How We Met (For Real This Time)

When I last left off, I had realized that I had a huge crush on Mr. C and it was becoming problematic. I was still in a long-term, long-distance relationship and I had several friends and family members warn me not to date a coworker. The ensuing weeks really mimic Jim and Pam’s relationship in the first few seasons of the TV show The Office.

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Jim and Pam—one of TV’s most adorable couples. (source)

But without the awesomness of Dwight Schrute. Or Creed. Actually, there is a guy at work who reminds me a little of Creed.Mr. Camel and I spend a lot of time casting our co-workers into different roles from The Office.

We would have so much fun at work, and have such a huge connection, but no contact in our personal lives. I started to organize group events with our younger coworkers just to have an excuse to spend time with Mr. C outside of work.

We would get drinks on Friday nights, hold elaborate board game events, or just hang out watching football. At each event Mr. C and I would end up talking, laughing, and having fun. But I was still in a rocky relationship with someone else. I felt emotionally conflicted, but after much careful soul-searching, I knew what needed to be done. I realized that regardless of whether or not Mr. Camel was interested in me, I needed to end the relationship because I was unhappy. So it ended. I let go and I didn’t look back. I make it sound so simple, but even though I was unhappy, it was hard to end a relationship with someone who had been a part of my life for four years. Regardless, it was absolutely the right thing to do.

Some time passed and I knew that I wanted to casually get to know Mr. C better, but I wanted to take it slow seeing as I had just ended a long-term relationship. Eventually, I started inviting him over to my apartment to watch obscure movies. This was completely platonic, mind you. He would sit on the other side of the room and leave immediately after the movie ended, which seemed to indicate that he wasn’t interested in me. In reality he just didn’t know whether he should make a move or not. At the time I knew he had recently been on a couple of blind dates and I wasn’t sure if he was seeing anyone serious. I started to tell myself not to get my hopes up.

One day I decided to convince Mr. C to go to Rock City with me. For those of you who not familiar with it, Rock Cityis a bizarre tourist attraction on the border of Georgia and Tennessee. It is equal parts “natural wonders” and creepy lawn gnomes under black lights. It’s also a two hour drive from where I live, so it made for an interesting little autumn road trip. To be honest, the trip was really a test. If he agreed to go, I would know for sure that he liked me. If we had fun, I would know that he had serious boyfriend potential.

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Photos taken during the Rock City adventure, including the one-handed sheep wrangler. Lots of weird stuff to see at Rock City. I still get nostalgic when Mr. C wears that same shirt that he’s wearing in the photo above. (personal photos)

Luckily, we had a blast at Rock City. It was a gorgeous, sunny fall day. I remember packing a cooler full of snacks and cream sodas. I made a special playlist just for the trip. Mr. C was smiling the entire time, and I had a feeling that things were going to work out after all. The Rock City adventure started a series of pseudo-dates which eventually ended with us kissing in my apartment entryway at 2:00 am. A few months later and we were getting an apartment together, and a year after that he proposed to me. We are both a little older (I’m 29 and he is 35), so I guess after years of relationships and dating, we just knew we were the ones for each other.

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At our students’ high school graduation in May 2011. (personal photo)

People always ask if our school is okay with us being together and the answer is YES! Our principal, superintendent, and our coworkers know about our relationship. Even our students know. In fact, it’s hard to keep high school students out of your personal business since they always have so many prying questions about your life. When Mr. C and I were just friends our students would always tease us by saying, “We saw you looking at her!” or “We know you like him!” Honestly, it was incredibly embarrassing at the time because I could not speak to any male teacher without my students making some kind of lewd accusation. But it was especially embarrassing with Mr. C because I was trying (and failing) to hide my crush. Maybe our students were on to something that we weren’t willing to admit at the time.

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We ran in the “Warrior Dash” race as Team Econ with complementing Supply and Demand t-shirts. Yes, we are econ nerds too! (personal photo)

We both teach seniors, so the students we taught when we first started dating in 2010 have long since graduated. Every now and then we will see one of them at the store and they will say things like, “I heard you finally got engaged. We knew you were going to get married!!” Apparently, right after our engagement, we were quite the gossip on Twitter and Facebook. I’ve always found it endearing that our students take such a big interest in our lives. Now if they could just stop asking if they are invited to the wedding. . .

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Mrs. Camel

Location:
Athens, GA
Wedding Date:
May 2013

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:56 am

    Awwwwwww…. <3

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 8:10 am

    Such a cute story!! It’s so fun to look back at how things started. :)

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    christinamarie980 761 posts, Busy bee @ 8:12 am

    Awww! You guys are so cute together. Mr. C does not look 35!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:19 am

    So cute and, yes, so Jim and Pam, which I love :)

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:21 am

    We a cute story!

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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 8:35 am

    Glad to hear another coworker success story! :)

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:48 am

    haha, I love that your students want to go to the wedding! Yay for a Pam and Jim like story!!

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    moderndaisy 6688 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:51 am

    Aww, so sweet! It reminds me of how I got together with DH. We were working at the same company while ‘secretly’ dating and eventually realized there is no such thing as a secret office relationship lol!

    We don’t work at the same office anymore, but I look back on those days fondly when everything was exciting and ‘secret’.

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:52 am

    I feel ya! I am a high school teacher and there are many a question on a daily basis. I think they were relieved when I finally got engaged at age 28 (to a food salesman, not a teacher lol). I knew they thought I was old (but you and I are NOT over the hill quite yet!)

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    iammcdibble 995 posts, Busy bee @ 9:03 am

    Love the Office reference. FI and I also started as a workplace romance, so I especially love hearing these.

    I really love yours too because I remember being in High School and having 2 teachers start dating each other and eventually get married. We definitely teased them too.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:10 am

    aww That’s such a cute story. There was a pair of married teachers at my high school and every Valentine’s Day, the husband would get his students to bring her 2 roses every period, so she’d have a dozen by the end of the day.

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    alleycat 661 posts, Busy bee @ 9:29 am

    Your story is so cute. Reminds me a lot of my own…I also was in a failing long-distance relationship that I had not been truly happy in for years. Connecting with my now-husband, I finally realized I had to end it, and when I did, I was adamant about wanting to not jump into another relationship. So we also had many pseudo-dates as friends which eventually led to kissing, then dating, then moving in, and now we are married! :)

    Also, as an editor for economics textbooks, I have to say that those supply and demand shirts are a total win. Love it!

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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:38 am

    aww that’s such a cute story. I love the supply and demand shirts.

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:58 pm

    That’ a very cute story, it’s great you have such a fun relationship.

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 1:00 pm

    @christinamarie980: Thanks so much! Everyone is always surprised when Mr. C shares his age. I wish I could tell you that he has some secret, but the man was living on pizza and soda when we started dating!

    @moderndaisy: Gah, it’s so hard to keep things like that secret!!

    @Mrs. Treasure: That’s pretty much the cutest thing ever! Mr. C has never done anything like that but he always has flowers sent on the first day of school!

    @Alleycat: You edit econ text books? That is awesome! I wish I could do something like that for a living. I’m glad another econ nerd can appreciate our t-shirts! :)

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 1:10 pm

    I love your story! Love love love love! I love that your students are so interested. I’m so glad you’ve joined the Bee. :)

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    porcupine 633 posts, Busy bee @ 1:18 pm

    I love your story on how you two got together! I remember in JHS and HS a few teachers (2 sets really) ended up getting together. We were always OBSESSED with their relationships and it was like our own little local gossip. How adorable that your students kept tabs on the outcome of your flirtation! Real life Jim and Pam, teacher version that is.

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    Michelle, Guest @ 2:16 pm

    new.favorite.bee. :) thanks for sharing!

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    bRooklynRocks 4048 posts, Honey bee @ 3:12 pm

    I agree that you are my new favorite bee. I hardly come on the blogs that much but your first entry caught my eye and I’m really loving it. May I be permitted to say that your fiancé does not look 35 at all! He looks so young for his age…..from one mid-30′s person to another ;)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 8:22 pm

    @StephK527: Thank you so much for your comment and support! Our students are very interested. Perhaps, a little too interested. I tried to explain how much money we were paying for each person to attend and I think it blew their minds a little (even though it’s pretty modest in comparison to most weddings these days).

    @Michelle: :) :)

    @bRooklynRocks: You are too awesome. Yes Mr. C has somehow found the fountain of youth. I hope I look as awesome as he does when I’m 35 (though doubtful)!

    @Mrs. Porcupine: For a while there we felt like the royal couple of our school. Kids couldn’t get enough of us. Our coworkers have combined our first names (like “Bennifer”) and that is how they refer to us at work.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:29 am

    LOL, I love this! You two are adorable. I also think neither of you looks like you’re older than 22, but I’m glad you’re here because I am a snot and I prefer “older” (or as I see it, “of age”) couples rather than 21-year olds getting married! Sorry younger Bees, I like you all, but I still get snooty about age. :)

    I also think it’s super cute that your students take such an interest, but I remember being overly interested in my teachers’ personal lives as well. In fact, I’m 7 years out of school and still take an interest in my teachers’ personal lives! I’ve always thought it was cute when there were a couple of married teachers, though. :)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:32 pm

    @Blonde17Jess: Aww thanks so much! I think our secret is that we are still big kids at heart. We have a very fun, playful relationship. I am one of the last few of my friends to get married, but I am 100% happy with how my life has turned out. I met Mr. C at exactly the right moment. I had my big single adventures, went back to school, found a job, and then he fell into my life.

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    msnashvillelawyers 31 posts, Newbee @ 1:54 pm

    I’m from the city Rock City is in and the gnomes used to haunt my childhood dreams!! hahaha!! glad you guys have great memories from the trip!!!

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 4:36 pm

    @msnashvillelawyers: Yes we have very fond memories of Rock City. It’s such a strange place! I remember my parents taking me when I was little and I had built it up as a mini-Disney World in my child imagination and I was sorely disappointed when we arrived. It’s still a neat place though!

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    Mathis13 242 posts, Helper bee @ 5:24 am

    OMG–I DIED laughing when I saw your costumes. Ingenious!! I am a SS Teacher in metro Atlanta (World History/Economics) so I can fully appreciate them, lol.

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    Mathis13 242 posts, Helper bee @ 5:25 am

    *Edit: t-shirt’s (not costume) :)

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    camel 703 posts, Busy bee @ 7:07 am

    @Mathis13: Hey that’s exactly what I teach! Econ and World History. WH will switch to AP WH in the spring. Glad you could appreciate our shirts (which were kind of like costumes!)

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    missmusubi 14 posts, Newbee @ 7:43 pm

    Great story!

    Neither of your look your age at.all!

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