I spent my whole life dreaming of going to college away from home. I worked so hard to get there and I studied and really threw myself into school, sports and jobs. In the fall of 1996, I left my house at the age of 17 and I went off. On my own, literally me against the world. I fell in love with college, every experience I had. Those four years felt like a warm blanket and I met the most amazing people who I am still connected to. They became my family and at the time, I really needed a family. When I graduated, I felt this sense of loss and a huge pit in my stomach and in my heart. It was what I had worked towards and I forgot to plan life after the age of 21. All I knew was that I wanted a dog. In June of 2000, I adopted my baby girl. Mia Lily and she filled my heart again. So this is the sweet story of how Mia brought me Cory.
It was 13 years ago and I was living in Rochester. I was suppose to go to my parent's house for the 4th but I had just adopted Mia and my dad didn't want her in his house. Instead, I went out with friends and saw you for the second time that week, this time taking more notice. It's 13 years later and I'm still noticing you. We owe this little family of ours to a furry little face and I will forever love her for bringing you to me and keeping us a strong and loving unit.