That's right. Amanda and I have been together since college and recently we celebrated the eighth year in our relationship. It's amazing to think that once upon a time I was so scared and amazed that this beautiful girl would not stop laughing at whatever I said as we walked around the SU baseball fields at night. That night is still one of the best in my life. And Amanda's laughter is still the best sound in the world to me.

Our first date was at Wildfire on the Georgetown Square. The food was great and the atmosphere was romantic. That night Amanda discovered her delight and fascination with....."compote". Our dessert that night was simply vanilla ice cream covered in raspberry compote. And Amanda was hooked. Now I can't even think of the word compote (not that I have many opportunities to use it) without smiling and thinking about her, and us, and that night.

We still go back to Wildfire every now and then (as long as they keep serving compote), and we still take walks around the baseball fields to remember our first walk. We will probably keep coming back to where it all started for years to come. I can't wait to see where it all leads...

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