Lindsey and Mike
How We Met
We met on May 15, 2009 at the 30th Street Station in Philadelphia. A mutual friend had set us up and a friend and I were coming into the city by train. Mike and our mutual friend walked to meet us at the station. Mike was awkward at first, talking about the weather and what we were going to get for dinner that night. We ended up heading to the dining hall and chowing down with all of our friends (so romantic!). That night, we played a few games and headed out to a party. When we got back to his dorm afterwards, we spent most of that night talking about our ambitions and future dreams. Mike shared with me that he had a passion for medicine and wanted to be a doctor but also had major dreams of a family down the line and didn’t want to jeopardize that with a long work week. I was rambling on about my future in education and how I was living it up in my college years. Heading back on the train the next day, I was sure he would text me. I did not hear from him all day and finally I sent the follow-up text. “Had a great time this weekend, thanks for having us!” He later told me he did not want to seem too eager, and was waiting for me to text first. Little did I know then, but I had just spent the first of many weekends with the love of my life. We started officially dating on July 19, 2009. We traveled from Drexel to Pitt and vice versa to see each other almost every other weekend throughout college. We moved in together in August of 2013, and we bought our first home together in June of 2014.
How He Asked
It was a dreary, overcast day in June when Mike and I decided to take the train into Philadelphia to meet his sister, Ali, and her boyfriend for lunch at our favorite restaurant. Ali had insisted on meeting us at 30th street station and taking an uber with us from there. We got to the station and went outside where they had just added cute tables and chairs, string lights, and a large red sign with “xoxo”, made to look similar to the most popular “LOVE” sign in Center city, Philly. Mike and I were outside a bit just waiting. We took a few selfies, and laughed about how hungry we were. Finally, Ali and her boyfriend arrived. By this time, I am STARVING and waiting on my meal (some may say I was hangry?). We talked for a while when Ali tells us to take a picture of them by the “xoxo” sign. I take a photo of her and her boyfriend. She tells us to get a photo as well. Mike and I get one photo and then, my boyfriend of six years, stops two feet in front of me and gets down on one knee. I was completely in awe, shocked, dumbfounded. I put my hands up around my eyes as if I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. “Lindsey, I love you. Will you marry me?”. From meeting there in 2009 to becoming engaged there in 2016, 30th street station will always remain “our place”.