6 years ago today, April 22nd, 2008, I was at a performance of Hairspray on Broadway with my buddy Jenny Kanelos. It was my day off from Happy Days the Musical at the Goodspeed Opera House so I was in NYC for 36 hours. My fellow cast member, Zach Frank had told me the day before that he wanted me to meet someone. So after my viewing of Hairspray with Aaron Tveit as "Link" (so good) I headed over to Blockheads at the Worldwide Plaza to meet Zach and... someone.
Jenny and I found Zach at a table on the outdoor plaza. The place was packed because it was one of the first warm days and NYC was celebrating the end of another long winter. I was very preoccupied with CNN on my phone when I got there because it also happened to be the Pennsylvania Primary and for a political junkie like me, the Clinton/Obama primaries were a dream.
About ten minutes after arriving Zach's friend showed up. The first thing I noticed about him was his mile high hair. The highest hair I'd ever seen. His name was Gerold with an "o". I already knew a bit about him because I had stalked Zach's Myspace account (It was 2008!) for any details. He had just come back from Paris where he lived for several months taking care of his cousin's four children. We all sat, talked, and ate guacamole.
At one point I got an alert on my phone that Hillary had won the PA Primary. I announced to the table, "Clinton won." Gerold's eyes lit up and he said, "Clinton won?!" I thought, "Maybe he's a political junkie like me?!" Then he said, "Clinton Attache won a show choir competition tonight?! I didn't even know they were competing. Of course they won though, they are the top high school show choir in the nation!" Then I said... "What's show choir?" ...and he let out a loud gasp.
That moment pretty much sums up the next 6 years. Gerold and I are opposites in a lot of ways, but that has turned into our best asset because it just forced us both to grow. I know a lot more about Mariah Carey and show choir than I ever thought possible. However, in the ways that really count we are identical. We both love our family and friends more than anything else in the world. Gerold inspires me everyday to be a better son, cousin, and friend.
As I sat at that table at Blockheads and listened to Gerold tell stories about his cousins in Paris that he had just taken care of I could tell that he adored kids. He wanted a family as much as I do. I kind of fell in love with him right then and there and I had to ask him on another date. I'm glad I did, because later this year we are getting married.
Thank you Gerold for putting up with me and for loving me. These past 6 years have been the best of my life. I can't wait to marry you!!!!