“And all along I believed I would find you
Time has brought your heart to me
I have loved you for a thousand years
I'll love you for a thousand more”
(A Thousand Years by Christina Perri)
(A Thousand Years by Christina Perri)
(continuing from last time...)
And then I saw him.
Our eyes locked and time stood still.
His handsome face, his friendly smile, his kind eyes – it was just as I’d hoped and dreamed and imagined. It was like meeting up with a best friend that I had lost touch with; his presence was familiar and comforting and soul-soothing. There were a thousand things I wanted to say, to catch up, to fill him in on everything that he had missed. It felt as if we were just continuing from where we left off, that our souls had been separated for the longest time and finally reuniting. Finally coming home.
It should have seemed crazy and irrational and surreal and even frightening. But it didn’t. It felt right. Wonderful. Safe. I was lost in the warmth of his beautiful eyes where I could see everything I’d ever needed and everything I’d ever wanted. I knew right then and there that this was the end of a solitary journey that had included fear and betrayal and pain and many tears. And the beginning of forever. A forever that would be filled with joy and trust and laughter and love. Every breath, every step had brought me to this very moment. To this very man.
The spell was finally broken when we started laughing as we each waved in the air an unexpected and thoughtful gift we’d brought for the other. His gift to me was a bag of my favourite candy that I’d mentioned to him I treat myself to at the end of the most stressful and exhausting days. And my gift to him was a Calvin and Hobbes book because he’d mentioned on the phone and even written in an email how much he enjoyed the cartoons “Calvin? Ahh! Sheer genius. Now there’s a kid whose thought processes I can relate to. I can never finish one of those books without ending up rolling on the floor in tears.”
And the date that started around 4 PM and should have been short and sweet, or as he’d put it in an email “Nothing stressful, just for a coffee or something”, lasted until 1:00 in the morning. It was the most amazing day I’d ever had. Heartwarming. Uplifting. Magical. And it could easily have gone on forever.
"The first time, ever I saw your face
I thought the sun rose in your eyes"
At midnight, we finally got to that cup of coffee and spent the next hour talking about anything and everything. And as I sat listening to him, dizzy, my mind hazy, all I could think about was how easy it was being with him. And how much I wanted to kiss him. So when he drove me home that night, I did just that. When he stopped in front of my house, I leaned over to give him a quick kiss and when our lips met I felt electricity run through me. Our eyes locked once more, I wished him good night and stepped out of the car. He waited until I was safely inside, and as I waved good-bye, my very spirit soared with happiness.
The next morning I woke up to an email titled “Blown Away” that he’d sent after he’d gotten home, which included:
“Just wanted to take a minute to thank you for a wonderful evening. You're an absolutely awesome woman... I thoroughly enjoyed your company and wish the night could have gone on forever. I'd also like to thank you for the two great gifts. The first I will chuckle at in a few minutes and the second I will dream about the rest of the night...”
The next day we did it all over again that included yet another heartwarming email from him:
“I just had to say good night one more time. I just had to thank you for the pleasure of your company one more time. And I just had to tell you (one more time) that you're the most amazing woman I've ever met.”
And 13 years later, our love story is still going strong. Not a day goes by that I don’t wake up grateful for this incredible man who is kind and gentle and generous and patient and loving. A man who has not only been good to me but also good for me. Not a day goes by that I don’t wake up grateful for this incredible life we share. This amazing journey we are on. A happily ever after that I dreamed about every day of my life until our paths crossed.
Our happily ever after.
(Please come back this upcoming Friday, June 26, for the final post of this series. I will share a few thoughts and something special I’ve put together) - click here
And if you've never heard this song, take a moment to listen to it. It'll hug your heart.
Have a beautiful day, everyone.