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Alisha and John engagement with girlish crush turned into every woman's dream
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Alisha and John engagement with girlish crush turned into every woman's dream


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Think of your cheesiest chick flick. You know the ones. The ones where two best friends get together after all sorts of adventure and all you can think at the end is "that would never happen in real life." Now multiply that by 10. That is the relationship I have had with John Cormier.

John and I met when we were in high school. I was a young one of 15 (almost 16) and he was barely 17. Grade 10 and Grade 12. We were both in a high school production of The Donnellys (you know, the Lucan family that gets murdered. Romantic or what?). For some reason I could never explain why I was so drawn to John, but I also couldn't tell him. He was a senior after all. For two years my girlish crush remained a secret, even through another relationship! At 17, my high school sweetheart broke my heart and John was instantly there for me to pick up the pieces. And I mean instantly...via instant messenger. A few months later, his first love shattered his confidence and I picked him back up. When I was in Grade 12 and he in university, our messenger conversations began to last into the wee hours of the morning. We talked about everything and anything, from the weather, to our hopes, to marriage and children... all before we even knew we should be together. He became my best friend and it was all I could do not to ruin that. I thought I had when I tried to kiss him and he pulled away. But he never left my side. He escorted me to a semiformal... but got back together with his ex-girlfriend one week before. Now I'm the best friend and the secret crush dying to tell him I think I love him, but I need to be supportive because that is what he needed. I almost didn't go with him to the dance, but a friend told me show him what he would be missing...and I did. Not too long after, they broke up again. Outside I was comforting, inside I was jumping for joy! After several more months of awkward moments, weird pauses, tentative handholding, John kissed me Christmas Eve. When we first said "I love you," it took three hours standing in subfreezing temperatures in a park because we were too scared the other person would not say it back. A friend always tells me I chased John until he caught me.

At 19, we were going camping together for the first time. A crazy weekend because neither of us drove. We picked a tiny campground walking distance from home. We did all the corniest things. We walked the trails, roasted marshmallows (I definately threw some at him), and even went minigolfing. Little did I know that he had a surprise in his pocket the entire time just waiting for the right moment. Of course we had discussed marriage, and every so often I would turn to him, wink and ask sweetly, "when?" Nothing more. Our first night we had been talking about marriage again and what we wanted in life, and I, being silly of course, ask "when?" He looked at me with such sad eyes, "Aw sweetie, you know I can't afford to buy you a ring. I want it to be perfect." (Remember I told you he's an actor). The weekend wore on and our last night came. We sat around our small campfire, trying to burn the last of the wood, talking about nothing really. He kept stoking the fire when all I really wanted to do was go to bed. Around 2 in the morning the conversation turned to the stars. Growing up, the first star I would see out my bedroom window at night was a part of the series of stars that looks like a crooked smile. I pointed my star out to him and told him that I used to wish on that star all the time. I was teased horribly growing up and I used to wish more than anything that someone would eventually see me for me...that I would find the man I needed in my life. John turned to me, shaking slightly (I thought he was cold), and took a deep breath, "If you could have one wish in the world, what would it be?" I laughed and told him that he knew the answer to that. "But I want to hear you say it!" I got lightheaded as I looked at him. All I could think was "oh my God, he is doing this without the ring! He finally realized I don't need it!" I answered, "To get engaged and married and start a family." He grinned. "I have a surprise for you..." John reached into his pocket and pulled out a tiny box. I swooned. I'm serious I literally swooned! I didn't think that was possible. I had to grab onto my chair to keep from falling into the fire. He opened the box and inside was the most perfect ring I had ever seen because he had picked it out for me. He knelt to the ground smiled, and somewhat breathless said, "Alisha Michelle Kocher... will you marry me?" I was dumbfounded. If you knew me, you would know that speechlessness is not something that happens to me very often. I just threw myself at him and whispered yes over and over in his ear.

Here we are, more than 4 years later and we're still engaged. Our wedding is in July...exactly 5 years to the day since we got engaged. We have patiently waited all this time for this to happen, and it's right around the corner. We made it when so many said we wouldn't because we were "too young." Am I long winded? Absolutely! But you need to know the whole story to know how long I have waited for this. I met him at 15, and now I'm 23... my girlish crush turned into every woman's dream and I want everyone to know that it can happen for anyone.
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