Trish’s Story: It All Started at the Statue of Liberty

One weekend, a few years after graduation, two of my out-of-state college friends came to New Jersey to visit. They were both recently married and brought along their husbands.

We decided to spend Saturday in NYC, visiting the Statue of Liberty and then having dinner and a few beers at the South Street Seaport.  I was sort of dating someone at the time and asked him if wanted to join since it seemed that everyone was coupled up!

As we were driving into the city, my friend’s husband casually mentioned that he asked his childhood friend from Connecticut to meet us at Lady Liberty.  His buddy worked in the City, lived in Brooklyn and, unlike me, apparently didn’t mind being the 7th (?) wheel.

The drive into the City took forever. Traffic was bad going through the tunnel and by the time we parked all the ladies needed to find the restroom…and fast.  But first we had to find the childhood friend.  They spotted him by the ticket booth, and the first words I ever spoke to my future husband were “Hey, do you know where the ladies room is?? Its urgent!”

It was on the ferry ride to the Statue that I realized this guy was going to be “the one” and perhaps I had made a mistake bringing along a date. We spent every weekend together for the next 15 months.  That’s when Tom proposed at the Bee and Thistle Inn in Old Lyme – but not before asking my parents if he could.

So 27 years and three kids later, I think this relationship is a keeper.


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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."


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