From the autobiography of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, describing his courtship of the future Mrs. Kyle:
Taya was working as a drug rep from a pharmaceutical company when we met. Originally from Oregon, she’d gone to college in Wisconsin and moved out to the coast a couple of years before we met. My first impression was that she was beautiful, even if she looked pissed off about something. We started talking, and I also found out she was smart, and had a good sense of humor.
I sensed right away that maybe she was someone who could keep up with me. But, maybe she should tell the story. Her version sounds better than mine.
I remember the night we met; some of it at least. I wasn’t going to go out; this was all during a low spot in my life. My days were spent in a job I didn’t like. I was fairly new in town and still looking for some solid female friendships. And I was casually dating guys, with not much success. Over the years I’d had some decent relationships and a couple of bad ones with a few dates in between. I remember literally praying to God before I met Chris to just send me a nice guy. Nothing else mattered, I thought. I just prayed for someone who was inherently good and . . . nice.
Chris would go on to achieve 160 confirmed kills as a sniper during four tours in the Iraq War.