@kevjrjrart and I met on OkCupid in 2016. I'm from Vancouver, Canada, and he is from Seattle, WA. We both thought of it as a summer fling. My roots are Punjabi, and Kevin's Black American roots span Virginia, Louisiana, and Washington.
This wasn't the first interracial or even intercaste marriage for our family. What made my parents upset was Kevin didn't have a college education and was a single father.
He first introduced me to his grandparents, who raised him. I remember the first New Years' gumbo tradition with the family and his grandfather showing me all the dishes. He said, we don't have a lot of money, but we will make sure you're fed. I'll never forget that.
Kevin proposed to me in Hawaii in the summer of 2019. My dad had already stopped speaking to me when he learned of our plans to get married, but it was the toughest silent treatment imaginable upon coming back home, considering I still lived at home.