I had tried on about 32 outfits and realized I didn’t own a single pair of shoes that would be appropriate to wear on a golf course. It was a warm fall day in the middle of September, but cool enough I needed a sweater- or did I? It was windy, then it was sunny, then it was windy… Finally, I tossed on a pair of yoga pants and a plain white shirt and decided it didn’t matter. And just as I had found that one pair of ratty shoes I owned, I got a text saying you were downstairs. I walked out to see a silver jeep waiting for me and you standing outside the door waiting to open it. You were so handsome and I had butterflies.
I don’t remember what we talked about on the way to the golf course, I was thinking shit why did I give up on finding a cute outfit. But you didn’t care, not even a bit. Every time you looked at me, you had a twinkle in your eye. Then you were kind to the crazy lady that was running the pro shop and the butterflies were back. I wanted someone that would be kind to difficult people.
We had so much fun, you told me all about your life which of course took much longer than mine given all your extra years… When our date was coming to an end, it was clear that neither one of us was ready to say goodbye. You felt familiar and homey all while still being a stranger. Golf turned into dinner, which turned into the wine bar with your friends, which turned into bowling and then another bar. Which turned into both of us being too. damn. drunk and it also turned into the best decision of my life. The butterflies were back and there to stay.
When I met you, I met the perfect travel companion. Someone who hates mornings and loves staying up late more than I do. I met an animal lover and an amazing father. You’ve taught me about music and movies and more than I ever wanted to know about vehicles. You tell cheesy jokes to make me laugh and pretend not to like country music even though you always sing along. It takes a saint to put up with how often I move, buy and sell furniture knowing that I’ll just change my mind again. You work hard for our family, to provide for us without ever asking for anything in return. You give me grace when I don’t deserve it and you never hold a grudge. But most of all you’ve taught me what it feels like to truly be loved and to give love unconditionally. You are patient, kind and more than I ever could have hoped for.
We’ve come a long way in 5 short years- one house, two dogs, the cutest baby in the world and about 892 different vehicles. I won’t lie and say that I knew from the moment I laid my eyes on you that you were going to be the love of my life, but it sure didn’t take me long. And I won’t lie and say this last 5 years has all been easy, but I wouldn’t trade it for the world. You are the best thing that ever happened to me and I can’t imagine sharing my life with anyone else.