It all began when we were four years old and found ourselves enrolled at the very same preschool.
Ryan loved me immediately. He might say "I don't even remember you in preschool LAUREN." But that is clearly not the case. I have photographic evidence.
|And I am like, RYAN? Blech.|
|He SAT NEXT TO ME at our Christmas Play. And in preschool that is LOVE. Plus notice how he is gazing at my hands. It's almost like he is already planning to put a ring on it at some point in his life.|
I mean, I would spend my weekends doing this:
|I want to be tough as nails when I grow up.|
And Ryan would spend his weekends doing this:
|I want to be Kermit the Frog when I grow up.|
So it just was not going to work out for poor Ryan at this point. Although there was one very close call when I dressed up as a bride for Halloween and as my mom was about to drop me off I thought about something and freaked out.
I had told everyone (including Ryan) in show and tell the day before that I was dressing up as a bride the next day.
"Can you please go inside and make suh that dumb Wyan is not dwessed as a gwoom?"
"Lauren Rae, get your cute little butt out of this car immediately."
"FINE, He's pwobably a dumb gween fwog anyway and he always eats ALL THE COOKIES."
(Preschoolers don't often make sense.)
So Ryan and I parted ways for years and years, until we ran across each other again in high school. And this time it was a different story.
Because while Ryan was busy playing Varsity Soccer and Volleyball,
|Crap, when did Wyan *ahem* Ryan get cool?|
|I know ALL the rules to ALL the sports.|
I was busy winning all of the Science Olympiad medals.
|Butterflies belong to the Order Lepidoptera Yo.|
Until our Senior year. When Ryan and I had AP Statistics together and he made me a bet on like the second day of school that I would go to prom with this other kid in our class. This other kid in our class who was a year younger than us and had made a waterproof monopoly game complete with laminated money and floating game pieces so that on the weekends he and his friends could sit around in a hot tub and you know, play monopoly.
And I was all "No Way Jose."
And then I started dating the monopoly kid (who was a very nice boy and sometimes left me flowers in my locker.)
And it seemed like Ryan's little prom prediction was going to come true.
Until one of my friend's parents went out of town and we had a party at her house and decided to invite all of the popular kids. And they came.
And Ryan fell in love with me all over again. Because, on the inside, he was still the little boy that thought I had the most beautiful hands in the world. And that night he decided to hold my hand as we took a walk around the neighborhood.
And his prom bet was totally foiled.
|I lost my shoe while walking across the stage at graduation and decided to just leave it behind. So I am wearing one shoe in this picture.|
Oh and I just thought I would mention that I wasn't like the biggest nerd in the whole school. I totally had my eyebrow pierced. That made me cool right? No? Well what if I didn't even care if I was cool, that made me cool right? Also no? Crap.
|Oh you like my eyebrow ring? Yeah, I know, it's pretty cool. My mom let me get it after I got straight A's for six semesters straight.|