Andrea, 43, and Alex, 42, met at a fraternity party at the University of Memphis in 1993. She had already graduated college and had reservations about going. But once there, Alex caught her eye. The couple married Oct. 5, 1996, in Memphis and they now live in Harrisburg. Andrea tells their story.
Young at heart: I was thinking my social life was pretty bleak because I was 23 and going to a frat party with my 18-year-old sister. Who goes to a college party after they graduate? But it was better than going home and I met Alex that night. He asked for my number and – this was before cellphones – I told him it was in the phone book when he couldn’t find a piece of paper to write on.
First date: I didn’t get my hopes up that Alex would call, but a few days later he did. It took about a month before we got a date scheduled. I was still living with my parents and since our date was in the middle of the week, my whole family was there when he came to pick me up. My dad took him to the den for “fatherly drills.”
Unexpected engagement: After we’d been dating for two years, Alex surprised me with a proposal on my birthday. We were taking a carriage ride in “Proposal Park” in Memphis yet he still caught me off-guard. He had always said he wouldn’t be ready to get married till he was 35, which was a decade older than he was that day.
Here’s a tip: If you ever get the opportunity to go out with your younger sister, go. You may just meet the love of your life. After 16 years, three beautiful children and a very cute dog, we’ve definitely had our share of ups and downs. But I couldn’t imagine my life without Alex in it. Hilary Trenda
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