Ten Years of Looooove.

Here’s the deal. Ten years ago, today, Tom asked me out. I was 3 weeks away from turning 15, he was 15 1/2, and we’ve been together ever since. (I just threw in the ages because he hates being reminded that he’s older than me. Usually, I’m sweet to him, but sometimes I’m sassy like that.)

I gotta say, it’s been a decade of awesomeness. We’ve had our ups and downs, mostly ups, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything. I love that I’ve never been picked up and taken out on a date by anyone else (well…except my dad when I was little, but that’s way different). I love that I got to date my best friend. I love that we grew up together, so we just get all those little weird habits, embarrassing family members (sorry, Ben, ha), and funny stories. We have so many nicknames that we sometimes forget how they started, and we know all about each other’s “dating past” because it all occurred before the end of 9th grade when we started “going out.” (I wasn’t really allowed to date until I was 16, even though Tom could drive for 6 months before that birthday came around. Did I mention that?)

Here are 10 things (since it’s been 10 years) you might not know about us:

1. Tom used to have the nickname Tricky T, and I have been known to answer to Sizzles.

2. We got Saturday detention when we were in 10th grade for PDA at school. (oops.) Now we aren’t very big into public displays of affection. I mean, we’ll hold hands until they get hot and sweaty. And we hug in public, sometimes. But if you make out in front of us, we will make fun of you. Please don’t be that person walking around in public with your hand stuffed in your significant other’s back pocket. That’s the worst.

3. One thing we have in common but wish we didn’t: Both of us grew up without knowing our grandfathers. Tom’s mom’s dad passed away before he was born, and his dad’s dad died shorty after Tom’s first birthday. My mom’s dad died before I was born, and my dad’s dad passed when I was three.

4. With the exception of John Mayer, we’ve only been to punk rock concerts together. We’ve met MXPX and Relient K.

5. On roadtrips, we try to think of random things about ourselves that the other doesn’t know and share it.

6. We saw so many horror movies together with our friends one summer that I can’t watch them anymore, much to Tom’s dismay.

7. We used to think we would get married on May 19th, 2007 so we could keep our same anniversary date, but having different graduation dates made that impossible. I was a bridesmaid in one of my best friend’s weddings that day instead. Happy anniversary Esther and Ben!

8. I am a night owl, and Tom is an early bird. We compromise during the week, but on the weekends, I stay up a bit later sometimes and almost always sleep in later in the morning.

9. In order for us to be fully awake in the morning, Tom needs coffee, and I need a shower.

10. Although we mostly overlap in our musical preferences, Tom likes old-school country and hard rock, which I only like some of, and I like Disney music and some pop and most modern country (country that has come out in the last 18 years or so) , of which Tom appreciates very little.

To celebrate being together 10 years, Tom and I have been kind of having a “throwback” week to the last ten years. We’ve been listening to music from way back then, I had Tom play Nothing Else Matters by Metallica on his guitar for me because that was our song in high school (no, I’m not kidding), and tonight, we’re watching Remember The Titans and eating hoagies.

I know the last part of that sentence must sound weird. Here’s why we’re doing that. When we were in high school, I introduced Tom to the best place to get hoagies in Georgia, Little Phillies. It’s this tiny dive in Covington that has as much room for pool tables as for seating. They make the sandwiches and fries right behind where they take your order, so you see them making it fresh. I always got a Hot Ham n’ Cheese with mayo, no veggies, extra cheese. (Super healthy, right? Somehow I could do that and not gain weight back then.) And Tom always got a philly cheese steak with no veggies and extra cheese. Sometimes with mayo.

Right around the time I introduced him to this restaurant, Remember the Titans came out on DVD. Now, we both liked that movie, so one night when his parents had gotten the movie, we picked up Little Phillies, headed over to his parents’ house, and watched the movie while we ate. Apparently Tom REALLY loves that movie and REALLY loved his sandwich, because, I kid you not, EVERY SINGLE DATE for the next THREE MONTHS that is what he wanted to do. I finally said, “If I eat from Little Phillies again or watch that movie one more time, so help me, I will puke. We ARE going to do something else this Friday night.” ย Tom seemed surprised. I really think he had no idea how many times we had repeated that date. I didn’t watch that movie for years afterwards. Which is kind of sad, because it’s a great movie.

Anyway, at the risk of Tom relapsing into his old ways, I thought it would be funny to watch that movie and eat hoagies as our “date” on the day that we have been together for ten years.

We are also going to do one more thing. It’s kind of a time capsule. I am going to print out a picture of us from ten years ago and one from us now. Then, we are going to write letters to ourselves in ten years. We are also going to make predictions of how we think our lives will be in 10 years. We aren’t allowed to look at each other’s letters or predictions for ten years. All of this will go into something that will keep dirt, dust, water, and bugs out (probably a gladware container, ha), and it will be stored in the attic for the next ten years. Then we’ll pull it out and see whose prediction was most accurate.

We went from this:

To this:

To this:

To this:

(That’s about as close to making out in public as we’re gonna get. You’re welcome.)

(Oh, and our friend Jay took that last picture. More on that later. Again.)

What’s next?

I don’t want to wait ten years to hear some predictions. Patience is a virtue I’m still learning.ย I would love to hear what your predictions for us in 10 years will be. Feel free to be as silly or serious as you would like. I just think it would be funny to hear what y’all think will happen to our lives. So please, predict away!


21 thoughts on “Ten Years of Looooove.”

  1. First of all…I have to agree on the hands in the back pockets. They aren’t fooling anyone…they just want to grab each others butts and the hand in the back pocket somehow makes that acceptable.

    And second of all…Tom is the OCD me. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE old school country…thank God for 96.7 The Legend!

    Tell Tom that I will go see any horror film with him anytime and you and Courtney (my wife) can hang out because she refuses to watch them, too.

    1. Dude, we may have to take you up on this. Last time I saw a horror movie, I waited until she left the state, then I rented Paranormal Activity and watched it with one of my old roommates (another horror movie fan).

      1. Too bad you had to wait for her to leave the state to watch the suck-fest that was ‘Paranormal Activity.’

        Have you seen ‘Drag Me To Hell’ yet? Sam Raimi awesome-ness. It was like the dude said, “Hey losers. THIS is how you do a horror film.” All that and he secured a PG-13 rating which is unreal.

        1. I dug the movie until the very end. It ended on a weak note.

          I need to find time to watch a couple of these others. Ever since Meghan has resigned herself from them, I’ve gotten out of watching them, too.

  2. Haha this was great. I can understand Tricky T, but why Sizzle?

    Weird public makeout story for me and Naomi: on our wedding day our videographer cleared out the room after our pictures and requested us to makeout for about a half hour non-stop while he recorded it. It was incredibly awkward to say the least.

    1. It’s random. Basically, Tom and his brother, Ben, just started calling me Samuel Czech one day. None of us know why this started. lol Then it got shortened to Sammy CZ. And Model CZ if I was wearing the big sunglasses I have that you see in magazines on celebs (except mine were cheapies from Wal-Mart. ha). Then CZ was sometimes changed to Sizzles. And now it’s just Sizzles. Tom calls me that instead of “babe” or “hun” or anything like that. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  3. It’s Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time
    It’s Tricky…(How is it D?) It’s Tricky (Tricky) Tricky (Trrrrrricky)
    It’s Tricky to rock a rhyme, to rock a rhyme that’s right on time
    It’s Tricky…Tricky (Tricky) Tricky

  4. Sorry, but I can’t be down on the country thing. I dig on Johnny Cash but that’s about it.

    I’ll get in on the horror film thing too. My wife hates them too. She has no respect for my value of ‘Friday The 13th’ films (I’ve seen all of them in their awful glory). And if you guys aren’t watching ‘Evil Dead II’ then I don’t want to know you.

    Tricky, you and I have only been following each other on Twitter for a few months, so you wouldn’t have seen my Greatest Sports Movies blog entry. Take a look and check out the football entries.

    As for 10 year predictions, I’ll give you two another 2-3 years before the arrival of children so right around that time, Tom will be giving your 7 year old son his first guitar lessons and you’ll be chasing your 4 year old daughter away from your makeup case.

    1. Interestingly enough, Remember The Titans was partially filmed in our hometown. Kinda cool.

      Then again so was the television show The Dukes of Hazzard so … maybe that explains a lot. I hope not.

      Anyway, I’m starting them on guitar before seven. You can bet on that. I’m gonna be livin’ the dream with my offspring.

      Solid gold, man. Solid gold.

  5. So, 10 years from now, your son, Bobtub the 2nd, is going to walk in and say, “hey, where’s uncle Robert Lee? I thought he was supposed to be here by now.” And then you’ll say, “No, he’s not coming until around lunch. But don’t worry, he’ll be here. And then we’ll all head to the Harry Potter convention together. Have you been practicing your spells?” And then, right at that moment, your 2nd born, Tom V (who often goes by “T-five” or just “V”), will walk in and say, “expelliarmus!!” However, also at that moment, your only daughter, Rivermoonsunshine, will walk in and strike them both down with a lightsaber, and all 7 of your kids will heartily laugh.


    Sorry about that, I only got 2 hours of sleep last night, and I feel a little nutty. But for real this post made me smile. I’ll always treasure those days of youth group, Michael Frederick’s recitals, volleyball, and fun in the son. Back when you and Tom had only been dating a mere, you know, 2 or 3 years. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. And you can delete this comment if you think it’s too nuts for your blog, it was mainly for just you and tom anyway ๐Ÿ˜‰

  6. I am hoping that 10 years from now there will be at least 2 McFarlin grandchildren for me to love and spoil! I am glad that my grandson will be getting music lessons but as for the granddaughter?–I am sure that her mama will not be chasing her away from the makeup box but she and Meghan will be playing with eyeshadow and lipstick as well as painting toenails with nail polish…..whatever happens in the next 10 years, I predict that Tom and Meghan will still be madly in love and living happily ever after!

    1. I’m thinking there will be more than 2! But, thanks, mom! I agree about not chasing a girl away from the make up! =) We will have fun doing all the girly stuff. And I’m thinking Tom will teach any child with an interest to play guitar, boy or girl. I gotta agree that we’ll be in madly in love still! Thanks, Mama! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  7. I predict that in 10 years, your name will be Meghan, and his name will be Tom. You will live in a house. You will have two cars. You will like chocolate, and Tom will not be enormously fond of vegetables. You will have a REALLY COOL big sister and a niece named Ella. You will have the hottest brother-in-law in the WORLD. You will like clothes, and Tom will like computers.

    You will be weird.

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