I suppose I should have seen it coming.
It was on a chartered bus in 2005. I was one of the chaperones escorting about 200 incoming freshmen and high school students back from a Christ In Youth “Move” discipleship retreat in Florida. A few of the students were getting cramped sitting on the seats, so they stretched out on the floor.
I happened to look down at my daughter Chloe, who was lying at my feet, and noticed she and a young man (about two seats back) named Michael Tillman were making what is scientifically called “googly eyes” at each other. Chloe was 13 and the same little girl who had told us she was never going to get married because boys were gross. The same little girl wore her favorite light blue bucket hat for three summers in a row.