Romance rooted in childhood

Just Married

Cynthia Powell and Adam Fletcher

August 04, 2002|By Sandy Alexander | Sandy Alexander,Sun Staff

Cynthia Powell and Adam Fletcher's relationship started in 1985, when they were in the first grade at Hillcrest Elementary School near Catonsville.

"He asked me to the movies so we could 'hug and kiss,' " says Cynthia.

Their relationship went through many stages, but that initial attraction endured, and the two were married July 27 at St. John's United Church of Christ in Catonsville.

Cynthia, 22, and Adam, 23, were in classes together through the fifth grade and played together outside of school. Then, in 1990, Adam's father rejoined the military and Adam left, living in Alabama, Kentucky and other places. He and Cynthia kept in touch through the years, and during the summers, Adam returned to the area to visit his grandparents in Elkridge. He went on vacation to Myrtle Beach, S.C., several times with Cynthia and her family.

Adam spent his senior year of high school in Tennessee, but his heart was in Maryland. He visited Catonsville to take Cynthia to her 12th-grade Christmas dance and came back again for her prom.

After graduation, he moved in with his grandparents and he and Cynthia talked about their relationship.

Cynthia decided she wanted to spend time with him but also wanted to see other people. It was an arrangement that did not suit them, and after a while, Adam felt it would be best to be apart. He decided to join the military.

For several months he went through physical training and the application process and then, at the last minute, he says, "Something was saying don't do it." He hadn't spoken to Cynthia, a student at Towson University, for several months, but two days after he chose not to go into the military, he called her.

In spring of 1998, they started hanging out and, "All of the romantic feelings were still there," Cynthia says. After some discussion, they decided to date only each other and to work on being more honest with one another.

Time apart to "grow into ourselves" proved to be what was needed, Adam says. Cynthia agrees that she became "more willing to bend and work things out."

That fall, Adam and Cynthia went on a vacation to New York with her parents and other friends. They were at the top of the Empire State Building when Adam gave her a commitment ring. He says, "It was my vow to her she was the one I wanted to be with."

Adam attributes part of their success to the fact that "we don't take each other for granted." Cynthia adds that they talk about their relationship, their lives, everything. "There is nothing that we haven't covered five times."

In spring 2001, Adam asked Cynthia's parents for their blessing to propose. Cynthia's mother immediately booked Martin's West reception hall, even before Adam had officially asked Cynthia to marry him.

Then on May 4, before a church dance, Adam proposed in their church's meditation garden. It was a place where Cynthia's grandfather often took her to play as a child.

Cynthia, who studied music education in college, was too nervous to sing at the wedding, but she played a recording of herself singing "For You," by John Denver. Adam read a poem he had written for Cynthia, and they also wrote their own vows. Afterward, guests enjoyed food and dancing throughout the afternoon.

Cynthia will begin her career as a music teacher this fall at Golden Ring Middle School in Rosedale. Adam, who earned an associate degree in criminal justice from the Community College of Baltimore County, Catonsville campus, works with developmentally disabled individuals at Opportunity Build-ers Inc., a vocational program in Hanover.

Cynthia feels as though they have been acting like a married couple for a while. Now, she is looking forward to moving into their new townhouse in Arbu-tus and being together all the time.

She says, "I'm tired of saying goodbye."

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