Nathan met Jodie twenty years ago when they were both age eleven and in the sixth grade.
Nathan says it was love at first sight and still remembers giving Jodie her first kiss, “a peck on the lips,” when they were at the school disco.
Despite their differences (Nathan was the bad boy who sat outside with the smokers and Jodie was a gymnast who hung outside science class), Nathan says he managed to charm Jodie into becoming his girlfriend when they were in Year 11.
The pair broke up soon after graduating high school, but they remained the best of friends.
It will be 11 years this September since my dad passed away.
Over time it has gotten easier, but the pain will never go away.
As I’ve gotten older, the reality of getting married and starting a family has begun to enter my mind.
Knowing my dad won’t be able to walk “his little girl” down the aisle and that my (future) children will never get to meet their ‘Poppy’ leaves me feeling heartbroken.