Girl and Boy and a Cricket Makes Three


As Lee and I lead up to our 10th Anniversary, I am chronicling some of the favorite memories of our years together.  You can read our love story here.

By the fall of 1999, Lee and I were an official “item.”  Although neither one of us could ever really call each other “boyfriend and girlfriend.”  It sounded silly and trivial and we’d giggle every time we said it.  We also felt very strange and junior high when we would walk and hold hands.  Because we knew that marriage was imminent, it almost felt like hand holding and labeling trivialized our relationship.

When we returned for what would be my senior year at Baylor, Lee decided to go to the K-Life Board of Directors and tell them about our relationship and his intentions for it.  Because he was on staff and I was a volunteer leader, technically we weren’t supposed to date.  I was willing to step down as a volunteer if I needed to in order to officially date Lee, but I did not have to do that.  The Board was not only supportive of Lee and I, they were excited for us.  And for that entire school year, they really poured into us as a couple.  What a blessing that was.

So we were free to move forward as an official couple, and move forward we did.  Every available moment we had, we spent together.  Because I was in my final year and it was kicking my tail academically, Lee and I spent a lot of time at Barnes and Noble – me studying, him staring dreamily at me…

Okay, not really – I think he usually prepared his K-Life talks or Bible studies, but I like to think that he was so distracted by my beauty that he got nothing done at all during that time.

For those of you who have been in Waco in the autumn, you will know that what I am about to write is no exaggeration.  Every fall, Waco experienced what can only be described as the Plague of Crickets.  Thousands upon thousands (maybe millions) of crickets would swarm the town, covering buildings, falling from the sky and altogether making my life a living hell.

I’ve told you about my unnatural fear of crickets here.  This fear stems from my years as a Baylor student.  And the fall of 1999 was the worst cricket infestation of all my years there.  You couldn’t go anywhere without seeing one or 10,000 crickets.  They were in restaurants, churches, libraries, classrooms – every-freakin’-where

One evening, as Lee and I sat in a quiet corner of B & N studying and talking, I kept a wary eye on the crickets that were crawling on the wall next to us.  It was at a particularly intense moment of conversation that I felt a tickle on my calf.  I gasped and slapped at my leg, shaking my pants around a little.  Lee laughed and called me paranoid and we moved on. 

A moment later, I felt another tickle on the back of my knee.  I yelped and shook my leg under the table.  When no cricket came tumbling out, I decided that maybe I was being a little crazy.  Until…

I felt something crawling on my thigh!

At this point I leapt to my feet in the silent but crowded book store where several people were studying and began hopping and dancing about as I stuck my hands down my pants and dug for the voyeristic little cricket.  I finally felt my hands close around it and I snatched it out of my pants and threw it across the room with a scream.

I looked around to see all eyes on me and Lee doubled over in laughter.  I gave a little smile and wave, then slowly sat back down all shaky and hot.  Lee was still laughing.  I glared at him and leaned forward.

“Lee,” I hissed.  “Did you see that?”

He snorted.

“Lee!” I was desperate for him to understand the seriousness of the situation.  I had just been viciously attacked, for crying out loud.

“That cricket was in my pants,” I stage whispered in horror.

Lee sat up and wiped his eyes, then looked straight at me.  “Well,” he said with a grin.  “Lucky cricket.”

My mouth dropped open and my face got hotter still.  Then we both started cracking up. 

And then we left…And I have had a severe Crickiphobia ever since.


  1. Too funny! You know, Dianne and I never called ourselves boyfriend and girlfriend, either. We basically went from a friendship to “knowing” we were going to get married. In fact, when we actually DECIDED to get married, we picked the date on when the organist I wanted was available…which was only three months away. Everyone assumed she was pregnant, which of course was not true. Didn’t have our first daughter for years.

    We DID always hold hands, though, and still do. We’re well on our way to being one of those “cute, older couples” you see. Well, in about 20-30 years, I guess.

  2. A super great picture! You look so young and desperate!
    And a terrible experience with crickets. Poor girl! I hate every little insect existing on Earth. And if one of them dares to touch me or be very close, my scream will scare every living being around. For the reason that there are no insects, I love winter!

  3. ahahahahaha!!!! That is such a great story!! Thanks for sharing and giving me a good laugh this morning! I don’t like crickets much either, but I’m more likely to respond how you did to spiders. I love that picture of you guys! 🙂

  4. melissa says

    whose sexy shoulder in the white dress is that in this picture?

  5. Only the sexiest bride of June 2000!!! That’s who! 🙂

  6. Kelli, I’m tickled that you are re-living these events and have invited me to go back in time with you! What sheer fun it is to outright guffaw while reading how God’s TRUE LOVE plan unfolded for your life! Great stuff!

  7. I am so enjoying these stories. Thanks for sharing

  8. Oooohhh! Ok, the cricket thing makes MUCH more sense now. You always told us about the waky Waco crickets, but you never told us one was in your PANTS! AHHH! That gave me the heebie-jeebies….ICK!

  9. Kathy Hart says

    Oh my Kelli, the cricket story takes me back to when I was about 8 yrs old and my mom, knowing that I hated any kind of bug, encouraged one to jump up my dress one night after we had just eaten dinner while visiting relatives in AR. My screams could have been heard for miles I’m sure. Thanks for sharing your great love story and funny side notes with great pics. Your making me feel old girlfriend– Gary and I are coming up on our big 25th wedding anniversary, May 18th.

  10. OH my gosh. I’m loving these stories. Between your courtship posts and Melody’s baby, I’m doing alot of “Awwww”-ing lately. 🙂

  11. Just discovered your blog via the new mom style blog you are collaborating on with Tiny Twig and others. I went to Baylor at the exact time you were there. I TOTALLY have nightmares about those crickets! I now live in California, and no one believes my stories!!
    Thanks for making me laugh tonight … I was bummed by the election!

    • Oh cool! Goodness, what did you do at Baylor? I wonder if we ran in any of the same circles. 🙂 And yes…those crickets. Ay yi yi…

      • I know, I tried to figure that out too, but I don’t recognize you or your peeps. I was an alpha chi ( sing chair for three years, omg!) and in student congress. I recently went back to good ol Texas for the first time in ten years. I went to Austin, not Waco, though. I was having Baylor roomie reunion, though, and I couldn’t believe how cool Austin is and how nostalgic I was! I am now a high school teacher and I keep telling all of my students to apply to Baylor because for some reason TCU has gotten really popular out here. Anyway, fun reading stuff from a Baylor gal!


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