Debbie and Todd met as Ph D students at Yale, pursuing degrees within the same concentration. Enrolled in the same class, they became friends after discovering they had much in common beyond their shared interest in history and medicine. They were both driven and determined, having spent much of high school and college studying with laser-sharp focus. Reason and research came naturally to Debbie and Todd. But back then, they both had yet to concur one of the most challenging pursuits known to man: romantic relationships.
Neither Debbie nor Todd had been in an official relationship before. But when Debbie realized how strongly she felt about Todd, she set out to let him know how she felt. She baked him brownies and trekked through the snow to deliver them in person. She would sit for hours by Todd's side watching basketball, a sport about which she didn’t much care. Todd didn’t realize at first that these gestures were not merely friendly, but when he did he was thrilled to know that this friendship he had started to cherish could turn into something more. Within a short time, they were a couple.
This weekend, Debbie and Todd will make official what they each knew in their heart on the campus of Yale all those years ago: that they were meant to be together. And they will be eternally grateful that their educational and professional aspirations led them to careers they love and a life made richer by one another's company.