On Thursday, February 19,2009 Drew and I went on our third-first date. No that is not a typo, it is a fact. We had dated twice before and one of us had gotten cold feet on both occasions (to be fair it was me the first time and him the second) thus we had already had 2 first dates (years spanning the gap in between). This time around however, thing felt different.
Like they say, 'third times the charm'
We got back together on February 15, 2009 (the irony is not lost on us, we got back together the day AFTER valentines day... it really speaks to our character); sitting in Drews down town studio, listening to the heater kick on and off, we unpacked all of the complex emotions a young heart can hold. After an hour or so, an hour filled with silence, laughter, and tears, the conversation ended with something along the lines of, "I'm not ready to loose you so I guess...lets do this thing"... I would be the one saying that...really romantic I know.
At the time I was still living an hour away from Drew and working my life away in a salon. Drew, being the gentleman that he was, offered to come my direction for the first official date of our third go-round.
We went the classic rout- dinner and a movie. He picked me up from work and we walked to a local tapas restaurant, ate too much food, drank a little too much wine and laughed at all the 'serious' grown up couples around us. We walked to the movie theater in the freezing cold, Drew kept me warm by putting his nervous arm around my nervous shoulders. We sat through Slumdog Millionaire holding hands, with our hearts thumping in our throats... this time was different. And we both knew it.
The night dissolved into snow flakes and memory. It feels like yesterday and yet it was so long ago.
I'm not usually one for PDA but whatever, here we go- Drew, I love you, you are forever my person. Every mushy sentiment is balled up into that phrase, I could say so much more but there is no need.
Tonight we celebrate six years (SIX YEARS HOLY F&^%) with another dinner in another city, where we will eat too much and drink a little too much wine and laugh at all the 'serious' grown up couples sitting around us. It's you and me. I couldn't be happier.