Happy Valentine’s Day! Today I decided to share with you how Judd and I met. Our love story took place almost 8 years ago at the University of North Florida on a cold December evening….
The Boy Down The Hall
It was a Monday evening and finals week at UNF. I went out with my coworker Tessa for some Publix subs and red wine to go along with our study plans. On the way back from the store Tessa said I should meet one of the guys on her intramural softball team who apparently grew up just south of where I did. I joked with her that I was “swearing off dating.”
After our dinner and indulgence in some wine Tessa decided to text him. She was pretty sure he lived in the same dorm hall as I did. We were a co-ed dorm but obviously girls lived with girls and boys lived with boys. Sure enough he agreed to meet us in the hallway of my dorm. Which also turned out to be his, too.
Walking down the hallway I was a bit nervous. I recognized him immediately. He was always the guy holding the door open for me when I was rushing out to class or back from work. The first thing I saw was his blue eyes. Gorgeous eyes! We said our introductions and where we were from. He stated where he was from to which I replied I feel sorry for you. (Inside joke with the people from back home. He grew up in an older area that always seemed to be on the news.)
We sat in that hallway talking for about 5 hours completely avoiding studying for our hardest finals. (Mine being Statistics and his, chemistry.) Time seemed to fly by and before we both knew it was late. We said our goodbyes and went our separate ways. I couldn’t help but think to myself, I wonder if he’s single. A guy like that probably isn’t. He seems like quite the catch!
The next day after a little pep talk with Tessa, I Friend Requested Judd on Facebook to which he responded to immediately. I remember feeling so giddy! I commented a “great meeting you” on his page and then we began to talk. First it was through FB Messenger. Then we exchanged numbers. With it being finals week and the Christmas break was a few days away I knew that my opportunity to hang out with him limited. So I threw caution to the wind and asked him out one night. The rest is history!
It took us moving 2 hours away from our hometown’s to meet each other. We went to rival high schools and graduated a year a part from each other. I never really believed in fate until our story started to unfold.