Malissa and David
How We Met
David and I met four years ago. Mutual friends from his elementary school and my high school contacted each of us to see if we’d like to form a co-ed softball team together. Of course, we both said yes. We met each other through practices and games. I didn’t talk to him at first because I was shy. To me, he came across as someone who had an awesome sense of humor and could make a crowd laugh easily. Other than that, I always thought he was nice.
We also happened to be attending community college together, so we got to see each other each day in the same building. One day during spring break, I decided to ask him if he wanted to hang out. I don’t remember how I got his number, but it was worth the shot. He replied with an offer to go disc golfing. We talked about our lives, dreams, and goals together. Since we had a late game that night, we decided to grab a bite to eat at In-N-Out. We were there for three hours, talking about anything and everything. We’ve been inseparable ever since.
How He Asked
The number one thing we have in common is that we are die-hard Oregon Ducks fans! We follow several sports they compete in. Plus, we are thankful we live close to the Oregon border, making travel to Oregon accessible and easy. We make it an occasion to see a football game together at least once a year!
Last year, we had an amazing opportunity to attend the Civil War Game! The rivalry game versus the Oregon State Beavers are generally sold out very quickly, but his parents bought us tickets as a Christmas present. I was excited just about the idea of attending the game!
It was a few minutes before halftime when David told me to go to the bathroom before it got busy. I told him I didn’t need to go. Well, lo and behold, I had to go to the bathroom once we were in halftime. So we went and I waited for him, thinking I was done before him. Five minutes passed, so I texted both him and his mom asking where they were and if they were together. His mom replied, “Yes…hurry.” I thought the game was about to start again, so I hurried. it was thirty something degrees out, with a brisk breeze, and the seats at Autzen Stadium are very steep. I was running to him, his parents, and brother, waddling like a penguin. I was running out of breath when I finally reached them. Before I could catch my breath, I remember his mom and brother directing me to look at the scoreboard. Among fifty-eight thousand fans, the scoreboard said, “Malissa Pierce. Will you be my wife? Always and forever. David Fife.” I lost my breath again, hyperventilating and holding back tears as he got down on one knee. Of course, I said yes! I nearly missed the proposal! But, it was perfect and wouldn’t have it any other way. He put the ring on as Section 27 cheered for us. And, the Ducks won!