Thursday, October 1, 2009

The Boy

We interrupt our usually scheduled sarcasm for this brief announcement: Three years ago this week, my life was forever altered by someone I didn’t know. Someone I thought didn’t exist. Someone I swore had died at birth.

Until I met him.

“Mom,” I announced .2 seconds after I laid eyes on the boy, “I’ve found the man I am going to marry.”

If this seems fast to you, imagine how my mother felt. In one brief second I went from spouting math equations like, “Singleness = happiness and marriage = bondage”, to asking, “Where’s the church and the white dress?”

I had no idea this story actually began nine years earlier.

He told me about it that day, on our first date. The air was chilly and crisp, the smell of fall hung thick in the sky.

“I met you once before,” he said as we walked. “Nine years ago.”

Then he said something that made me reel: “I had a crush on you.”

Wait a second. Nine years ago. Was he kidding? That would make me… 14 years old. Do you know what I looked like when I was 14?

Skinny. Scrawny. Sick. Relentless seizures. Mind-numbing medications. Barely able to put a sentence together.

He had a crush on that?

It sealed the deal in my mind.

“Will you marry me?” I asked.

Not really. Not out loud, anyway. But my heart was in awe. This boy looked beyond my skinny. My scrawny. My sick.

And he loved me. Just the way I was.

It's been three years, and I love him more every day.

Sometimes I have to pinch myself. Is it true? Is this is the man I didn’t know? The man who didn’t exist? The man I once claimed had died at birth?

I guess you can see how happy I am to be a fan of the new math. It goes something like this: Singleness = sadness and marriedness = happiness.

But only when you've found the person who loves you from the inside out. Happy meeting-day anniversary, Babe. I love you.

12 comments:

jen said...

Wow, That was an amazing story! Uh, can I ask though, you had seizures? I didn't know...

Cindy via facebook said...

Went to your blog and read the whole thing...sounds like my story almost to a tee! How refreshing to see another blissfully married couple! Happy "Anniversary" of meeting!

Faith via facebook said...

This is awesome! :)

Valeria via facebook said...

yep. that's how it is!! hooray for marriage to the right person! it's THE BEST!!!!

Jordan via facebook said...

That's my favourite piece of yours. I agree!

Andreea via facebook said...

this is such a great story. so happy for you and happy meeting day, guys :)

Joy via facebook said...

Awesome!!

Amy via facebook said...

precious! Good seeing you guys last night!

Sarah said...

This is so cute! You two seem perfect for each other! How funny he had a crush on you before you even knew he existed!

Elaina M. Avalos said...

Such a beautiful story, BJ. Really. It gives me hope. :)

banderclip said...

This is so sweet! :D I love hearing people's stories of how they met, etc.

Debra said...

I love that picture of you guys together. You're such a cute couple. <3

Deb

I know all about waiting--for the right guy, for high school to end, for my boobs to come in (two out of three ain't bad).


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