Ann Marie Morello of Commack recalls the day her friendship with co-worker Scott turned to love.
I met Scott in the summer of 1985 when we were working as ushers at the Westbury Music Fair.
He was 18 and lived in Jericho. I was 17 and lived in Westbury. My name was Ann Marie Juliano then. We were both college students. He went to New York Institute of Technology in Westbury and I attended Briarcliffe College in Hicksville. There was an ushers’ lounge where we’d all hang out between shows. After work, we would often go as a group to a nearby diner for something to eat.
Scott always struck up a conversation with me, asking me about what was going on in my life or wanting to know my opinion on something. I found this annoying at first, until I began to appreciate his sympathetic ear whenever I talked about my dating problems. He told me several times that I deserved to be treated with more consideration.
He also worked at his campus radio station. In October, he was given two complimentary tickets to a Bon Jovi concert at Nassau Coliseum. He came to work, handed them to me and said, “I have these free tickets. Do you want to go?” I said, “Yes. I’ll take them. Thank you.” I didn’t realize he wanted us to go together. He didn’t say anything else and just let it go; he is a very nice guy.
Then in February 1986, on Valentine’s Day, Scott unexpectedly stopped by my house. He said he ordered roses for me and wanted to see if they had arrived. I invited him inside and told him I broke up with my boyfriend. Scott immediately asked me out on a date.
The roses were never delivered, so he bought me a heart-shaped pendant with a little diamond in the center.
We continued dating and in 1991, Scott proposed to me on the boardwalk at Jones Beach, my favorite place. He originally wanted to propose at Yankee Stadium during a game — he’s a die-hard fan — but his mother talked him out of it, fearing that he might be mugged.
We were wed on Aug. 1, 1992, at St. Brigid Catholic Church in Westbury, followed by a reception at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. We went to Hawaii for our honeymoon.
Scott received his bachelor’s degree in communications and fine arts from NYIT in 1988. He is a senior vice president team leader for Sterling National Bank in Manhattan. I received a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Adelphi University in 1992 and a master’s in clinical mental health counseling from LIU Brentwood in 2015. I am a licensed mental health counselor and recovery coach for Skills Unlimited Inc. in Oakdale.
Our two sons play basketball and we spend weekends cheering them on at games.
Scott has a number of interests, including sports, photography, history, politics and cooking. I practice yoga and mix essential oils for diffusing and making lotions. Our weekly date nights are usually spent trying new types of food at various restaurants.
We recently celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Madrid and Barcelona, Spain, visiting historical sites, museums and cathedrals, including the Sagrada Familia Basilica, and sampling the Spanish cuisine.
With Virginia Dunleavy