|Celebrating 15 years on Cupid's Day|
|Written by Chris Lee|
Valentine’s Day was special for one local couple this year. Schad and Melissa Mayden celebrated 15 years of marriage Tuesday on the Nation’s day of love.
“You can’t go wrong with that date,” Schad said. “You better not forget your anniversary that way.”
This Holyoke couple hasn’t done things the conventional way by any means and it doesn’t bother them one bit. They have been together for 17 years and married for the last 15.
It all began a long, long time ago. Schad Mayden and Melissa Redmon were just two young kids growing up in the Holyoke school system. They were classmates beginning in second grade. In the beginning, the future lovers didn’t quite see eye to eye.
It wasn’t until junior high their individual “clicks” began to hang out. “We began to tolerate each other,” the couple laughed.
Their first official date was Oct. 7, 1994 at a homecoming game. “It was the first time he kissed me,” Melissa said. Schad and Melissa joined two other couples for a triple date that evening.
Schad and Melissa Mayden were united in marriage Friday, Feb. 14,
“We just knew that we had to be together,” Melissa said. Schad knew it too and presented Melissa with a promise ring in the fall of their senior year.
After graduating in 1996, Schad ventured to Goodland, Kan. while Melissa studied at NJC in Sterling. They saw each other nearly every weekend in Holyoke.
“We’d both been talking about it knowing that we kind of wanted to be together forever,” Schad said. So one day in the fall of 1996, Schad entered JC Penney, where Melissa was employed, and walked up to the jewelry counter.
Melissa’s coworkers asked her to head over to the counter where she ran into Schad, who kindly asked her to become his bride.
Schad knew he wanted to do the right thing so he went and asked Melissa’s father for her hand—something he noted was a little nerve racking. “Needless to say, the rest is history, because he said it’s OK,” Schad said.
The newly engaged couple was planning a wedding for Nov. 7, 1997 (7/7/97). After a few months of planning, they came to the decision to scrap the plans and head on down to the courthouse to say the I dos. Things were getting a bit overwhelming and they didn’t really have the money, so the Monday before Valentine’s Day, they decided to get it over with on Lovers Day. They knew they wanted to be married, so why wait?
They invited their parents to join them at 2:30 p.m. on the 14th and the deed was done. Their honeymoon was spent in Sterling and capped off with a Wendy’s drive-through dinner. The next day, they went to the toy show in Sterling.
“It hasn’t been easy,” Melissa said of the last 15 years. “But we have learned to communicate and I think that we both can honestly say we love each other more today than we ever have.”
“Most definitely,” Schad added. He said they keep looking toward the future. “I think the hardest part is getting through that first seven years. Somebody said that to me a long time ago—that seven-year stretch.”
Schad and Melissa Mayden have been married for 15 years and just celebrated their anniversary Tuesday, Feb. 14 on Valentine’s Day. The couple has known each other ever since the days they were walking the halls of Holyoke’s schools. —Enterprise photo
Even though they haven’t had a true wedding or honeymoon, it isn’t something they have thrown out the window. Renewing vows is something they might look forward to in the future.
They both became Christians in 2004 and would love to have a wedding in front of their friends at Church of Christ.
But right now, they are enjoying life with their two boys, Taylor, an eighth-grader and Brendan, a seventh-grader. The Mayden clan is a close-knit one. They enjoy their family time and follow the boys to numerous sporting events. The duo can be found supporting Dragons of all ages in all areas of life.
Melissa is currently the clinic manager of Family Practice of Holyoke and Schad works for the City of Holyoke.
Schad and Melissa enjoy celebrating their anniversary on Cupid’s Day. And even though they aren’t the only couple in town with the special date, they enjoy it anyway. “She gets double the anniversary stuff that way,” Schad said.
“I’d do it all over again,” Melissa said.
As of Monday, Feb. 13, Schad hadn’t told Melissa what he had in store for their anniversary. “I like to keep it a surprise,” he noted.
Holyoke Enterprise February 16, 2012