Today is mine and Kyra's 2nd anniversary, so I thought it would only be appropriate for me to share how we met/fell in love.
A little background...
I graduated from college in May 2011, and I was not in such a great place, mentally. A former boyfriend and I had broken up a month before, and I was at a loss as to what I was going to do post-college. I moved home from Mizzou on a Saturday, and I started waiting tables at Trainwreck, a bar/restaurant in the STL area, the following Tuesday. I worked at Trainwreck full time from June 2011-April 2012; I still work there a few Saturday nights a month. They are like family to me, and I will forever be grateful for that.
On to the story...
Ok, so Trainwreck has live music Thursday-Saturday nights, and one Saturday night that I was working, Kyra's band, Killing Vegas, was playing. That's the first time I saw Kyra, but we didn't actually meet that night. I can remember exactly what he was wearing, and I remember thinking that he was really hot! I later found out that another guy in the band, one of Kyra's best friends, told him that he should talk to me. The stars definitely started aligning that night...
A couple months after I started at Trainwreck, Kyra started working in the kitchen a couple days a week. At the time, he was in sonography school full-time, so he worked multiple part-time jobs to supplement. While I don't think it was intentional, I started being scheduled the same shifts that Kyra was working.
We chatted here and there because we were working together, but nothing happened right away. I knew he was considerably older than I am, but I just felt so drawn to him.
After getting done with a shift at Trainwreck, it is not uncommon to stay and have a "shift drink." I didn't stay after every shift, but I did stay if Kyra was still on the clock or if he was hanging out after work, so I could try to talk to him more. Little did I know, he was doing the exact same thing with me.
There was one night, I was working on the patio, but I had stepped inside to do some side work. I saw Kyra walk out the front door to leave (you have to walk through the patio to leave) and didn't think much of it and went about my business. Literally a few seconds later, Kyra comes up and says, "Goodnight Tori." He came back in to say goodbye to me :)
After that, I knew I had it bad. There was just something so different about him that I was enamored with. We spent hours talking after work, getting to know each other. The more I got to know him, the more I liked him. Eventually, he asked for my number, then a little while later asked me out on a date.
The way he asked me out on our first date is a story that I cannot wait to tell our kids one day...
It was a Friday and payday, so he came to pick up his check. I was winding down my lunch shift, and we chatted a bit. He tells me he is going to see his friends' band play, and then says, "If you get a wild hair up your butt, you should join me." I think a giggled a bit, said ok, and kinda brushed it off. After he left, he texted me with, "What I meant to say was that I would like for you to hang out with me." I still like to tease him about it.
After our first few dates, we were pretty much inseparable. We instantly clicked and loved spending time with each other. Our first date was October 15th, and we became "official" on November 21st. From those first days at Trainwreck, I knew he was special. I don't think it was necessarily "love at first sight," but I knew deep down that I could see an amazing future with him. I have not looked back since!
He is the love of my life, and I feel so lucky that I found him. I have dreamt/prayed about him since I was a little girl. He treats me the way I always hoped someone would, and I love him more than I thought I could ever love someone else.
So, happy anniversary Kyra J! You are my heart and soul, and I love you to the moon and back!
Sorry for the novel, but thank you for reading!
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