Kyra Reed made the decision to return to central California in 2010 after her business collapsed in Los Angeles. Having grown up in the region, she wanted to take some time to assess her situation and work out her next steps. In August of that year, he attended his 20-year high school reunion at a country club in Salinas. “I had gone to a girls ‘school called Notre Dame that was linked to a boys’ school called Palma,” she says. “We used to do a lot of activities together, like social and sporting events. The meetings brought us together again ”.
When Kyra walked in and saw an acquaintance, she assumed the man accompanying her was her husband. “I joked that I was lucky to have such a beautiful partner, but it turned out they were just friends from school.” Although they would have attended many of the same events growing up, she had not met Bill before. “I was a goth and he was a soccer player. I hated all the sport and cheerleading stuff, so he probably hadn’t been on my radar, ”she says.
The couple spent the rest of the night chatting. “I was intrigued by her personality and strength of character. She was different from the people I had dated before, ”says Bill. She felt that he was flirting and that there was chemistry between them, but after recent heartbreak she was not interested in getting involved. “I remember asking him what he did and he told me he worked all the time. He was an older bachelor with a great job, so I assumed there must be something wrong with him. “After he got home, he flipped through his yearbook and discovered that the photos were side by side.” I have no idea how much. I missed, ”he says.
They didn’t meet again until September 2012, when a mutual friend organized a barbecue. At the time, Kyra was back in Los Angeles, but had returned to central California to visit her mother. During the barbecue, they smoked and chatted outside. “He asked me why I wasn’t married and I told him I didn’t want to have children,” she says. Bill liked his honesty. “I was really excited to spend time with her, since we hadn’t seen each one in a long time,” he says.
Kyra returned to Los Angeles and Bill texted her asking if they could be friends. They spent the next several weeks texting and chatting on the phone before she invited him to a concert in San Francisco. “He told me he was going fishing with his father and I thought, ‘God, it’s so boring.’
In October of that year, Kyra went home to visit her mother and her best friend in Santa Cruz. He asked if Bill would like to join them. “I have a hotel nearby,” says Bill. “Our first date was basically an introduction from her mother and her best friend.” The next weekend, he visited her in Venice Beach, where he met more of his girlfriends. “I think I wanted to see how he was doing with my friends and my family,” he says. “We have been together since that weekend.” Six months later, they moved in together, and in May 2017, they tied the knot in a small ceremony in a friend’s garden, before celebrating with a big party in September.
As a couple, they love to travel together and enjoy spending time with their families. They both work in the cannabis industry: “In California, you can grow and sell it legally,” says Kyra. “Bill works in a nursery where it is grown and I run a networking group for women working in the industry. Together we solve problems well and our work is a big part of our world ”.
“We are a good couple,” says Bill. “Kyra is very spontaneous and I love that she is always taking care of me.” Because they were married in their mid-40s, she says they can live their life without being swayed by ideals of what marriage should be like. “I made the right decision to wait and I would do it again,” he says. “He keeps me grounded and is the best friend I’ve ever had. Before we met, I was like a broken teacup stuck together again. It has filled all the holes. “
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George is Digismak’s reported cum editor with 13 years of experience in Journalism