Never before in my life have IÂ receivedÂ 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. Â What’s my secret? Â Simple. Â I have been officially in love, for the first time in my life, for one whole year. Â You have no idea what that does for your skin.
Let me walk you through the beginning, cause it’s my favorite part. Â Don’t beÂ deceivedÂ though, for I amÂ moreÂ in love right this very second, than I was at any of the moments I am about to describe. Â Enjoy.
Dec 23rd, 2011. Â 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. Â While inÂ Chicago, two people were reintroduced to each other, after only meeting in person once- about a year and a half earlier. Â AnÂ awkwardÂ 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. Â 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. Â (Okay, this is my favorite too)Â Â The scene: cold winter early evening, her face in his hands, against a car…sigh. Â Have you ever melted into someone’s hands? Â Yeah, well I have too.
Dec 29th an unsuccessful museum tour. Â Yeah, you try walking around a museum when you can’t keep your hands off someone. It’s not easy, at all. Â But gosh is it fun to try.
Dec 31st a phone call from a balcony in a ChicagoÂ high-rise (at a NYE party): a girl told a boy she loved him. Â Oh and I meant it. Â It’s not the first time I have said it to someone, but it is the first time I really meant it. Â It just came to me and I said it. Â 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.