Since my first call was past curfew and I received a gentle, but firm rebuke by her mother for calling so late, I had to figure out another way to contact Anita Kelley.
Exactly 18 years ago today, I made my move.
This is the actual note I sent to Anita through a mutual friend (she's kept every single note I've ever written).
This note represents the first time I ever communicated with her in showing my interest. This is the first time I ever wrote her name.
I was waiting at home, reading my Sam Walton biography and eagerly watching the clock. I knew she got out of church at 8:00pm and around 8:15 - just the amount of time she needed to drive home - she called.
Four hours later I hung up the phone having just discovered my best friend. I've never been the same since.