“It all became clear when my best friend turned to me one day after I was reminiscing about a story and said ‘I think you’re in love with Todd.’”
I was a senior at GW and single. My ex-boyfriend was a senior as well, so all guys that year were off limits since he was friends with the entire group of eligible boyfriends. My best friend and I started spending time with her younger sister and her friends, so I was around younger guys a lot. One of them was a freshman who was apparently “too cool” for the dorms and moved into the same off-campus building as mine. I remember first seeing him in the elevator and we were clearly familiar to one another since I had spent time around him with my friend’s younger sister. However, Matt was also “too cool” to say hi, or in hindsight, maybe too nervous. His cold shoulder intrigued me, especially for a Freshman who I expected to immediately be smitten with me, an older senior. From then on, I was determined to break through this cold exterior of his, even if it was just for a fun fling during my last semester of college.
Sure enough, my flirtatious advances caught his attention and he kissed me outside of a nightclub while we were trying to hail a cab. The fling continued until he left school and I graduated. I thought that was it. I found myself talking about this Freshman, who my friends and I nicknamed “Todd” because he was a young “toddler” and loved wearing Tod’s shoes. It all became clear when my best friend turned to me one day after I was reminiscing about a story and said “I think you’re in love with Todd.” The rest wasn’t easy, as starting a real relationship with a guy who was basically starting his college career while I was starting my real life career is certainly a recipe for disaster. However, we made it through the ups and downs and he proposed to me 9 years later. We’ve now been married for two years and I feel like I grew up with him. I can’t imagine us not having the history we have. He knows me entirely and has truly seen me turn into a real person, as I have seen of him, as well.