Mandee and Nicholas

How We Met

We met in middle school through a mutual friend, but never hung out until high school. He would pick me up for school everyday and I would leave school early to go home with him (since he was older and allowed to do that). I got in so much trouble for leaving early that I served a lot of detentions, which he picked me up from, too.

How He Asked

He’s in the Marines and he’s stationed in North Carolina, about 1,000 miles away from me in Chicago. We met in middle school but didn’t start dating until right after high school, and since then we’ve been doing years of long distance because of the military. When I finished my sophomore year of college and was just starting summer break, my friends and I planned a trip to the city like we do every year. Little did I know, my (then) boyfriend was in on the whole trip with my friends and had already purchased his ticket to fly out to Chicago for the day. I hadn’t seen him for months before that (except on Skype) and after my friend was done distracting me and I turned around and saw him on one knee, I just about lost it.

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