The story of Illie and Robin
Many of you already know us, some very well and others only slightly so.
Parts of our relationship are known to many of you, but very few (if any
of you) know the complete story, and we would love to share it here.
The very first time we met was at Williams College, sometime in the fall
of 1998. We were in the Lasell gym, and Robin was a tired and sweaty from
an intense, competitive badminton match. Illie had just finished enjoying
a light, easy-going badminton rally with her friends. So picture a
heavily breathing, tired Robin and a probably bored Illie meeting each
other. There weren't many turn-ons at that point. It was really not how
we got together, but it was how we first met. Fortunately that's not the
end of the story.
That January (1999), we had both signed up on a language study tour to
Taiwan. Robin was excited to brush up on his domestically-spoken
toddler-level Taiwanese, while Illie wanted to get out of that frozen
tundra wasteland called Williamstown. We finally had our first
substantial conversation. We shared about our backgrounds, language
interests, and our family histories, and there were many commonalities
that struck a chord with both of us.
After coming back to Williams, we continued our friendship in our own
nerdy fashion -- emailing. By mid-February, Robin was so enamored that he
felt ready to ask Illie out -- in his own nerdy fashion -- by emailing.
Unfortunately, Illie was not yet ready for a relationship, and Robin would
have to wait. (cue the melancholy music) Actually, Robin didn't take the
rejection too well. (cue the even sadder music) He thought that Illie
would never be interested, but he valued the friendship enough that he
still wanted to get to know Illie better.
Fast forward ten months. Skip through all the ~2500 (cumulative) emails
written and the insanely (for college, at least) early morning breakfasts.
||Robin was pretty oblivious yet had hopelessly fallen for Illie. Some
people knew though, that there was chemistry. Internally, he was
torturing himself, trying to convince himself that Illie wasn't interested
in order to maintain the friendship, but he was urged to take action. He
eventually gathered enough courage on December 2nd, 1999, and wrote a
simple letter to her expressing his emotions and thoughts. Illie was
ready now, yet hesitant, and a seemingly eternal ten hours later after
receiving that letter, she said yes. Thus began their journey together as
It's been over four years since, and we have only become closer. Despite
frequent long-distance stints, our relationship and commitment has grown
to the level where we are ready to spend the rest of our lives together.
This coming June 10th, we look forward to sharing our special day with the
friends and family we love.