how i met your father

From the first time I ever plopped down next to him on a school bus headed for the Michigan Adventure physics trip, I knew he was going to be my friend for life.

I wasn’t even in physics anymore, but had convinced the teacher to let me come along. Not because I was so interested in physics, but because it was the end of my senior year and I would rather be waving my hands above my head on the corkscrew than explicating a Keats poem.

After climbing the familiar black treaded steps, I took my first look at who was going on this trip with me.

Almost all juniors and 100% male.

I picked a familiar face and walked purposefully toward him, “Hey Curly.  Can I be your seatmate for this adventure?”

“Of course,” he smiled easily sliding over toward the window.

I sat down casually on the green vinyl seat waving off all the protests and seat invitations from the other guys.   As soon as the bus roared to life, and Huong turned around and sat down, I decided to get to know my new friend better.

“So,” I asked looking past him to the outside brick wall of our school, “do you have a girlfriend?”

The bus hadn’t even left the school parking lot and I asked the doozy question right off the bat. I had to know if this day was going to be flirty or just friendly. I am not sure what I was hoping for.

“Sort of,” he answered.

“How do you ‘sort of’ have a girlfriend?”

“She lives in Caledonia.”

“How did you meet a girl from way over there?”


Our conversation…and our future… took off as the bus lurched forward.

This week’s prompt was to write about a school trip.
This was the most important school trip of my life.
We didn’t actually date for another 10 years, but that is another post for another time.

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About Katie

Just a small town girl...wait no. That is a Journey song. Katie Sluiter is a small town girl, but she is far from living in a lonely world. She is a middle school English teacher, writer, mother, and wife. Life has thrown her a fair share of challenges, but her belief is that writing through them makes her stronger.


  1. LOVE it, Katie!! But need/want more, more, more!!!

  2. OOoooh, there is much potential for a series!

  3. Oooh, what a tease! I want to read more!

  4. The brevity of this piece in contrast to how far-reaching the implications of the story? Made me love it even more. Ahhhh so refreshing.

  5. I love every single part of this story…everytime you talk about and give us a little more “info” I fall more in love with the way you both fell in love. 🙂

    Loved it!!!!

  6. This certainly leaves us wanting more! It sounds so easy!

  7. I love that you got on a bus full of boys and asked such a loaded question. I could never have done that in high school!

    I would love to hear more of this.

  8. I often wished I had met my husband in school. Or at least known him. He says no way! He thinks I would have thought he was the biggest loser and had nothing to do with him.

    He’s probably right.

  9. Oh, I wanted this story to keep going! But I know it does….

    Wow, I would never have been brave enough to sit by him OR ask him the g-friend question right off the bat! I adore your boldness, Katie.

  10. You are the bold, brave girl I always wished I could be in high school! I love this story.

  11. How did you even have the balls to say that off the bat? I’m impressed.
    PS. Where is Caledona?

  12. What a great story!! And something that your son will love someday!

  13. I liked the whole getting on the bus and finding the right seat part best. Makes me wonder what would have happened if you two hadn’t sat together that day!

  14. Uh, you’re a tease, my friend! (Need more, please!)

  15. Best school trip ever, I’d say!

  16. There’s about a bajillion things that happen in between, though. No fair, lady!!

  17. I know this story has a wonderful ending. Will you share how you got from the bus to “I do!”, please?! I love hearing (reading) how couples met.

  18. What a blessing that you preferred roller-coasters to Keats.


  19. how romantic!

  20. Um, yes. That was ballsy. And awesome.

  21. I cannot imagine meeting my future husband in high school. The guys I like? Wrong in every way possible. That’s why I love your story!

  22. I think of all of the “friends” who I had a crush on in high school . . . some, I know now, apparently returned the crush, though high-school me absolutely could not talk to anybody in the same school.

    I really want to know how high-school me turned into now-me . . . and I would have MELTED if a field trip started out that way.

  23. Awww, love the beginning of your love story.

  24. Usually I said bold things by accident, never to really get to the point. You are my idol now. If only I could be more like that as an adult. I distinctly remember an 8th grade field trip where I drooled after a boy the whole day. He gave me small tokens of his attention. Our hands touched briefly on the bus. Once we were back he actually kissed me behind the stage while no one was looking – but sadly, I caught him kissing someone else the next day. A short lived romance.

  25. I love how confident you were!


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