Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Story

Last Friday we took the boys back to where our family began. One snowy night, my sophomore year at Radford University, when I was just getting over being sick, I decided to go to the party anyway. That’s where I met the girl that would eventually become my wife. We showed them the apartment we stood in front of that night for our first kiss.

A phone number, scribbled in orange colored pencil, on a piece of paper led to a meeting in the cafeteria. We ate lunch with the boys in the food court outside the cafeteria, as we pointed this out.

This is where your mom danced ballet, and I earned my ballet credits lifting the girls over my head, because they did not have enough male dancers. Easiest credits I ever earned. No, your dad never wore tights. The boys watched the dancers warming up for class.

This is the building your dad worked in while he went to school. This is where your mom worked. This is the fountain we walked by every day to class. There was our dorm, her apartment, my apartment.

We took many a walk in this park, and probably talked about you, well before you were born. The boys played on the playground at Bissett Park, staring out at the same section of the James River from 16 years ago.

All of this is part of the story that led up to you. Our story, where it first began.

15 comments:

Daniel said...

Very sweet story, and nice to share with your little ones.

Rob said...

You know you wore tights.

Anonymous said...

Yes, he did wear tights. I have the photographs to prove it.

-DF

Dot-Com said...

That's so beautiful! Taking the kids back to the roots, see where it all began. You're lucky to have this.

Candie Bracci said...

very nice story Brian
Have a sweet day :)

Leah said...

Uh oh, I teared up a little.

We're planning a trip sometime soon to our alma mater, to take our little girl and see our past, so this really really resonated.

I hope you and yours are feeling better? (re: the twitter comment)

Dad said...

I did not know the James ran thru Radford. I guess a lot has happened the last 16 years.HEHE.
Just picking at you son. Great post as usual. I am so glad you took after me.

mouse (aka kimy) said...

happy earth day....


ah another lovely story.... (trying to do some catch up on the blogworld, but alas, the house is now filling up....so much for that)

Brian Miller said...

@dad - ok. it's the New River. geography was not what tara and i were studying when we visited there in college.

@mouse - happy earth day as well. catch you tomorrow for TT.

@leah - lots of fun for the kids to hear about our life before them. helps them understand where we come from. hope you have a great trip!

The Clever Pup said...

You are such a nice fellow. The night I met my man and he asked for my phone number, I gave him a cheque because my phone number and address was already printed on it. I said "hey wait" and took it back and scribbled VOID over the whole thing. He thought that was the funniest thing ever. He still has it.

Brian Miller said...

@clever pup - that could have become an expensive first date..lol. fun piece to your story.

Baino said...

You're so Romantic . . got an older brother? Bring on the man in tights photos!

Patrice said...

so sweet... makes me want to start all over again... (with a nice boy and both of us eighteen...)

Brian Miller said...

@baino - if any ever existed, i think they were accidentally burned. really it was just an arabian outfit...billowy pants and really small vest.

@patrice - you never know...

Mrsupole said...

It sounds like you all had a great time. The boys are so lucky to be able to do this with you. It also sounds like you had fun in your ballet class.

Thank you so much for sharing your day with us.