How We Met
Cameron and I met in middle school, and I’ve been crazy about him since. I was in the sixth grade, and he was in the eighth, and we both played trumpet in the middle school band. In fact, Cameron’s parents are both the band directors of the band. I looked up to him as a musician, and although we weren’t friends then, I started having a crush on him. Fast forward a few years, I dropped playing an instrument and joined Colorguard (you know, the people spinning flags and rifles with the marching band), and he continued on trumpet, so we were still always together. My sophomore year in high school (his senior year), I hit a really rough patch and was struggling to find happiness in anything. I was put on antidepressants, I was making myself physically sick, and I wanted to not only quit the band but transfer high schools, as well. Then he stepped in and a beautiful friendship formed. At the time, his dad has been diagnosed with cancer a few months earlier, and Cameron held in all his feelings towards it. I knew he needed me just as bad as I needed him. He made me feel like I had worth. He hugged me and told me that he loved me every single day. On November 1, 2013, he looked at me and said “Autumn, what would you say if I asked you to be my girlfriend?” That’s when we became the ultimate team.
He’s not left me one single time since high school, and even the bad days are still good days because I have him. After high school, he moved to college, and two years later, I moved to another university a couple of hours from him. After a few months, I decided I needed something more, and that’s when I decided I needed to join the Army to be a medic. He never questioned my decision, and never tried to alter it in any way. I left for six months for training, and he was there with me through it all.
How They Asked
Now it’s been over five years, his dad has been cancer-free for a few years, we got engaged a week ago, he graduated from college this past weekend with a music education degree, we’re going to the Bahamas to celebrate in a few days, and I’m going to be doing some traveling with the Army next year before our wedding. It’s funny how you can find one person to turn your entire life around.