Matthew was a freshman at Lord Botetourt High School, and he joined the marching band to play bass guitar. Before band officially started for the year, a percussion camp was required. Matthew - technically a part of the percussion section - begrudgingly attended.
Emma was in middle school when she decided to try out for a percussion spot in the high school band. She discovered she would have to attend percussion camp. Nervous, but very excited, Emma attended.
Matthew and Emma met... And they did not fall in love. (14 years old? Ew. Cooties.)
October, 2012: We went on an overnight band trip. We were on a charter bus, and we sat next to each other and joked the whole ride. Then I pretended to fall asleep, so I could lay my head on his shoulder.
June, 2017: We went on a road trip to West Virginia. Matt was scuba diving in a beautiful river. I got to lay out in the shallow water and watch him do what he loved. Seeing his passion is something I’ll always remember.
January - February, 2017: Emma and I reconnected after losing touch post-high school. We spent two months in early 2017 calling and messaging from different colleges across Virginia (Emma a JMU Duke, and me an E&H Wasp). We finally saw each other again on February 12, 2017, and I wasn't going to leave until she agreed to date me (and fall madly in love with me).
May, 2018: I found out I had been accepted into JMU's history department for my master's. No longer would we have to drive 3 hours every weekend to see each other. I would get to move to Harrisonburg and see Emma every day.