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The 10 Year Walk to the Altar

Written by Brandyn Liebe

On Tuesday, September 4, 2012, Helen Kyle took a walk down the hallway of Hoyme Hall at St. Olaf College. She didn’t know it at the time, but that little walk led her to Brandyn Liebe. He was, rather unfortunately, dancing like a fool at the time. Blessedly, she looked past this first impression, and the two became instant best friends. They would walk to class together, walk to parties together, and, more often than not, they would walk together just to walk together. For many years, they dodged questions about dating from other friends or from random passersby at St. Olaf who couldn't believe the two people they saw together so constantly were "just friends". They weren't. At some point along the line, that friendship turned into a caring and strong love for each other, though neither of them were quite ready to admit this yet.

After college, their paths diverged for a little while. They remained friends, but Helen stayed in Minnesota and Brandyn went off to live in Colorado and then Australia. Occasionally, these different paths would intersect, and in those joyful phone calls and on those trips full of laughter, both Brandyn and Helen would get a glimpse of a future that was theirs to dream about and behold. It was a beautiful and enchanting future, and that was scary.

When the Covid-19 pandemic hit the world, it removed all obstacles and distances keeping them apart. Brandyn was forced back to Wisconsin and was suddenly only a four hour drive away from Helen. Once again, Brandyn and Helen would walk together, and their unwavering love returned stronger than ever. This time, Helen professed her love, and with a little aid from both a glass or two of wine and a knowing look from Helen, Brandyn finally admitted it as well (and now he won’t stop).

On December 9, 2022, while taking a walk together around Tamarack Nature Center by their house, Brandyn dropped to one knee and proposed to Helen. She hasn't stopped smiling since.

On Saturday, January 20, 2024, Helen will once again take a walk that will lead her to Brandyn. This time, Brandyn promises to save the dancing until a little bit later.