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Our Wild Ride

Ten years ago I was a senior in high school. I had sworn off dating until college because the high school guys I dated were “like” so immature. I figured I didn’t have much time left and college guys would be so much more mature. (I’m rolling my eyes right now, how stupid was I?) I was having the time of my life though, senior year was so much fun. And the anticipation of what was to come was exciting.I had met Brandon our junior year when our class was punished for talking. As a punishment our teacher sat us in alphabetical order. I sat directly in front of Brandon who at his first opportunity decided to tease me. (They never change, do they?) We became fast friends as we were “kindred spirits.” He would steal (borrow) books from my locker and leave funny notes in the pages. We didn’t really become friends outside of school until that summer when he wrote me letters while I was away and talked on the phone. I soon became interested in him but the timing wasn’t right as he was chasing some other girl. And of course he always wanted girl advice from me. So I was patient.Fast forward to senior year, around new year’s he called to get more girl advice. The girl he had been seeing dumped him and he wondered what he should do. As I did a silent happy dance I gave him good (unbiased) advice telling him to move on. 😉 I then waited a good bit as I wrestled with the idea of dating him. I didn’t want to lose his friendship because it was a special bond, but at the same time I just kept thinking, “What if?” I finally decided that it was senior year and he we worth the risk. So I spent the time around his birthday and Valentine’s day trying to devise clever ways to let him know. It took writing him a blunt note so all my creative ventures were all for naught.So, ten years ago today I was standing in line at the movies with a big group of friends waiting to get in to see The Empire Strikes Back. We decided to go with a bunch of friends on our first date to make things a bit more comfortable. We had a great time together, holding hands, being silly teenagers. I remember the ride home was interesting because we had to drop a friend off first. When he got me home we did the uncomfortable, awkward first date thing. I knew he was a keeper that first date despite the awkwardness. And he must have thought the same thing because he decided to stick around.We have had a wild ride in these past ten years. We finished high school together. We spent the first year of college apart, I joined him a year later. I finished college first and moved away. He proposed just before he graduated a year later. The economy was not so good and job hunting was a real challenge but we decided to not put off getting married. Our first year of marriage was the biggest challenge I have ever faced but we made it through even stronger than before. We have been tested in the “sickness” vow of our marriage. We have laughed and we have cried. And through it all we have had a blast.These ten years have been such a blessing. To be able to grow and change together has been so much fun. I am truly grateful and blessed to have a wonderful husband like Brandon in my life. It is so much fun to be married to my best friend. He takes care of me the countless times I don’t feel well and when I am feeling down. He puts up with my sometimes incessant chatter. He truly loves me for who I am. Even though I’m not perfect, he treats me as if I were. Thank you for these 10 years Brandon, I love you and I look forward to 10 times 10 more.

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