Monday, September 1, 2008

1. in the beginning

A little more than a year ago, I had a boyfriend. For a very long time.
We'd been together since school and had spent more than ten years together.
He didn't always treat me with all the respect and affection I needed.
I'd cheated on him more than once.
We weren't in love anymore.
We were trying to keep it together.
(Why?)
We went for counselling.
I was needy and sad and sorry and he was cold and sad and untrusting. We lived very separate lives.

In my separate life I was happy and successful and had plenty of fabulous, interesting friends to do all kinds of fabulous, fun things with. One day at the end of summer, I met a Fashionista friend for sunset drinks at a beautiful hotel bar on the oceanfront. Fashionista brought another friend. An intelligent, optimistic, generous, charming, laughing, tall, beautiful boy.

I really liked this boy. But he lived far away and was only visiting on holidays. I was relieved to hear this. I wouldn't have to think about this beautiful boy or get to know him better or wonder what it would be like to have a boyfriend who is such a beautiful boy...

A month later, the naughty Beautiful Boy was in my hometown again. At Fashionista's birthday party, which I was attending with my boyfriend. Beautiful Boy was still laughing, still beautiful. I giggled with a single Careergirl friend about how cute he was and told her to pursue him. Then I spent the next couple of hours thinking about him and getting to know him a bit and almost wondering what it would be like...

Later in the evening he played a DVD of him skydiving. I stood in a small crowd, watching the visuals while the party music kept playing out loud. There he was on the screen: smiling nervously, looking vulnerable, acting brave, jumping, screaming, falling, laughing, laughing, laughing all the way.

By the end of it, I was in love.

9 comments:

Peonies and Polaroids said...

wow, what a beautiful piece of writing and it leaves me wanting desperately to know what happened next.

redframe said...

now how did you know that's just what i needed to hear... thank you.

Guilty Secret said...

And by the end of this post I was in love... with your blog.

redframe said...

the feeling is mutual miss g.

flutter said...

Over from Peony and I am totally hooked.

redframe said...

welcome flutter, i know you well... i am a silent reader of your blog! your writing is (insert super intelligent word for beautiful here).

ila said...

This is... exciting! I'm sorry that I have to pry myself off because I'm at work, but I will be back for more.

Kitty Cat said...

Nice start, now I will have to go back and read through all your posts and get to the present post!

Veiled Vows said...

I know I'm a little behind but I'm new to this engagement/bridal blog thing and I like to start at the beginning. This is probably the sweetest "how we met" I've ever read. I may have to take back everything I've said about the "how we met" post. xoxo