Alicia Armstrong-Leggio and Eric Leggio, of Long Beach, were like ships passing in the night until a friend brought them together.
Eric and I had our first date on April 22, 2009. We met a few months earlier through a mutual friend but never spent any time alone. One night we were out with friends when we exchanged phone numbers so that we could plan another group get-together.
He went out of town that weekend, and while he was away we texted back and forth. When he sent a text saying, "Let's get something to eat next week," it seemed so casual that, at first, I wasn't sure he was asking me out on a date. But I instantly knew it was really a date when he arranged to pick me up at my house. He also assumed he was going to meet my parents before we left. Not many men nowadays are that formal.
Eric took me to dinner at Hemingway's American Bar and Grill in Wantagh. We had a wonderful time and felt a connection right away. We were both 28. As we continued dating, we quickly realized that we had been living parallel lives.
We were both born in Queens, and both our families moved to Baldwin when we were young. We attended different schools but went to St. Christopher's Roman Catholic Church in Baldwin for religious education. In fact, we both made our Communion and confirmation on the same day in that church.
I went to Oceanside High School, and Eric went to Baldwin High. In our junior and senior years we both got jobs at a Halloween haunted house attraction at The Dees' Nursery in Oceanside. However, during the two seasons we worked there we never saw each other.
Later on we frequented all the same local bars and definitely had to have bumped into each other at one point or another, although we don't remember meeting.
Besides that, we both earned master's degrees in education. Eric attended Adelphi University in Garden City, and I went to the University of Delaware and Molloy College in Rockville Centre. We are now both teaching in Queens.
We are very close to our families, and we each have one sister. We also both love the beach, traveling and cooking elaborate meals.
So when Eric proposed on April 8, 2011, we knew that we were really meant to be. We were married Aug. 17, 2012, at St. Christopher's, where our paths had crossed in elementary school. We know the best is yet to come.