Just writing that title makes me feel old! It was back on September 8, 2001 that a guy named Floyd Mashek made his way into my life. We’ve been through SO MUCH together. When we met, I was just starting my junior year in high school and was a few days shy of turning 17. I know to a lot of people this seems so crazy, but I had gone through some of the crumbiest relationships at a young age that I was ready for something real. I’d been cheated on, stood up, taken advantage of, you name it. I would literally pray to God every night that he would put someone in my life that I could be with for the long haul. And then came Floyd.
Our family, Christmas time 2001
It was not easy AT ALL to convince my parents to let their 17-year-old daughter to date a 20-year-old. I was their baby, after all. But I reminded them that my mom was 18 and my dad 26 when they met. (And they were married at 19 and 26). So eventually, they agreed on the terms that our “dates” for the first few months had to be at our house. (I agreed, but they now know I snuck in a few visits at his house and elsewhere here and there too.) Floyd was SO QUIET around my family when we first started dating. My parents were fond of him, though. And they actually invited him to go along with us on a family vacation over Christmas to New Orleans. It was there that my parents really got to know the Floyd I knew, and they started falling in love with him just as I was.
Junior Prom, 2002
I was a cheerleader in high school, and my mom and Floyd spent a lot of time in the car together riding to basketball games to watch me cheer. He even came with my parents to Columbia, Mo. when our basketball teams made state finals, and I competed in district drama the same weekend. We had a lot of fun, and I became more and more confident with each passing month that we really were in this for the long haul.
Christmas Dance Senior Year, 2002
We went off to separate colleges, but both in St. Louis. We spent weekends visiting each other. And part way through my second year at college, Floyd made me the happiest woman alive and proposed. And I guess as they say, the rest is history.
Summer before heading to college, 2003
But honestly– I wouldn’t take back or change one moment of it. We’ve had a GREAT ride together. It hasn’t always been easy, and we’ve gone through a lot of changes together. (And those will just keep coming now that we’re parents-to-be!) Floyd has stood by me when I’ve cried for no reason, when I’ve lost loved ones, when I had to move away from him to take my first TV job, and all the moves that have followed. I always say that I love him so much because he’s so willing to let me follow my crazy dreams. He’s become my best friend in the world. I trust him with all my heart. And I’m excited to see what each new decade we spend together brings.
This summer at Floyd's 30th birthday party
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This post was written by kmashek on September 7, 2011