March 7

How We Met and Our Unconventional Anniversary

Mr. Rooster proposed on a lovely day in May, on our fourth dating anniversary. Or at least, that’s what we tell people.

The truth is, the day we actually decided to make our relationship official back in 2009? It was sometime in July. We decided we liked being each other’s someone in my studio apartment before heading out on a quasi-date to a Corey Smith concert; a concert after which I drunkenly said “I love you” for the first time. Yeah, I guess we moved fast.


This is us at the concert, two beers from “I love you.”

So why do we celebrate our anniversary in May? Because we’d rather not tell people that it’s not an anniversary… it’s a bonerversary. Real talk. We started counting from the first day that we… you know.


Roo and I met at work at a University. I was answering calls in the admissions department when he was invited to become an admissions advisor. Thanks to the most friendly and outgoing mutual work friend ever, we began hanging out outside of office hours. I don’t need to tell you whole the “work couple” story…. We hung out in groups. We flirted. We started hanging out by ourselves. A lot. We denied to everyone that anything was happening between us. Then one night we… you know.


Our relationship was happening behind the scenes, but because we worked together, we didn’t rush to make it official. By the time we did make it official after that night in July, it didn’t feel right to say it was our anniversary. I mean, we’d really been together-together since… you know.


So we decided our real benchmark should be that day in May. A “bonerversary” was born! Of course, we’ve only called it that privately. Oh, and with all of you strangers on the internet. Oops.

I have a feeling we’re not the only ones whose bonerversary comes before their anniversary. Spill it!

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