Tuesday, August 30, 2011
eight years ago
i knew him before facebook.
before the north american blackout. bush's second term. the last season of friends. love actually.
before janet had a wardrobe malfunction, martha went to prison, and ken won millions on jeopardy.
we sang along to stacy's mom and watched mystic river on the couch with my parents.
eight years have passed since that summer. that late august romance. that last first date. eight years of up-all-nights, throw my phone against the wall because i-miss-you-and-high-school-is-hard-without-you -and-why-do-i-hear-girls-in-the-background-are-there-girls-in-your-dorm? eight years of dates in cafeterias, in dining halls, in our kitchen. of bible reading and home brewing. of early morning greetings and front porch goodbyes.
we've climbed a waterfall together in jamaica, and fallen into bed at nine on a wednesday night. i've seen this man cry and i've seen a laugh rise from his gut so deep it cut off his breath. i've seen him on one knee. in a tux and blue collar.
and eight years ago today, i saw him on my doorstep. with a borrowed car and pressed shirt. and three years ago, i saw him at the alter.
and i declare, for all its hardships and trials, being in love is something more than spectacular. worth saving. keeping. remembering.
and on those nights when it seems like the darkness has won, worth calling him back for.
happy anniversary to the boy who always picked up.