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To: Hope, Love: Kevin

Originally posted to Instagram in April 2022

It never ceases to amaze me, she never ceases to amaze me.

When returning back to Dryden, I would have never guessed that amidst the lockdowns and circumstance: that I would be able to meet someone like her.

How did it happen?

I've spent most of my time away playing hockey while she too was away pursuing her career. One that allowed her too, to explore the world.

Evenings and weekends spent together “within our bubble” allowed for the creation of what I would call THE most beautiful and organic foundation to a romantic relationship.

The building of a connection unlike any I’ve ever felt.

Conversation one night led to her asking “what are you looking for in a partner”. And my answer was a tongue twisted spewing of panicked gibberish as “someone like you” was the only truthful thing I could have said in that moment.

It wasn’t until weeks later when I was able to bring the truth forward in a conversation that went a little like this:

“Are we kidding ourselves here? What are you thinking?”

“You’re younger and friends with my brother, I can’t like you. What are you thinking?”

“You’re the older sister of my buddy, I can’t like you”.

Turns out the family knew what was unfolding before we ever acknowledged it for ourselves.

A new connection in an old place.

We’re continually growing, sharing, experiencing, and supporting.

She’s shown me love and compassion I’ve both never seen nor been open to accepting. Her perspectives continues to shift mine for the better. Our ability to exercise teamwork and collaboration has no limits. Each version of ourselves has a match to the other.

From child-like play to boardroom discussion: we’re there for it.

She’s the only person I want to hear when I’m tired of noise and we’re continually finding ways to better navigate the challenges that arise between us.

Never Us vs. eachother, and always Us vs. the problem.

She’s my rock and my guide.

“We’re a lil’ team” and I can’t wait to see what's in store for us.

I love you Hope. Grateful for you. ❤️

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