.....a zillion years ago, on a far off planet, Indiana, I was attending college. Yes, Virgil they did have colleges in that far distant time, now where was I? Oh yeah......so, I was friendly with this girl whose brother was coming to visit her. Now, I had no interest in meeting said brother as I was dating a guy, a professor to be exact, when she asked me she wouldnt take no for an answer. To shut her up, I finally agreed to meet him when he arrived. I figured what the hell, I'll just make myself scarce for a few days, and then act all sad that I "missed" him. Well the joke was on me, he came early on a Friday morning. I didnt have a class on Friday and usually slept until lunch time, storing up so as to party later, yeah? She came barging into my room and woke me up, and when I resisted getting up, she ripped the covers off me, and about died of mortification as I was starkers. Quickly flinging the covers back on me she zinged me with the arrow, "you promised!". Sigh. Telling her to leave so I could get dressed she left the room, and leaned on my door! This girl has some trust issues!
The main reason I wasnt better friends with this girl is that she was hyper religious, and I've never been accused of being so, I had it in my mind that if she was that religious her entire family must be as well and had no interest in yet another person attempting to save my soul. I wasn't dressing to impress, and so I pulled on stuff I snagged from the floor. Looking at the extreme bedhead, my hair wont comb out in the morning it has to be washed to behave, I jammed a cap on my head and pulled on a hoodie, stomped on a pair of beat up tennis shoes and brushed my teeth and called it good.
I straggled behind the gaggle of girls she had lined up to meet her brother, and found a nice curb to sit on and a surprisingly comfy car to lean against, and was quickly drifting back to sleep when her voice thundered out, "HE'S HERE!!!!" And jerked me to my feet, about ripping my arm from my socket. I was rubbing my eyes when he parked the car and walked over to his sister, and gave her a huge hug. He made some lame joke about why didn't she bring of any her friends so he could meet them. She ran around like a 5 year old all wound out on sugar, introducing us one by one, and then she came to me.
Truthfully, I hadnt really looked at him, I was just biding time until my warm and comfy bed could claim me again, ahh sleep I hardly knew ye..... When she introduced me, I looked up, and our eyes locked and
S T I L L
suddenly, the world came rushing back, a congress of females all quacking, the breeze blew again, but still all I saw was
H I M
And just like that, we fell in love. Yes, yes I know how could that be possible? We hadnt spoke to each other, hadnt touched each other, but still after all these years, its the truest thing I know.
It took him 2 days to dredge up the courage to ask me out on a date. And it wasnt until I was dropping from exhaustion at 3 am that I finally figured out why he wouldnt leave the lounge and kissed him.
We couldnt stop kissing, kissing, kissing, kissing
A week later he asked me to marry him
3 months later we married
its been 35 years now
Saint Patrick's Day has always been our anniversary, others think I'm cracked, but really if we hadnt met, how could we have ever gotten married? Honestly I do have trouble remembering the actual date of our wedding, and rarely remember that date, TH is the one to remind me. But this is the day that gets the big celebration, this is the day that means the most to us. Sadly we are apart on our big day. Next year we will find some way to be together on our anniversary.