Kai and Adam, both 34, felt an instant attraction when they met freshman year at Johnson C. Smith University in the late’90s. Their young romance matured with them, and the couple married Oct. 4, 2004. They live in Charlotte. Adam tells their story.
Straight away: I was a teenager from Alcolu, S.C., and thought I’d come to a big city and live the single life at school. Wrong. Love at first sight may be a debatable point, but that’s what I felt the moment I saw Kai in the cafeteria. She and a group of friends were looking for a place to sit. She and I exchanged pleasantries and eventually, phone numbers. Our first date was a trip to Eastland Mall.
Curious correspondence: When the semester was over, Kai went home to Morganton, I went home to Alcolu. We would write letters and when hers arrived, I looked forward to guessing the Victoria Secret scent she’d sprayed on the paper. We both caught a lot of heat about our long distance phone bills, so much so that we both had to get part-time jobs to pay for them.
Going the distance: Kai and I would visit each other when we could, and I remember one time in particular she decided to come visit. The only way for Kai to get home was by Greyhound, but she didn’t let the prospect of a 20-hour bus ride stop us from being together. She came to visit anyway. A year later, we moved into an apartment to begin our lives together.
Looking forward: This past fall we celebrated our eight-year wedding anniversary. Over the past 14 years, Kai and I have been through all the highs and lows, but we’re still, literally, best friends. Every day is a joy to spend together. Hilary Trenda
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