At the beginning of my sophomore year, I attended many “Welcome Back” gatherings for different clubs around campus. At the Drama Club Picnic, I met a first-year student named James DeVoursney ‘16 who planned to major in Theatre. We talked for a few minutes and then the picnic ended. The next day, I went to the Liturgical Choir’s rehearsal and there he was. James DeVoursey, singing tenor. That pattern continued for a couple weeks – I would run into James here and there and we would always have short, friendly exchanges. I invited him to eat with me in Alliot one day and he told a joke:
“Hey, what do you get when you put ice cream in hot chocolate?”
“Nothing, it melts.”
In all seriousness, that’s when he had me. I knew I wanted to get closer to this goofy, overly-polite, adorable person, and the rest is history!
James and I have been together for four and a half years. We have performed together, attended church with the awesome Father Brian, had countless meals at our favorite table in Alliot, and we have seen each other through our graduation ceremonies and into the professional world. James is currently on tour with the Missoula Children’s Theatre based out of Montana while I am working at Rock Point School in Burlington. St. Mike’s nurtured our relationship throughout the years, making this period of long distance not so scary. We know how to support each other, laugh at each other, and talk about the hard stuff because of our sacred years in the St. Mike’s community. We owe our whole story to St. Mike’s, and it will continue to be one of the most important places in the world to us!
In the words of Buddy the Elf, “I’M IN LOVE I’M IN LOVE AND I DON’T CARE WHO KNOWS IT!”
Thanks, St. Mike’s!
– Kelly Ainsworth ’15