We met in 8th-grade geometry class, and after a brief disastrous attempt at a relationship and some 9th-grade awkwardness, Elianna and I were good friends through the remainder of our time at City, doing theater and even giving our valedictorian speeches together. We were regularly asked if we were a couple – even by the Grand Rapids Press photographer for the Superstar Seniors photo shoot – to our firm and embarrassed denials. We reunited romantically the summer after senior year, and finally for a third time about four years later. That time it stuck, and we’ve been married for twelve years. We’re really excited or our kiddo to begin attending Grand Rapids Montessori next fall!