I thought that the world had lost its sway
It's so hard sometimes
Then I fell in love with you
Then came you
And you took that away
It's not so difficult, the world is not so difficult
You take away the old
Show me the new
And I feel like I can fly when I stand next to you
~Calling You, Blue October
Let me start by saying I love Valentine's Day!!! But this wasn't always the case. Traditionally I have found Valentine's Day to be overrated and disppointing. But that all changed 2 years ago. Jamie and I first met face to face on Valentine's Day 2006. We had been chatting on the phone for a few days before and had exchanged a few emails. We hadn't planned on a Valentine's Day meeting, but Jamie's baseball game was rained out, so we both found ourselves at home with nothing to do.
I'll never forget that night. I was sitting on my bed upstairs at my parents' house reading a magazine in my sweats. I had just put Elise to bed after a very uneventful, normal day. I was just settling in to read for a while and go to bed. Then my phone rang. I was surprised to get a call from Jamie, since I knew he was coaching a game that night. He told me that it had been cancelled and asked if I wanted to go get something to eat. I had already eaten dinner, but I didn't tell him that! I decided to go for it...and that is how it all began. I think we both knew we were very interested that night, and it didn't take long for us to realize that we had found something really special. So, that is the story of how my views on Valentine's Day were transformed.
As sappy as it sounds, I love this day, because it seems like such a fairy tale meeting - to meet your soulmate on Valentine's Day. And I have continued to live that fairy tale every single day thereafter. I just adore our story, and I could not ask for a better partner in life for myself and Elise. This is a day to recognize how lucky we are and to remind one another of where it all began...at the most unlikely time. I don't think either of us were expecting to find a lifelong friend, lover, confidant, and partner that evening exactly 2 years ago today. But we sure are glad that we did!
Jamie and I will be celebrating with a quiet, romantic dinner alone at one of our favorite local restaurants. We made reservations 3 weeks ago to be sure we would have a table. Many thanks to Mom & Dad for babysitting just like they did on the night we met.
We are celebrating a day early with Elise - I put together a goody basket for her and we are working on her Valentines for school and baking Valentine cookies. Grandma, Grandpa, and Mary all have goodies for her tomorrow, so I thought it would be best to space things out a bit. I also helped her make a Valentine for Coach.
Wishing you all a very Happy Love Day (as Jamie would call it)! We hope your lives are as full of love as ours.