Sorry this Easter picture is the most recent one I have of him.
Mr. Genius has been my partner, friend and, especially lately my shoulder to cry on.
Mr. Genius is a hard worker, spiritual leader, a great friend, and... persistent.
I really mean that in the most loving way.
Because if it wasn't for his persistence we would not be together right now.
I first met Mr. Genius while in college at church, and his name wasn't Mr. Genius it was Mr. Blue Eyes. ;)
You can't really see them past his glasses but he has great blue eyes.
This was the first thing I noticed about him... and his smile. He just seemed like a genuine great guy to me.
So I made sure that I met him. We talked, we flirted, we had a great time.
Then I found out something horrible.
He was a ....are you ready for this....a freshman.. Ugh!
You see, I was a Junior...and apparently also a snob.
I do recall telling people that "I do not date younger guys."
But I didn't realize that Mr. Genius/Blue Eye main attribute was persistence and he then had his cute blue eyes set on me.
He walked up to me to ask for my phone number.
Do you know what I did?
I completely ignored him and turned my back to him to talk to someone else.
See! A snob.
Then the next week at church, he came up and tried again.
He asked me for my phone number and again I turned my back to him and started talking to someone else.
Then the next week at church. Mr. Genius/Blue eyes got a little smarter.
While I was talking to a couple of people, he asked loud enough for others to hear.
"Are you in the phonebook?"
You know that was back in the day when people actually used the phonebook.
I was stuck, people were looking at me and I just answered with a simple yes.
A couple of days later he called to ask me out.
I just thought, why not we have a good time talking together...when I am not ignoring him. So I said Yes.
Then on February 13, 1999. We went on our first day and I felt completely at home with him.
I looked past his persistence and he looked past my snobbiness.
The rest is history.
Happy Birthday honey!