So you want a look into the Meerkat past? Cue up the Wayne’s World flashback music please.
I am going low budget here. Just pretend. KThanks. 🙂
Growing up I was not your typical teenager. In high school my life revolved around two things; softball and friends. If I wasn’t training with MOH Meerkat, we were out with our friends at the beach or having a bonfire in my backyard. I never went crazy partying or out every weekend. All those typical teenager activities bored me.
Some of our friends at prom.
As far as relationships went, I did a little bit of random dating here and there but nothing serious. And academics… HA!
I did my best to do as little as possible without failing. Mostly, I just wanted to play softball. I had tunnel vision as far as softball was concerned. It was an obsession that MOH Meerkat helped fuel because she loved it just as much as I did.
MOH Meerkat (right) and I after a softball game senior year.
It wasn’t until college that I realized that I was more than just an obsessed softball player. MOH Meerkat and I went to two different schools so I no longer had my softball training buddy. On top of that, I randomly decided to start taking programming classes at my university’s engineering college and it was love from the first line of code I wrote. Until that point I never knew I had any kind of smarts. I guess if I had actually tried to do homework in high school I might have figured it out quicker. So I quit playing softball competitively (I still play for fun) and went from jock to intellectual in a semester.
College also brought about more serious dating for me. What I found out quickly was guys in the engineering college were way more intriguing than high school guys. Most were smart, fun and had a awesome sense of humor which I quickly learned was what my taste in men ran towards. And then, who should walk into my life but Mr. Meerkat. He was all the things I loved; tall, handsome, smart and had a wicked sense of humor. We became good friends while coaching a kids’ robotics team together and a few month after we met started dating.
Mr. Meerkat tickling me while Sister-In-Law Meerkat was trying to take our photo.
Of course, long before high school I said I would never get married. But Mr. Meerkat is a nester and he had other plans. We laugh about it now, but it wasn’t even a year after we started dating when he told his mom that I was the girl he was going to marry. So it came as a no surprise to anyone (well except me!) when Mr. Meerkat took me to Mackinac Island and proposed. Everyone was happy when we told them about the engagement and probably a little shocked because of how adamant I was about not getting married.
As I look back at who I was then, I am happier than I have ever been. I always said that the whole 2.5 kids with a two car garage in the ‘burbs wasn’t my thing and it still isn’t. But what I have learned is that having two dogs and two cats in a home we bought together with my very own foof chair to play video games in is exactly what I have always wanted. *blissful sigh*
Did you think you’d never want to get married? What finally changed your mind?