Friday, October 24, 2008

U is for University

I'm a graduate of Texas A&I University, now known as Texas A&M of Kingsville.


John and I met on this campus. We both began our freshman year in 1978. He was an engineering major; I was a business major. He lived off campus; I lived on campus. So even though our university was small, I guess it's not surprising that we didn't meet until the spring semester of our junior year.

We were both enrolled in a course called The Philosophy of Logic taught by Dr. Davidson. This class was not required by any major on campus. It was an elective course and we were probably lucky it made the cut that year. It was a small class, maybe a dozen students, and very informal. On the first day of class Dr. Davidson had us arrange our chairs in a circle and say a little something about ourselves by way of introduction.

John caught my eye that day, even though I already had a boyfriend. I remember him saying he was originally from Vermont, worked as a night dispatcher and was in a fraternity.

John 1981

Later that semester my boyfriend and I broke up. It turned out to be a good thing, because I was then free to get to know John better. At the end of the semester he asked me out for the first time. And the rest, as they say, is history. It was not all smooth sailing, but it did end in happily ever after. We were married in 1984 and in May will celebrate 25 years of marriage.

This post would not be complete without a picture of me from my university days. I only wish I could have found a more flattering one. I'm front row, middle, in the white jacket.

Tracy 1982

19 comments:

  1. Such a sweet story...and wonderful to see the photos! Aaahhh...nothing like a romanctic story to stir the heart...Thanks so much for sharing! :o) Oh, and love the finished socks for John--they turned out great! Happy weekend to you & yours ((HUGS))

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  2. Awwwww! Someday maybe I will post our story! We've got you by one year. Happily ever after needs to include some "down" times so that we appreciate the "up" times. Have a great weekend! Fishing?

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  3. Cute! And I loved reading the story of how you met! I met my husband in college, too, in my last (and his next-to-last) quarter before graduation. It was an American history class and it was 1981. And we married 14 months later.

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  4. College is a magical place and time. I wish I could go back and experience it all over again.

    Congratulations on finding your true love during your college years and congratulations on 25 years of marriage.

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  5. What a great use of the letter U. And I love hearing about you and your sweetheart. John looks a little like Leonardo DiCaprio in that picture. Handsome.

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  6. I love hearing stories about how people met! Early congrats on your milestone anniversary!

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  7. Traci, congratulations on your 25 year anniversary!It truly is a sweet love story. I agree, your beloved does look a little like Leonardo DiCaprio in that picture.

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  8. What a fun post! Congratulations, Tracy and John!

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  9. Very nice pictures and a great story. :)

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  10. I loved reading this post and seeing the pictures!!
    (we met at university too, brings back memories!)
    Thanks for sharing!

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  11. Thank you for sharing. It is nice to hear about the down to earth love stories. Happy Ever after never fails to warm the heart. :)

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  12. Thank you for sharing. It is nice to hear about the down to earth love stories. Happy Ever after never fails to warm the heart. :)

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  13. What a great post! I am a sucker for a love story, and your's was a very sweet one. I can see how John caught your eye, with those movie star good looks, hubba hubba! ;-Þ

    Isn't it neat the way you ended up as mates? It seems like such happenstance at the time, but I think God's hand was in the picture. :-)

    Oh, and I disagree with you; that is a flattering picture of you. You look lovely! :-)

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  14. Awww - what a great story. *HUGS*

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  15. Your story was heart warming. It is good to read positive accounts of peoples lives, they enrich us all. Thank you for sharing.

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  16. How wonderful that you'll be celebrating your 25th aniversary this year! Congratulations!

    (Philosophy of Logic sounds interesting. I took a math class called Symbolic Logic and the very thought of it makes my head hurt :)

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  17. What a lovely story! Hope U do something really special to celebrate 25 years:~D They go by fast don't they.

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  18. Congratulations on 25 years of marriage! I love the school pictures. Such fun.

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  19. What a great story and accomplishment. Thanks for sharing. I think you look wonderful in that picture. I had that same hair.

    I am right behind you, I married in 1989, so it will be 20 years next summer. It's hard to believe.

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~Tracy