One could say they took a very long time to start dating… Laura and Joe have known each other since they were wearing diapers. Only in college did they become a tandem, but they’ve been building a universe of memories since their early childhood. And when you hang out with them just a little you get a glimpse of their solid bond. It’s the strength and ease you find in couples who’ve been together a lifetime, with the spark of young love. I left our session last week with a happy feeling, witnessing and keeping track of their growing family. Cannon is now 5, Sarah 3, and Laura & Joe are expecting baby William in July.
I asked Laura and Joe to tell me in their own words how the transition from friends to being a couple happened.
Joe: I think there was a point in our college friendship when we began measuring the people we dated against one another.
Laura: There was a conscious moment that occurred many times when I thought someone wasn’t as funny as Joe or took themselves too seriously or wasn’t as broadly interested in everything like Joe. He’s the most fascinating person I know and no one else ever lived up to that.
Laura: When we finally decided to start dating it was just the next obvious step. We already loved each other as such close friends, but we did have to learn how to date one another, be romantic, impress each other. Still, being with each other has always been the easiest part of life. We’ve faced adventure, hope, work, great loss, and profound joy as partners with the same goal of making everyday a day we are glad to spend together. And I hope our love for our children is a reflection of that.
They let me barrow a few pictures of them together, the resemblance between children to parents is striking in this first one.