Alison & Jack

April 5, 2012

The beginning...

Out Story

How we met...

Hey there! It's Jack and Alison…

We met at our mutual friend's birthday party about two years ago, and we'd like to use the opportunity to thank him for this accidental, yet earthshaking meeting! Yes, Steve – we're talking about you :-)

At the "crucial" party of Steve's, we immediately felt attracted to each other. Jack heavenly played his sax that night and I thought he was looking at me from time to time, but he also seemed to be too shy to approach me. So, I ventured to take the first step! I wanted to write my phone number on a piece of paper (yes, the old-fashioned way), but couldn't find any, so I just came up to him, holding a pen, and wrote it right on his palm. He laughed and said I was acting weird. And then… offered to walk me home. So, that's how it all started!

You might ask – do a microbiology student and a jazz musician really share any common interests? Well… Career-wise, one could say we really are different. On the other hand, doesn't music as well as biology, try to explore the world in its own, unique way? And doesn't it take talent, dedication and hard work to achieve results in both science and art? Besides, as all our friends know, we both love spending time outside, camping and trekking, listening to jazz and watching good old movies together.

Proposal!

Getting married is a very serious decision and we've been discussing it for hours before deciding to give it a try some time in the future (just kidding)! But, you know, one thing is being in love, or even living together for a while, and completely another is to officially declare your dedication and faithfulness to a person, and to be sure that she or he is THE one you want to spend your life with – in joy and sorrow. So, we both hesitated to take our relationship to the next level…

Then I thought: "I love her, so what the hell?", and decided to propose to Alison. I also wanted to do it in a creative and romantic way, so that she just wouldn't be able to say "no", but I couldn't come up with any good ideas. In the end, I did it right in her lab. (Since she said yes, I can suggest that it was a right move!) I put a ring at the bottom of the petri dish, in a small waterproof glass container, came to Alison's university and said that I wanted to show her an experiment. She looked puzzled, so I continued: "One of your jobs is to watch microorganisms grow… This is how fast my love for you is growing!" and then took the petri dish out of my pocket. She jumped and replied: "Jack, my dear, you don't know anything about biology, but you've certainly studied my heart well!"