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They Crossed Paths at Howard but Caught Feelings in a Hurricane

  • October 30, 2020

Later that evening, Mr. Williams texted Mr. Oliva to ask if he was still interested in going on a date, and Mr. Oliva responded with a resounding “yes.”

“What really struck me that day was how Edward talked about family values, and how close he is with his friends,” Mr. Oliva said. ‘He’s someone who is always selfless, who is always going to give his time to family and friends.”

They arranged for a first date the following weekend at Matchbox, a local pizza shop in Washington’s Chinatown neighborhood, and there they talked about family, future goals and hurricanes past.

Mr. Oliva grew up in Belle Glade, Fla., a city that fiercely prepares for hurricanes in order to protect its agricultural fields of sugar cane and other crops. His parents immigrated from Mexico before he was born and met each other in South Florida. His father is a welder with A. Duda Sons, his mother a stay-at-home-parent.

Mr. Williams, a son of Coy Williams and Edward Williams Sr., grew up in Savannah, Ga., where the threat of a hurricane seemed to arise every few years and from where he recalled evacuating at least once for a hurricane that never struck the city. His father is a human resources manager at Vic’s on the River, a restaurant in Savannah. His mother, now retired, worked in various roles at what is now a patient registrar at Memorial Health University Hospital, the same hospital where Mr. Williams was born.

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