One of the (few) nice things about high school relationships is that status is always clear—especially in the pre-Facebook days. There’s no ambiguity on labels, exclusivity, etc. After constant phone conversations and flirty IM’ing for about a month, Mr. S made things officially official. On October 25, 2000 he met me at his high school for a soccer game, presented me with a heart shaped balloon, and asked me point blank if I would be his girlfriend. I said yes with a goofy smile, and we’ve been together ever since. All together now: Awwww!!
So for the past 13 years, Mr. S and I have celebrated our anniversary every October 25th. And wouldn’t you know it, our 14th anniversary just so happens to fall on a Saturday. It’s fate, I tell you! Or maybe it’s not. We knew going into wedding planning that selecting an off-peak month would help with our budget, and I’m always on Team Bargain. However, if October 25th were available, I don’t think we could pass it up despite the extra cost.
Well that dream was short lived when reBar told us that October 25th was booked. In fact, every Saturday night in 2014 was booked up until November. Being freed from our special date forced us to consider the other possibilities. November was the next date available, but with my birthday at the beginning of the month and Thanksgiving at the end of the month, we decided it was out. We could look to spring/summer of 2015, but neither of us wanted to extend the engagement much more than one year. That left us December 2014.