buffs! I went to CU and still live in Boulder. We met at school too. Ahh flip cup :)

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    Rupesh lama, Guest @ 9:35 am

    I love sanzia my belove from heart

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