On This Day…

On this day, on Thursday, 16 August 2012, I went to a tailgate party before the Packers game. I tend to be shy, but during this time period I worked on my shyness and talked to people I met on my travels. Jared volunteered for this one game and his energy, oh my goodness, it caught my attention and I thought, “after this game is over, I have to chat with him!”

He seemed nice and after he won that game since he got the most signatures, I went up to him and asked if he would take a picture with me. Kate, his girlfriend at the time was with him, then we got a group photos. Then other people I chatted with earlier joined in. Of course. After the photos, Jared and I started talking, exchanged Facebook information, and here we are 8 years later.

After Jared posted our story on his page, Kate and I connected on Instagram. Jared and Kate broke up six years ago, but they’re still cordial. She messaged me and said, “I’m so glad that you and Jared still talk and good friends. I live in Asbury Park now and we have to make plans to catch up some time, I would love to see you!” I agreed, so Kate and I are in touch now.

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One thought on “On This Day…”

  1. Hi, Jessica Marie!

    I am all verklempt knowing that you found lasting friendship with Jared. It started eight years ago at that Cheesehead convention 🙂 and continues to this day. I enjoyed gazing at the nostalgic pictures. As a bonus, you have reconnected with Kate, Jared’s ex, who lives in one of your favorite places, Asbury Park, and wants to get together with you.

    You have much for which to be thankful heading into a new week. I wish you a safe and happy one, dear friend JM!


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