Like any good story, this one begins once upon a time. (1987 to be exact.)
Lauren McCay Ritchie was born on April 11, 1987. Jonathan William Cutrell was born on December 29, 1988.
Lauren and Jonathan had remarkably similar lives in their early years. Each of their dads were in the Air Force, each of their moms were teachers, and each of them had an older sister.
While Jonathan was riding bikes and throwing footballs, Lauren was also doing boyish things, like playing with Ninja Turtles (which Jonathan thought was pronounced Ninjan Turtles).
Lauren graduated high school two years before Jonathan, and this is where things get (a little more) interesting. Both Lauren and Jonathan had their hearts set on attending Lee University.
Lauren got accepted and moved off to Tennessee in 2005. During Lauren's Sophomore year at Lee, Jonathan received a letter of acceptance from the very same university. You may think they were BOUND to meet come Fall Semester 2007... but alas, a twist! Missing her first likely opportunity to meet the man of her dreams, Lauren decided to leave and transfer to a school in Georgia, just as Jonathan was set to arrive.
Lauren transferred to Kennesaw State and moved to downtown Atlanta. Time passed. Lauren graduated. Jonathan graduated. Lauren stayed put in Atlanta, landing a full-time job as a designer in the big city.
She found the job, of all places, on Craigslist. (Spoiler: Missed Connections is NOT how Lauren and Jonathan met.)
Jonathan set out to obtain a masters degree. He applied to places all over the country - you probably know by now that he decided to become a Yellow Jacket (and, therefore, move to Atlanta).
Lauren and Jonathan paths nearly crossed numerous times throughout the years.
First at Lee - they had a plethora of mutual friends, and yet managed to missed each other by a hair.
Next in Atlanta - they drank coffee at the same coffee shops, ate at the same restaurants, even hung out with the same people, and went to the same concerts... of course, on opposite sides of the room. They even became friends on Facebook (considering all of their mutual friends), yet still didn’t connect.
In January, following a string of events involving a red light, the police, a train, and a missed court date, Jonathan wrote on Lauren's Facebook timeline.
Lauren recalled a message Jonathan had sent a few months before, remembered that she was impressed by the wit and composition, and decided to strike up a conversation with Jonathan.
The two immediately decided that it was finally time to (intentionally) cross paths, at the same place, at the same time. Good decision.
The relationship bloomed immediately... and they have seen each other happily ever[y day] after.