I had just graduated from college and was elated about starting the next chapter of my life which was to teach at the University of Paris starting in the fall. I came home to Seattle for the summer to work and save money for Paris. My best friend from high school had also returned home for the summer, and towards the end of June she decided to throw a dinner party at her parents’ house. I was standing in the kitchen holding the beet salad I had just made when in walked this really tall, really skinny guy with the most amazing curly hair and light blue eyes I had ever seen. I was wearing a shimmery, satiny red skirt. He was wearing jeans and a big Irish wool sweater and holding a red dictionary. I remember looking up at him and awkwardly mumbled something about my beet salad. He smiled at me with those blue eyes and said he loved beets. As the night went on there were wall sits and lots of dancing and laughing, and maybe some tequila, but mostly the party fell into the background because it felt like we were the only people there.
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