October, 1997: Needing a date for a wedding, I ask a new girl at the Barnes & Noble in Nanuet, NY - where I've been working in the stockroom since 1994 - if she'd be interested in attending with me. Seems a rash act, I'm not much of a dater and she and I had barely had a passing conversation before this. Surprisingly, she agrees. A week or so later, another co-worker suggests that maybe it would be the polite thing to do to take this girl out on a lunch date ahead of time to thank her.
10/15/00: At Nino's on Lake Tiogue in Coventry, RI, Yesenia and I exchange vows.
Today: We finished painting and cleaning up the dining room in the house we've lived in for five years.
It must be love. That habitual condition.