After a long talk with a friend, I was convinced to reopen my account with OkCupid that I had temporarily closed for about a year. I didn’t change a thing in my profile and went to bed. The next morning, I woke up to find a lovely message from my future fiancé. He said more than the typical guy, and commented on several pieces of information I had in my profile. He even knew who said, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do,” and now we always say that Mark Twain brought us together.
After a quick look at his profile, I knew I was interested…a reserve firefighter, adventurous, and extremely tall. I responded to his message and we chatted back and forth a few times before I gave him my number. This was a Wednesday. Thursday, we talked on the phone for hours and made plans for our first date that Saturday. Friday, we realized that we both had no plans that night, and decided to meet up right after work instead of the following day. We split a pizza, watched the sunset from a lifeguard tower and named the stars, and then walked around Balboa Island, hand in hand.
We’ve been inseparable ever since. We were officially an item about a week later, and we’ve only been apart a handful of days in our two years together. I fell in love with Greg on our second date, and I can’t imagine my life without him. He is honest, selfless, moral, gentle, knowledgeable, and genuinely kind. He is my source of comfort, my human map, my gentleman, my lifeline, my hero, and the best back scratcher ever. I am overjoyed that he chose me as his partner in life and love. He proposed at the tide pools in Laguna Beach on March 8th, 2016 and we are getting married on May 20th, 2017. I cannot WAIT to formally start our lives together!
“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
“Who is, ‘The woman I will spend the rest of my life with’?”
Well, it didn’t really happen like that, but it was pretty close. After reactivating my online dating account, I looked through my matches and Erin happened to be one of them. She had posted that quote and challenged her suiters to name the author. Needless to say, I answered correctly and got to go on a first date with this beautiful woman only a few days later after talking on the phone and texting back and forth.
Our first date was in Newport and it was topped off when Erin came in for a kiss on the lifeguard tower. Not long after that date, I knew I had found the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with. So on March 8th of 2016, after an afternoon in Laguna Beach, I got on bended knee and asked Erin to make me the happiest man and be my wife.
And the rest they say, is history!