Shana and Michael:
It all started last July. I was baby sitting my younger cousin Kristian while my aunt was out of town for the weekend. As it was getting late I put Kristian to bed and I began to watch TV... 
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She's From:   New Zealand
He's From:     United States

My story with Tom begins around the 20th of July 2001. 

I met Tom in a chat room that I had gone into.


When him and I first met I was talking to some others in the room so I didn't really notice him. I was talking to him and everyone else when he decided that he would whisper me. From then on him and I kept each other company in the room until about 2 hours later when he bid me farewell and went off to bed. Before signing off we exchanged our email addresses and he promised to send me an email. 

At the time I was right into talking to some of my regular online buddies so I didn't expect him to email me in fact I forgot all about him until a few days later when he emailed me. I must admit that I was pretty surprised when he emailed me but little was I to know that only a few short months down the track I would be totally and utterly in love with Tom.






I turned 21 in November and Tom turned 27 in September 2001. I love the fact that he is a little older than me because he is a lot more mature than a lot of guys my age that I personally know. I remember one of the others who submitted a story saying that maturity doesn't come with age but that it depends on the person inside. I totally agree!!! I have met 40 something year olds who act no wiser than 15 or 16 year olds. 

After that first email from Tom I sent him one back but I still hadn't felt the sparks that were about to fly soon. About two weeks after our initial meeting in the chat room I was speaking to Tom on my MSN messenger and he asked me if he could give me a call. I remember saying at the time that I thought he'd never ask but the truth of the matter is that I wasn't expecting him to call and that he had given me a bit of a jolt in asking me if we could talk on the phone. Different thoughts kept running through my head like the fact that he could've been an axe murderer or an escaped convict, but above all I was just plain curious as to why this American would want to talk to a girl from a little country near Australia. 

He rang me about 10 minutes after I gave him my phone number and for the first time I heard this beautiful voice that I would fall in love with as time went by. Tom was so gentle and soft spoken over the phone plus he had a killer accent. On that night we spoke for 5 hours. For some reason our conversation flowed even though both of us were really nervous. In fact the 5 hours didnít even seem that long. I said goodnight to him and then went online to tell my online buddies about the call. I even went so far as to tell my co-workers the next day who were really pretty amazed. 

At this point in time I wasnít looking for a relationship but I am so glad that I had met Tom now. As time went on things started to change. I think I started falling for him because of the way he spoke to me. He never once tried to hit onto me or proposition me. Even to this day he respects me as a person. He has started calling me his ďkiwi princessĒ and I am just fine with that. A couple of months after we met he started looking into airfares from his hometown in Texas to Auckland, New Zealand which is where Iím from. He didnít tell me about it until about two weeks later at the end of September. 

I know it seems that things are going really fast but I feel like Iíve known Tom forever. Tom will be flying into Auckland in January 2002 and I am eagerly anticipating his arrival. Over the past four months our relationship has really grown. We email each other a few times a day and we always talk to one another on the weekend in fact our conversations run from 5-7 hours each time we talk. The phone calls are so worth it if only to hear Tomís voice. 

Just recently we have taken it upon ourselves to talk both Saturday and Sunday because we canít get enough of talking to each other. He sent me an email just yesterday telling me how he didnít feel quite whole because I wasnít by his side and, you know what, I feel exactly the same way too. I hope that this story is the beginning of the rest of our lives. Tom told me once that he felt that he had been placed on this earth to be a good husband and father one day and hopefully I will be part of that dream. 

All I know is that I really love him and that I want things to work out between us. I guess Iíll just have to wait and see...