The day that I first saw her. It sometimes feels as if it was yesterday. This new girl that moved into the corridor that I lived in, in a student housing flat. She was so sweet and vibrant. Youthful, but mature. Smart and beautiful. We were so young!

It didn’t take me long to fall desperately in love with her.

I had never been much of a ladies’ man, but I figured that if I would be nice to her long enough, that could work. After several months of being nice, I certainly gained a friend. I was otherwise not on her radar… I had to do something! Just before Christmas, I had gathered all my strength. I expressed my feelings to her, and as this was 2009 and I was a fool, I did this via MSN.

The result? A hard and immediate rejection. Those holidays I spent heart-broken. It is unclear to me what I did after that made her change her mind, but something did, as she completely turned around. Today marks our eleven-year anniversary. My best friend, an awesome wife, a wonderful mother, and here to stay.

I’m grateful for every day spent together with her.  

Published by Robin Heinen

Father of two | Husband | Entomologist and Ecologist | Postdoctoral Researcher @ TUM | Traveler | Coffee Addict

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