I met Erin at the gym and I immediately had a huge crush on her. She has these warm, blue eyes that shine from across the room and long dark hair that looks completely adorable tied back into a ponytail.
When I saw her personal records, I knew she was one of the top performers in the gym. She also has the ability to turn her head off and go. She has a competitive drive, yet a laid-back demeanor that makes her push her limits and allow her to come off as lovable and kind.
Erin was always easy to talk to, yet she keeps her personal life and emotions tied up inside for few to see. I always enjoy a challenge.
5 months or so after I moved back to Oregon and started working at CPC, Erin came home for Christmas break. I asked her out to Zoo Lights on December 17th. It was a kinda cold, cloudy Saturday evening. For those who don't know, Zoo Lights is Christmas lights put up all around the Oregon Zoo (not limited to Oregon, though). We had fun, but I think I had more fun trying to pry information out of Erin.
I didn't know how we'd work out with a 7 year age gap, but we saw each other everyday for the rest of her break. Just before heading back to school, I asked Erin if she wanted to continue with the relationship while she was in Corvallis for school. She didn't see us doing anything but continuing to date, so for the next 6 months, Erin and I saw each other almost every weekend. If I didn't drive down, she drove up. Luckily, she was only an hour-and-a-half away. When she moved home for the summer, Erin decided to stay local and apply to Portland State University. Graduation is Father's Day and she just needs to take an extra couple of classes over the summer and she'll be done.
In getting to know her over the last 15 months I've realized that I could be with her for the rest of my life. If we get into an argument, it's usually petty and blows over quickly. We're honest with each other and support one-another's decisions and career goals. We love each other for all of the right reasons.
The best part? She has a sense of humor that's similar to mine, all-the-while she's just as playful as me. It's quite refreshing to know that I have to keep my abs flexed when she's nearby because she might punch me out of nowhere. Most of the men I know poke, prod, and pry when they're being flirtatious and it makes me happy to know Erin and I are still very playful with one another.
I have asked this question to a few people over the last few years, but only one answer has stood out above the rest. I asked, "What is the key to a happy and successful relationship?"
I was curious because, at the time, I was newly single and the breakup was difficult, so I wanted to know what kind of response I'd receive from people who appeared happily in love and who'd been married for many years.
The best response was : "The key to a happy and successful relationship is humor."
That's the one thing I never want to lose with her; our ability to make each other laugh brings a smile to my face as I type. We're now engaged, so I figured I'd give some history to everyone. I look forward to growing old with my beautiful bear.
I love you Erin.