Here’s Rachel and Tara’s story about how they met!
I met my best friend Rachel because of Hanson. We “met” on the H.net forums while planning to attend Hanson Day 2012. She was looking for people to caravan/carpool with from South Carolina and I was planning to drive from Mississippi. After talking on H.net and Facebook, we found out that we would be in Little Rock at the same time, so we decided to meet there for lunch then caravan the rest of the way to Tulsa.
The first time we met in person was at a Waffle House right off the interstate in Little Rock. Within 2 seconds of meeting, we were finishing each other’s sentences. Over the weekend, we discovered that we had much more in common than just great taste in music. Once, while trying to navigate downtown Tulsa, our friends referred to us as an “old married couple.” We have been calling each other “darling,” “honey,” and “sweetheart” ever since!
Over the next year, we stayed in touch. We both went through many changes – I went through a divorce and the company I worked for went out of business. She moved from South Carolina to Utah with her husband. We supported each other through everything. Even though we didn’t get a chance spend time together in person, we were both bound and determined to attend Hanson Day 2013. She actually ended up flying to Mississippi to drive up to Tulsa with me.
Not long after, I moved out to Utah in search of a new job and stayed with Rachel and her husband. While I was there, we went to many concerts, including 2 on the Anthem World Tour (SLC and Vegas). I’ve since moved back to Mississippi, but Rachel and I still talk to each other all the time.