It was a decision she was at first unsure of. Her mother warned her, her father warned her, and her grandmother told her she would have to do twice the praying for forgiveness as normal. As she loaded the final boxes into her four-door and the U-haul accompanying it, it became clear that there was no turning back. The ink on her leasing agreement was still fresh and Syd Harris was moving in with her boyfriend.
“I would say it’s a pretty big deal,” said the Johnston native. “I’m the kind of girl that stayed in the dorms in college and taught Sunday school on weekends, but moving in with Tim was just in the cards.”
It wasn’t her first option…and it wasn’t his, either.
“My friends have joked that I’m officially boring. Nothing but romantic comedies and white-picket fences for me,” said Tim Rawley, stifling a laugh as he waved his girlfriend’s approaching U-haul down. “But you know, some romantic comedies aren’t as bad as they might think.”
They say two is company and three is a crowd. Tim can certainly attest to this. His previous pad was a studio apartment shared by him and his two brothers. “Don’t even ask how I got roped into living with ‘em, but money was tight. It still is. Syd made the suggestion that we try getting our own place. Just getting out of college, it’s not like we had a bunch of money to shell out to each rent our own places.”
“—And I was getting really sick of living with my parents,” Syd said, rolling her eyes as her mother placed a floral wreath on the couple’s new apartment. “Mom, I don’t need Christmas decorations in the spring,” Syd rebutted, beginning an interior decorating war with her family. (Final score: Syd: 0, Mom: 1)
Tim sorted through the cardboard keeper of some of his finest belongings in his truck. “One thing that’s kind of freeing about moving out and into a bigger place is that I can finally hang these bad boys up,” he gestured to the box’s contents: over 12 hunting trophies. “Syd’s not big on decorating, so I’m sure she won’t mind me adding a couple shelves to our living room.” (Final score: Tim: 0, Syd: 1)
The happy couple said the quick and sudden move, while irrational, is the best decision they have made so far. “We don’t always agree, but we get along great. In my two years of dating Timothy, I feel like I’ve gotten to know him better than I ever thought.”
The two are looking forward to relaxing evenings at home. No family or bunk beds, no unseasonal décor and best of all no pressure. Some people have housewarming parties or dinners to break-in their new apartments, condos or homes. At the Rawley-Harris residence? They’ll pass on the crowd, for now at least.
Turns out two is just company enough.