Tech Support and I celebrated our 8th wedding anniversary last week, which is actually a bigger accomplishment than it sounds like because we dated for 13 years before tying the knot. We wanted to be really, really sure. 😛
We already knew each other from work – Hole’s Greenhouses and Gardens, my first teenager job that wasn’t babysitting – but we might never have gotten together if not for The Princess Bride.
In Which We Make a Shocking Discovery About Liz
It all began the summer after I graduated high school. Kelsey, bestest friend and Sister of the Traveling Chocolate, had the house to herself that year, because her dad was… somewhere else (it was 21 years ago. Details fade). We spent a lot of time over there, so she wouldn’t be lonely, and spent most of that time watching movies, because we were the kind of boring, well-behaved teenagers parents never hesitated to leave home alone.
Then Kelsey’s cousin Liz came to stay. And while discussing movies, we discovered that Liz had never seen The Princess Bride.
Since The Princess Bride is quite possibly one of the best movies ever made, that situation had to be rectified immediately. We piled into the car and headed to Blockbuster Video.*
In Which a Chance Encounter Leads to a Shocking Question
So we’re combing the aisles of Blockbuster, trying to figure out where the heck they’ve shelved the movie (is it romance? action? comedy? YES), when I bumped into Tech Support, who was there renting a movie of his own. Kelsey and Liz dispersed to continue looking, while I casually chatted with my coworker. I don’t remember what we were talking about (see above re: details), but I do remember the shocking question.
Tech Support: Can I have your phone number?
No one had ever asked me that before. Seriously. And Tech Support was out of my league then, too, so it was even more shocking. But I’m pretty sure I managed to pretend like cute guys asked for my number all the time. And being a writer, I had both a notebook and pen in my purse, which made it easy to provide the requested information.
In Which Kelsey Remembers It Slightly Differently
In her version, she was coming up behind me to tell me they’d found The Princess Bride and were ready to leave when she heard the question, did an abrupt about-face, and moved out of earshot to give me privacy.
According to Kelsey, it was the only time in her life she’d ever picked up on a cue. She did return promptly, which might have been even more important, because my brain was too stunned to drive my wobbly legs in anything like a straight line.
In Which Romance Ensues, and Kelsey Gets to Do the Thing She’s Been Waiting Thirteen Years For
One date led to another, which eventually led to my mom saying that if I didn’t marry Tech Support, she would adopt him as a second son.
We got married. Less paperwork.
Kelsey was the MC. After thirteen years of waiting, she stepped up to the podium and said, “Mawaige. Mawaige is wot bwings us togewar, today.”
Not sure if anyone else got it, but the bridal party cracked up. 😀
What about you? Are you a fan of The Princess Bride? Have a great story of how you and your true love got together? Share, please!
For those of you who’ve grown up with Netflix, this was a store that charged you money to borrow movies. Like a library, but with late fees that required your entire allowance and possibly a spare limb.