WAY Overdue First Kiss
Jay and I met when we were sophomores in high school—we had both never dated anyone before, but somehow we got past the initial awkwardness and teenage insecurities and became typical high school sweethearts: permanently attached at the hip. We also decided not to kiss—yes, two dating teenagers decided voluntarily not to kiss until marriage. Miracle—isn’t it?
Four months later—horror of all horrors—Jay’s family moved four hours south to Houston. Like any good attached-at-the-hip high school sweethearts, we were absolutely devastated. With the help of Free Night & Weekend cell phone minutes (we’re talking thousands) and once-a-month-visits, we made it through and ended up going to college together.
Later on in college, we started talking about getting engaged. Coincidentally (not), we also decided that kissing each other for the first time in front of 250 people was decidedly a bad idea, and we would much prefer a proposal first kiss. We picked out a ring in September, but Jay threw me off the scent until February, when he took me out almost exactly four years after our first date. We went to a nice restaurant and went high-speed indoor go-karting in our “fancy” clothes. I was (amazingly) still oblivious to Jay’s intention the entire time, until he took me to the “Spoonholder” on the OU campus.
The “Spoonholder” is a round concrete bench built by OU students in the 1950s—the legend is that if you kiss your significant other in the Spoonholder, you will be with that person forever. Jay showed me a slideshow listing 84 completely random reasons why he loved me, ranging from “You like earthy tones” to “You will make a great mother.” Then he asked me to marry him--I said yes, and to seal the deal, we shook on it.
Just kidding! We shared our first kiss. In fact, yours truly went in for the first move!
If that Spoonholder legend holds any water, we’ll be stuck with each other for a RIDICULOUSLY long time. That’s okay, though—I kind of like him.
That's cute, good luck...
WHY WOULD YOU SHOP WITH HIM FOR A RING!? STUPID!!!!
do people really believe that young people have no values not unusual
so they already gave up the first kiss maybe these morals aren't that strong
love it! simple sweet everlasting
Love it! The way TRUE LOVE should be!
Awesome story and i was there to witness it. congrats
ya'll are awesome! best story!
What a cute couple...and so much in love.
To those disbelievers. Don't judge other people by your own standards.
you have the best story of all time! yeah!
You guys rock, 'Rissa! I'm so excited for you and Jay. It seems like such a short time ago that we were going to school together at The Highlands and you and I were hanging out at St. Ann's. I miss you guys and hopefully i'll be able to make the wedding.
What a great story!! Cute and funny :)
Very cute! Strong young couple, great example of amazing love!
So sweet! Wish you the best!
Great story! I like the fortunate turn of events!
proves that our generation isnt completely lost on morals and self control. Congratulations to Jay and Marissa!
They for shore should win!
such self control and discipline in a relationship is a great witness and will be a blessing or your marriage. God Bless to you two.
Sweet Story! Best wishes for a happy life!
I know Marissa personally, and I'm not surprised, at all. They're adorable--I'm usually pretty skeptical of "aww we waited" stories, but they're pretty legit. ^^ Good luck guys, I'm envious!
Great couple-Perfect ending!!
That's a long time with no kiss!!!
odd not to have kissed for so long but cute story
Best wishes for Marissa and Jay.
Story is ok, but a little over-dramatized. I can't imagine you even having fun in Vegas :(
Too Cute. Best wishes for a lifetime of happiness together.
4 years for a first kiss, really?
Definately not my favorite.
Love at first sight much????
Awesome story you are a strong couple
this couple I personally know! they are so cute together!!
that would drive me crazy to wait that long for a kiss but you both have real strong love. =D
So adorable :) :) I'm a fan of the ending! Hopefully you two will win :)
I am all about values and morals but not even a kiss is a little over doing it
not kissing til the proposal REALLY hard to believe
something about how fast these votes shot up is fishy...and you wont even enjoy the trip!
Super sweet story, I love it!
Great story! She should win! :)
What a incredibly sweet story! Plus...talk about self control...these 2 will without a doubt be able to handle anything...especially a marriage with that amount of patience :) !!!!
they are such a great couple!
Great will power....best of luck.
Great story. Wishing you many years of happiness.
Wants WAY Overdue First Kiss to win!
nice to know that chivalry is not dead.
So nice to see a pair of individuals so committed to one another.
What a wonderful and exceptional story! Who would believe teenagers today could abstain from kissing......I know I couldn't. Knowing this young lady very well, it's easy to believe her story. She was raised by exceptional parents with very high morals. My Daughter!
Wishing you a lifetime of happiness! :)
I love that they waited for their first kiss...very hard to find that in this day and age
It amazes me that even though our society is greatly geared toward "sex sells" that a pair of high school sweethearts can beat it all!
I am her Godmother and this story is the absolute TRUTH! I am so proud of this couple and happy beyond happy for them!!
I love it and congratulations. So proud of your convictions and hey being together for a billion years is not bad at all!
congratulations jay and marissa!
You go, girl! Get that man!
Love the go-karting tidbit!
How sweet! I'm sure that kiss (and the ring) were worth the wait!
That is so sweet! Best wishes to the both of you. :)
Amazing! I love the purity and adorable romance of your story!! God Bless!
This something really special!
OMYGOODNESS this story is sooo sweet!!!
Awwwww!! so cute!!! thats amazing!!!!
Yay Marissa! I LOVE your story :) Hope you win!
Yeah to not kissing! LOL!! Our first kiss was on our wedding day! Can't keep our hands off each other now! Congrats!
Such a fun story! Love it!
Such a wonderful Romantic story!
Pretty sad to wait that many years for a first kiss.
Amazing story! You two are so lucky to be able to get it right the first time around!
What an amazing story of a great journey together! Best wishes!
So cute! This really inspires me! :D
Seems too incredible to be true.
I love this story because it is extremely romantic and they obviously are aware that the wedding day is not the most important thing about a marriage. They are in it for the long haul!
This story should win. If not for it's "aww" factor, then because the best man (me) knew them the whole time and attest to their awesome love story and engagement story. Jay called me a few hours later to tell me about the engagement.
This is such a sweet story
Absolutely great, almost worried about the twist!
Way too cute! So I guess the Spoonholder legend does hold truth. :)
Go to vegas so you can sit in your hotel room and not drink or gamble? waste of money.
This is soooo sweet--and funny too!
What a beautiful story! Good luck!
Awesome testimony to true love and sacrifice! They'll have a great marriage!
Awwww!!! Disgustingly romantic!! :)