Mark and I celebrate 21 years of married life today.
The friend who acted as MC at our wedding reception was cleaning out his stuff and found the speech he made on that day about how Mark and I met. (He admits he is a hoarder.)
He very kindly typed out the whole thing and shared it on my Facebook wall!
LOVE AT FIRST TYPE
Romance made in the 90’s – email dating.
Mark and Kathy were living in the Halls of Residence. Mark in Howitt and Kathy in Roberts.
Fateful date: 4th September 1992. Time: 2 am!
People up at this time are either bored or lonely.
Both of them were in the computer rooms of their respective halls.
Kathy looked down at the user list and saw the name “Mark”. She thought to herself, “Hmm… what a nice name. I won’t mind spending the rest of my life with this guy.”
So, she tried to log on to his account. Unfortunately, he was already talking to another girl who happened to be sitting next to Kathy in the same computer room!
After several unsuccessful desperate attempts, the other girl asked her, “Kathy, are you trying to get to Mark?”
So, they changed channels so that the 3 of them could talk together. Needless to say, the other girl gave up as Kathy and Mark became so engrossed with each other. Kathy knew how to handle competition.
So, there they were talking to each other on the computer at an unearthly hour in the morning. They talked and talked and talked and two days later they realized they had to stop to catch some sleep.
No, actually, it was 8 hours later when Mark finally decided to ask her, “Will you marry me?”
No, actually, he didn’t.
This is what he asked – “Can I meet you some time? You sound simply delightful!” And he said this even before hearing Kathy’s voice. He had good imagination!
And you know what Kathy replied?
“Oh rapture! When?”
The early hours of the morning must have affected her.
Actually, it isn’t difficult to believe that Mark could have proposed to Kathy that morning. It was only 4 hours into the conversation that Mark started thinking, “This is someone I could spend the rest of my life with.”
Of course, Mark had not had any sleep the whole night.
They actually had to stop chatting at 10am because Kathy had a lecture to attend. Needless to say, she fell asleep in her lecture.
And ever since that day, you could not find Kathy awake at any of her lectures. In fact, often, you could not even find her at the lectures!
So, it was a Saturday afternoon on September 5th that Mark and Kathy actually met face to face for the first time.
Mark was immediately captivated by Kathy’s long, black, lustrous hair.
Kathy, took one look at Mark and immediately jumped in her heart and said to herself, “This is what I came to Australia for! He’s so cute!!!!”
Of course, we all know that Kathy did not go to Australia JUST to study.
Needless to say, all this time they were constantly chatting with each other on the computer.
And it was on the computer on September 25th that Mark professed for the very first time that he loved Kathy.
Now Mark, being the shy guy that he is, had to find a way of telling Kathy without actually telling her, if you know what I mean.
So, this is what he wrote to Kathy on the computer,
“I was talking to Anne-Marie tonight and she asked me whether I was in love with you and I had to answer ‘yes’.”
Of course, being the early hours of the morning again, Kathy was half-asleep and quite blur and it took her two months before it hit her that she loved him too.
After that, they saw each other almost every day.
Kathy returned to Malaysia after she completed her course. In May, last year, she returned to Australia for 10 days for her graduation.
It was during this time on the 23rd of May that Mark proposed to her.
Down on one knee, he asked her, “Would you do the honour of being my wife?”
And Kathy replied, “Let’s have a look at that ring.”
Of course not. She said, “Yes!” and the rest is history.
And that, dear readers, is how we met.