an auburn love story.

Twenty years ago I was a scrawny eleven year old who had just moved down South for the first time via an indirect Maryland-Greece-California-Panama-Maryland route. Such was the life for a Navy brat.

But my Dad had recently retired from the service and had taken a job teaching high school at a small private school in Anniston, Alabama. We were finally “home”. Our family had never attended church before although I’d always felt the tug of, what I now know as, the Holy Spirit. My parents promised that when we finally settled in one place we would seek out a church. So in October of 1991 they made good on that promise and our family showed up at a teensy weensy Presbyterian church on World Communion Sunday.

As all typical eleven year old girls are wont to do, I immediately scanned the small congregation for the cutest boy in the room. And I found him. He was singing in the choir, four years my senior, and even in a burlap robe I knew he was exactly what I was looking for.

(Never underestimate the power of woman’s intuition…even in a child.)

For the next four years my eyes secretly followed that boy anytime he was in the room. But if he ever so much as glanced my direction I rolled my eyes and looked away. He was too old for me, and I knew it. He would surely never be interested in ridiculous little me so I blew him off whenever he came around. When finally he left for college I forgot about him the way you forget how to ride a bike. As in, I didn’t. But he was now states away and I was involved in a serious high school relationship. Life moved on.

When I started college at Auburn University two years later I was in a constant back and forth, on-again, off-again with a boy I’d dated for most of high school. I was frustrated and lonely and missing home. My parents had recently divorced and with my sister and I both away at school, my mom was living alone. I made the two hour drive back home to Anniston more weekends than any Freshman girl in her right mind really should. And every Sunday I found myself back in my hometown church choir.

One Sunday in mid November the mother of that cute boy from long ago leaned over and whispered to me that he would be in town soon for the Auburn-Alabama game. She really thought he’d like to see me and why didn’t I just plan to tailgate with them?

(Never underestimate the power of a woman’s intuition…especially a mother’s.)

The next weekend I heeded her advice and strolled over to the stretch of the Auburn campus that had been described to me. And sure enough he was there. Same cute smile from the choir loft six years before. Same girl who thought he’d hung the moon. But now the four year age difference seemed like nothing. And the states that separated us disappeared.

One shy hug, several emails, a slew of secret dates over Christmas, and a tearful January goodbye later (when he headed back to school) I knew something profound had just happened in my life.

Last weekend that boy and I headed back to the campus that changed both of us for the better.

But this time, we brought a souvenir.

(For those of you who have asked for our love story, there you have it. Abridged.)

heather mayberrySeptember 7, 2011 - 6:28 pm

i love a good story. this one is awesome. congrats on being led to a keeper. God is amazing!

ellen pattonSeptember 7, 2011 - 7:18 pm

Step aside, Pioneer Woman! The Cobbs have a sweet love story.

Lorena MoraSeptember 7, 2011 - 7:23 pm

I love your story. It definitely was meant to be, and you two seem perfect together.

Kathy C.September 7, 2011 - 7:28 pm

Now THAT, is an awesome Love Story!!! 🙂 Makes my heart smile!

nickiSeptember 7, 2011 - 7:34 pm

I want to see pictures of that 11 and 15 year old! 🙂

JenniferSeptember 7, 2011 - 7:41 pm

I thought earlier in the week that I wondered if you had ever blogged your love story and that I should be nosy and ask you to! Thanks for sharing with us!

TinaSeptember 7, 2011 - 7:44 pm

How sweet! Love your story!

LacySeptember 7, 2011 - 7:55 pm

Now I think that deserves a big War Eagle! Precious!

Elizabeth JSeptember 7, 2011 - 8:07 pm

Awww, Erin I teared up a little reading that beautiful story. Love Love Love it! I too had that nudge at a young age about a boy. Thanks for sharing. Auburn is a magical place, we are heading to the plains this weekend. War Eagle friend.

LaceySeptember 7, 2011 - 8:11 pm

Wonderful love story! Thank you for sharing, Erin!

Amy T.September 7, 2011 - 8:45 pm

Your story it wonderful!!! And that picture……I put in in the top 5 pigbear photos posted!!! That photo speaks a million words.

AmberSeptember 8, 2011 - 4:44 am

What a beautiful story!!

Roxanne PondsSeptember 8, 2011 - 5:47 am

First .. I triple love your blog and you photography always inspires me. love love love it. And hope to order Clean Color soon 🙂
But every time you mention Anniston, I mean to write you. I grew up in Oxford and my Mom still lives there. She taught at the high school forever. I always wonder if you and I crossed paths or had any mutual friends… Maybe, you never know! 🙂 My husband and I have lived in Atlanta for about 16 years now (save for a few months in Huntsville, AL) another little connection. 🙂
I bleed Orange and Blue too. My Dad and Brother went to AU. I went to Jacksonville State. Auburn is one of the most beautiful places on earth and one of my most favorite too. Loved your love story and wonder what church you guys went too..
Anyway, just wanted to finally write!
Hope you have a wonderful Thursday and War Eagle!!

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Becky T.September 8, 2011 - 6:21 am

What a great love story! You made my heart warm on this rainy day! Thanks. 🙂

Stephanie @ La Dolce VitaSeptember 8, 2011 - 7:32 am

That is just the sweetest thing! I love how you picked each other and how his mom helped out! I am absolutely charmed!

MelissaSeptember 8, 2011 - 7:44 am

Great story Erin!

KelliSeptember 8, 2011 - 8:11 am

Super sweet!

StephanieSeptember 8, 2011 - 10:19 am

Beautiful story Erin! Thanks for sharing with us!

anna claireSeptember 8, 2011 - 12:13 pm

A beautiful love story! That deserves a big War Eagle 🙂 My husband and I got engaged at the little chapel on College Street, the same place my dad proposed to my mom 30 years before. Auburn is a special, special place!

elizabethSeptember 8, 2011 - 1:23 pm

oh my. what a sweet, sweet story.

twebsterSeptember 8, 2011 - 4:49 pm

THIS was an amazing post to read….I *might* not tease you about your football team anymore *wink*

AllisonSeptember 8, 2011 - 6:11 pm

AWWWWWWW. I love it. Beautiful story.

MeganSeptember 9, 2011 - 8:50 am

Such a sweet, sweet story. I love stories of young love that turns into forever love, probably in part because they are just so sweet and rare, but also because Derek and I have a similar story. Thanks for sharing yours!

Emily HSeptember 9, 2011 - 9:13 am

Such a sweet story, Erin. I think I remember reading it before, but the pictures added to it makes it even more special. God is Good!!

SusieSeptember 9, 2011 - 11:27 am

Swooon!! Love it.

kristiSeptember 9, 2011 - 4:43 pm

anyone else get a little teary? How sweet is that?

JenniferSeptember 10, 2011 - 9:14 am

I’ve had a busy week and I’m late in catching up with the blog, but what a lovely, heartwarming, something to tell your grandkids kind of story. 🙂

Elizabeth C.September 13, 2011 - 12:05 pm

So, so sweet. Love it.

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