First SightMarch 28, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Our Love Story | 2 Comments
Tags: disability, disability and marriage, disability and relationships, love, love story, Megan Cutter
We’ve gotten a few questions about how Barton and I met & the beginning of our relationship. Indeed, for many people it seemed like overnight when I said- I’m getting married! Barton and I have different perspectives, so we’ll go back and forth to fill you in.
First off, you must know that I wasn’t looking for love, not even on my radar at that point. In 2001, I had been with a guy who ended up breaking off an engagement- there was already a date, a dress etc. After some time to trying to work things out, I had had enough. Sadly, my mother died unexpectedly a month later from a reaction to medication for Multiple Sclerosis. I spent a long time working through those two devastating losses. Mind you, I had packed up the wedding dress and tucked it away in the garage thinking I would never get married, and slowly I was learning to come back out of my shell, training in martial arts, writing again, figuring out what the next steps in my life should be.
When I traveled to Tucson on February 13, 2003 for an informal martial arts seminar, I wasn’t expecting to find love. Barton came to our friend’s house for a visit, staying only for a short time. I remember being introduced to him and thinking, how does he train in a wheelchair (anyone who has trained with Barton will tell you not to be so fooled); look at those bright blue eyes. And I just couldn’t stop looking at those blue eyes.
As quickly as we were introduced, he left. I flew back to my life in Alabama, with plans to come back to Tucson for another seminar in May.
Oh, don’t worry, there’s much more to this love story…