I am a bit of a nerd. I can’t deny that. I’ve always loved stargazing and keeping up with meteor showers. I always knew that if I did meet someone, she would have to be equally nerdy.

Friday, August 12, 2011 I found that girl. I was the maintenance man at an apartment complex, and Abbie was a new tenant, starting her first teaching job out of college. I was in the lobby arguing about whether or not the Perseid meteor shower was visible for my friend.

Abbie came down to wash laundry, and I decided to go in and talk to her. We went through the pleasantries and I mentioned the meteor shower. She said she loves meteor showers.

When I invited her to watch it with me, she said she wasn’t sure. There were boys at one of the doors and she was scared of them. Abbie is 5’3, tiny, and very shy. I told her I would keep her safe from the scary boys and be her guard dog, just joking around.

We went out and watched the shower for a while. To this day we still keep track of who sees the most shooting stars each month. Like I said, we’re nerdy people. Anyway, we wound up back in the lobby talking until almost 2 am.

When I walked her back to her apartment that night, I knew I was in trouble. We agreed to watch it again the next night too. The next night I was nervous as can be trying to get up the nerve to knock on her door.

I’m glad I did. It has been 7 years since that night. Every year on August 11, we watch the Perseid meteor shower together at midnight. We have our own celebration of the day we became us. Most would celebrate on the evening of the 12th.

I met my dad just a week or so after that night. He asked, “you’re going to marry her aren’t you?” I told him “I probably will.”

Abbie was the first girl I dated in 3 years. After the last relationship I had been in, I knew God was going to have to break out the big guns to make me date again. I joke around and tell Abbie that He needed the whole universe to make me realize it.

It’s been a great 7 years. We have been blessed with 3 awesome kids. Our son Ricky, 5, starts kindergarten this year. Morgan, 4, was the inspiration for Morgan Goes Fishing. Bella, 2, is just amazing in too many ways.

A meteor shower means very little to most people. I look forward to Perseid every year. It marks the start of the best part of my life. Now, it’s about time to go bring in the 12th. Have a great night.