Alonzo and I have differing stories about how it all began. If you let him tell the story, he'll say he reeled me in the first day we meet in March of 2010. But the truth is our love story began in June of 2010. So here is my version of our love story (the truth of it all).
A couple weeks after moving to Atlanta Tene Traylor invited me out to dinner and shared a photo of a friend she wanted to introduce me to. She said "he's a great guy and I think the two of you will hit it off". I was open and she invited him to a house party at Karen Davis's home. We spent the evening talking and getting to know one another. While I thought he was really handsome, I wasn't sure if I was ready for anything more to come of this encounter. A few weeks passed and he called to invite me out on a date. I initially hesitated because I was not quite settled in Atlanta and was still living with my cousin Deanna. He insisted and I agreed. The day of the date Alonzo gave me the prettiest, sweetest smelling peach roses I ever received in my life. We shared dinner and a movie. It was a really nice night and he was a complete gentleman. I was impressed.
For a few months we didn't have a lot of one-on-on personal contact. I needed to focus on my new job and find a place to live. However, Alonzo stayed in touch, calling periodically to see how I was doing. In June of 2010 we reconnected and began to seriously date. He was a complete romantic and more importantly respected my time and space. He allowed me to set the pace and didn't rush me into anything. This was different from anything I've ever experienced with a guy and it wasn't long before we were inseparable. Falling in love with him was one of the best experiences of my life.
The moment I knew this was a forever love was on a weekend trip we took to Savannah Georgia. We shared our visions for the future, expressed our love for one another, all while sitting on a sandy beach on Tybee Island. I was in love and so was he.
Over the next four years we really invested into each other. We experienced our ups and downs and at times wasn't sure if it was going to work. However, we made it through. We have learned a lot about who we are as people in this relationship. We each have worked hard at being our best selves. I must say through it all, we grow well together.