I have known Gene for half my life. We grew up neighbors and always enjoyed having him as a good friend of mine. We both dated other people all through high school. My three year relationship ended right before my senior prom. So I was stuck without a date, begged by plenty of my friends I was talked into looking for a date that would be fun. Gene was always the guy to be around when you were looking for a laugh, so I ended up asking him and my life changed forever. Flash forward six years later and it was late morning on a Saturday. We decided to take a walk at our local Forrest preserve, little did I know our dog Dobby came from out of the woods with a sign around his neck, that simply explained “Will you marry us?” Easily, the best YES of my life. Not only did I get a great prom date, I got a great FOREVER date!