23 april 1995

six years ago today, i met chad online. i wasn’t expecting him or anyone remotely like him, and for a while i almost convinced myself he wasn’t real.


three years ago today, we tried to get married, which is to say we tried to book our wedding on 23 april 1998, but the universe conspired against us. actually, it was just the weekend of a big race – the talladega 500 – in the birmingham area, and all the hotels were booked far in advance. since we had so many people coming in from out of town, it was implausible to hold it on a thursday and in an area without lodging. so we moved the date to the ninth of may and had a wonderful wedding.

I, Halsted, take you, Chad, to be no other than yourself loving what I know of you trusting what I do not yet know with respect for your integrity and faith in your love for me through all our years and in all that life may bring us.

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