Jennifer and Ron

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How We Met

It was the summer of 2011. All I wanted to do was lay around and binge watch episodes of the Housewives when one of my best friends convinced me to go to her sisters annual summer party. There must’ve been fifty people in that backyard, and in the beginning, Ron was not one of them. A guy named Mike was there though, very funny and very handsome. Come to find out he’s married with two kids and I thought, “Of course he is,” because he was just too great not to be! After a bit and a few…I notice the gate open and a 6’6 man in a yellow Neptunes shirt walks in. All I could think to myself was, “Ummmmm, Mike is a double!” Low and behold, Ron and Mike are identical twins. Ron and I barely spoke that night, but I did my digging the next day. Thank God for social media. Fast forward almost a year to the day after throwing some likes to each other on Facebook and Instagram, and we’d be meeting again, thanks to our mutual friends. We spent that whole night talking. The next day he asked me out for sushi, and as my mom always says, “You went on a date and never came home.” It was love and I knew my life would never be the same again because of this man.

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How He Asked

It was the Monday after I ran the Long Island Half Marathon. I woke up still exhausted from those 13 miles that my legs had carried me through the day before. I decided to wear my infamous JCrew striped dress, which at the time looked like a potato sack on me and brown Sperry boatshoes-for comfort only! For some reason though, I curled my hair. I suppose I felt as though that would make up for my comfortable, yet not professional outfit. I am an 8th Grade ELA teacher and when sixth period rolled around I could not be more ecstatic that the day was half-way through and my long anticipated nap was only three periods away. In our school we have the option to work with open doors and integrate classes, so I decided sixth period was a good time to quickly run to the bathroom. While finishing up I could hear people talking im the hallway. I assumed because it was May that it had to be the custodians getting ready to turn on the AC. As I opened the door, I became confused. Ron’s sister-in-law was in the hallway. She was holding a camera and staring back at me like a deer in headlights. I could also hear a mans voice yelling, “Mrs. Rodahan! MRS. RODAHAN!” The man was Ron. IT WAS RON! I kept asking him what he was doing in the hallway and with his quick whit said that he remembered that I told him my students wanted to meet him. As we walked into my classroom, Ron naturally took the floor. I was crying and you could hear my students gasp with excitement. I will never forget one of them saying, “Ohhh my God!” This was a surprise for them too. This was when Ron requested that all my students gather together. He gave two of them a sign to be unraveled on his cue. He began to explain, in front of about 40 students and 4 adults, how much he loved me. As my students began to unravel a sign in red lettering, “Ms. Ariel, Will You Marry Me?” Ron was on one knee, asking me the most important question of my entire life…and of course, I said “Yes!”

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