Never before in my life have I received so many compliments of “you look so happy!” or “what have you done differently to yourself?” or “you look amazing!” than I have over the course of the past year. What’s my secret? Simple. I have been officially in love, for the first time in my life, for one whole year. You have no idea what that does for your skin.
Let me walk you through the beginning, cause it’s my favorite part. Don’t be deceived though, for I am more in love right this very second, than I was at any of the moments I am about to describe. Enjoy.
Dec 23rd, 2011. the reintroduction. (This one is my favorite) One year ago on December 23, while driving non-stop from Kittery, Maine to Milwaukee, WI, a man took a detour in off I-90, in Chicago, IL at 2:30am. While in Chicago, two people were reintroduced to each other, after only meeting in person once- about a year and a half earlier. An awkward hour later (of sitting about 6 inches apart on the couch, pretending to watch Gladiator), the man took the girl’s hand as he got up to walk to the door. An electric shock went through her body so intense that she is typing about it right now for all to see.
Dec 26th the first kiss. (Okay, this is my favorite too) The scene: cold winter early evening, her face in his hands, against a car…sigh. Have you ever melted into someone’s hands? Yeah, well I have too.
Dec 29th an unsuccessful museum tour. Yeah, you try walking around a museum when you can’t keep your hands off someone. It’s not easy, at all. But gosh is it fun to try.
Dec 31st a phone call from a balcony in a Chicago high-rise (at a NYE party): a girl told a boy she loved him. Oh and I meant it. It’s not the first time I have said it to someone, but it is the first time I really meant it. It just came to me and I said it. I didn’t care how soon it was because it was more true than anything I had ever said before that moment.
About a week later, he said it back.
One year later, and here’s to many, many more.