There's no way to make this sound romantic, so I'll just say it: We met on Facebook. Josh had just transfered to the University of Maryland and Molly was beginning her first year there. On September 23, 2005, after talking online for a few weeks, they met in the student union at the art gallery where Josh worked. He had long hair and was wearing a t-shirt featuring a picture of an air conditioner. Molly arrived late, hair still wet from a rushed shower, after getting into a minor bicycle accident with her friend Kristie. After viewing Post-it note art in the gallery, Josh suggested a movie in D.C. They sprinted to the bus stop just in time and got off at the metro station. On the ride there, Josh and Molly were equally awkward, immediately launching into a rambling discussion involving time travel, the south of France, and the phrase "this is how we do." They saw the movie Broken Flowers and stopped in a hole-in-the-wall Chinese restaurant, complete with mice, before returning home. A few months later, on a snowy December night, Josh would appear outside Molly's dorm building in shorts and flip-flops to pronounce his love. Despite their strange but certain chemistry, it wasn't until almost two years later that Molly really took him seriously. They seemed to pick up right where they left off on their goofy adventure, but this time with a much more serious mission. Within no time, they were planning their move to San Diego and arguing over whether to get square or circular plates for their new apartment.
It was New Year's Eve. Josh and Molly trekked through the perilous snows of Germantown, Maryland to find the perfect birch tree. Josh spent quite some time cutting strips of bark from the tree with his trusty kitchen knife and fashioned a ring using these seemingly simple instructions: www.touchwoodrings.com/333444555.jpg. Years earlier, they had read about a Finnish tradition of proposing with a birch bark ring, and the idea seemed to stick. Josh proposed at midnight and Molly said YES. A few days later, they visited Savage Mill, where they had spent much time exploring the river and abandoned mill in the early days of their relationship. They went into one of the adjacent antique stores to find a ring that could be worn daily. They looked through the whole store, but eventually came back to the first ring they saw. Josh knew it was the best one from the start, but Molly needed more time to be sure. In the end, they both knew they made the right decision. ;)
Molly & Josh are back on the east coast! Molly just got a job as a speech therapist at a hospital in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania, so they loaded up a U-Haul and made the 4-day drive back east.