Thursday, June 21, 2018
Human Interest

From sickness to health, they were made for each other

Most people meet "cute." Lipstick, cologne, high heels, smooth shave.

As for Todd and Kari, they met "sick." At lunch with friends, he was looking a little rough: sniffly, saggy, not-so-polished.

Kari liked him anyway. So much that she boldly asked for his number. He handed her a business card.

She called him. They went out, shared their first smooch and started dating all in just a couple of weeks.

Months later, Todd scored a seat at Yale University to get his master of business administration. Even though Kari was anchored in Florida by her job as national account manager for North American Communications Resource, she wanted Todd to go. Under one condition: They stay together.

For the next two years, they were completely long distance. She was just as engrossed in her career as Todd was by his studies.

"I think the key is continuing to talk not only about what's going in daily life, but talk about how you're feeling, your plans," Kari says of long-distance relationships.

He graduated in May 2010 and went into the family business — importing and manufacturing stainless steel for the food industry. He had nearly everything he wanted, except a wife. And Kari had been patiently waiting for a ring. (She admits she snooped once or twice.)

Before a trip to Europe in August 2011, Todd managed to smuggle a solitaire diamond ring into his dopp kit knowing Kari wouldn't think to peek there.

Todd woke Kari up in the Swiss Alps on an afternoon drive from France to Switzerland. They stopped at the Great St. Bernard's Pass, one of the bridges connecting the marvelous mountains. He told her how much he loved to travel with her, how special she was to him.

Then, he kneeled.

Where have you been hiding that?" was the first thing that flew out of Kari's mouth — quickly followed by "yes!"

Kari and Todd were married this month at the Sarasota Yacht Club. And five years after their first meeting, she still has his business card tucked away in her drawer.

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