Ott, E is oldest of three boys in his family and this past weekend marked the 3rd and final Ott brother getting married. Let me back up and mention there have been 3 Ott weddings in 20 months. When you think about it... especially from his parents point of view....thats; 3 sets of showers, 3 sets of bachelor parties, 3 sets of tuxes, 3 sets of rehearsal dinners, 3 wedding gifts and probably 3 days after each one to recoup.
It was 600 days ago today that Ott, E and I tied the knot.
It was 376 days ago that the youngest brother got married.
And, it was just 5 days ago that the middle brother got married.
With all that being said, I love to tell people the story of how Ott, E and I met. On November 17, 2001, I was at a McDonalds on campus and a friend of mine was there talking to this guy. When I walked up she asked me, "Have you met Degler, T’s roommate Ott, E?" (Now I knew Degler, T, but I did not know his roommate and in the back of my mind I was thinking I don’t really care to meet his roommate but I should be nice and at least say hello.) As I looked over at this guy who was eating a hamburger and fries, I said hi, and when our eyes met the only thought in my head was.. this guy has great eyes. I remember I asked him what year he was in school and what his major was. I also remember he was much more interested in his burger and fries than he was in me.
Ironically, Ott, E does not remember this meeting at all. But what he does remember was the very next night I was at another friend’s party and he was there. We ended up talking and I could tell from his accent that he was from Wisconsin and we talked about how cheese curds were made. During that conversation he asked me if I had taken Biochemistry yet? I hadn’t, but really didn’t think any more about it. The holidays came and went and when Spring semester started I found myself sitting in Biochemistry class next to the guy with great eyes from Wisconsin. That entire semester I kept telling myself I have to concentrate on the professor and not “great eyes” next to me.
That summer I did graduate (and pass biochemistry) and went back home to look for a job, while Ott, E ended up getting an internship in a town only 30 minutes away. We hung out a couple of times that summer saw some movies and went to the county fair but we were just friends and when fall came he went back to school while I took a job and started working. We kept in contact through e-mail, and a couple of times (as fate would have it) I even ran into him on campus when I was down there visiting friends or my brother.
Then, Homecoming Saturday in October of 2004 (notice almost 3 years had passed) I went down to the football game and who should be sitting a couple of rows behind me but great eyes from Wisconsin. He ended up coming down and sitting next to me and we talked a lot during the game. A couple of weeks later he e-mailed me and asked me if I was coming to the last game of the season. At the time I didn’t have a ticket, and for some reason I didn’t respond to his e-mail. A day or two later a friend of my mothers offered her tickets to the game and she gave them to me. Again, not thinking much of this I e-mailed Ott, E back that yes I was coming to the game and we made arrangements so we could sit next to each other. By the time the game we had decided to start dating. That was three years and three days after the day we met. And, three years and 18 days after that he asked me to marry him. We were engaged for 294 days. And today it is exactly 600 days after our wedding. (If you were keeping track that's a grand total of 3,103 days that we have known each other.) And, I must say each and every one of those days has been a blessing!!!