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Emily and I had been on hundreds of dates - and I mean that literally - before we ever met. We happened to both be in the Seattle area at the time and wanted to hang out with a mutual friend. She organized a double date and neither one of us was that excited. -Cy
Let me just expound a little. I was actually at the library when the date was supposed to start and instead of leaving immediately, I stayed for 20 more minutes to check out their cheap-used-library-book sale, that's how unexcited I was about this date. Meanwhile, Cy got lost trying to find our meet-up spot so we found him sleeping in his car at a nearby gas station. Which is funny because (1) Cy falls asleep on the spot anywhere, and (2) I'm the designated family navigator because of his amazing ability to get lost. -Emily
So, Emily ended up being 30 minutes late to our blind date. (The first of many times she would make me wait). When I first saw her, I thought, "At least she's cute." - Cy
(Luckily I decided to wear makeup that day.) - Emily
Not only was she cute, I soon learned that Emily was smart, funny, independent, talented, and incredibly interesting. We had sooooo many things in common, too. Bank tellers, Swahili, Gymnopedies No. 1, Chinese, making things, Taiwan, Venezuela, mission trips, teaching ESL, that song by Manà, doctors, Arizona, country music intolerance (don't judge us), sibling ages, goals, The Emperor's New Groove, swing dancing, pho, and the list goes on. At the end of the date, I was pretty convinced Emily was just right for me. I even took the picture above - just in case it worked out! -Cy
So, the first date we basically talked non-stop. It was as if we were falling all over ourselves to get all the words out and ask all the questions we possibly could. It was magical. Amazing, right? I went home thinking "That was so fun, now that I know someone like that exists, maybe I'll meet someone like that who lives here." Cy was just in Seattle for 2 more weeks with a temporary military assignment. We had a few more dates over those weeks. But when he left, it felt like he took all the sunshine with him. No one else's jokes were as funny. Everyone else seemed so boring compared to him. -Emily
Fast forward 8 months later, Emily and I were married in my hometown Mesa, Arizona on the hottest (117!) day of the year. As with most Army families, we have moved around a lot since then. We have lived in bustling New York City, borderville El Paso, backwoods Lousiana, and now beautiful Hawaii. -Cy