Two years ago today I was driving to State College with butterflies in my stomach. I was going on a first date with this guy named Josh who I had never met before. We had been emailing daily for three months, our emails getting so long they could fill a book.
No, really. They filled a book.
I felt like even though I had never met him I knew him so well. We had so much in common and connected so quickly. We never ran out of things to talk about and he constantly made me laugh.
I remember getting out of the car and seeing him and thinking he looked even cuter than his pictures. I also remember being really relieved he wasn’t secretly some 45 year old creeper.
For our first date he showed me around State College. We went to Saints, one of his favorite coffee shops, where he got me a pumpkin spice latte because he knew how much I liked them.
Coffees in hand we walked around campus before ending up at a Thai restaurant for dinner. It’s unfortunately out of business now but I remember us splitting veggie spring rolls and I enjoyed chicken pad thai for my main dish (I wasn’t a vegetarian yet!). Afterwards we continued walking around campus, we covered so much of it, walking through buildings and exploring classrooms. At one point we ended up on a rooftop garden, it was so beautiful.
As we walked we talked about so many things, although I stopped mid-sentence and my heart rate shot through the roof when he took my hand for the first time. We passed a cupcake shop called Indulge where we ducked in to grab cupcakes. There was nowhere to eat them there and it was getting pretty cold out so we got them boxed up to bring back to his place.
I remember being impressed by how nicely decorated his apartment was and how the walls were free of frat boy posters and sports jerseys. He cut up the cupcakes for us (we have similar taste in food and have ordered different flavors that we both want from the beginning), made coffee for himself, poured a glass of milk for me, and then we sat on the couch talking and eating. We held hands, and talked about our day and life and it was so casual and so relaxed. I remember sitting there looking at him and having this feeling that years from now we’d still be sitting just like that, holding hands, and talking about our days. As the night ended with him walking me to my car and giving me a kiss I knew it was the start of something special.
I’m the biggest romantic. Ever since I was a little girl I’ve dreamed of finding my one true love. Two years filled with amazing memories and more love than I knew it was possible to experience later I feel so happy and so lucky. The guy I was so nervous to meet two years ago is now my best friend and fiance. I’ve found the guy who makes me a better person, who I’m meant to spend the rest of my life with and we get to plan our happily ever after together. I couldn’t ask for anything more.
To Josh- Thank you, for encouraging me, for always being there for me, and for loving me unconditionally. I am so excited to marry you this summer.
To everyone else- thanks for letting me be extra mushy today. Go kiss and hug your loved ones, they’re what make life worth living.
Question of the Day: What was your first date like with your significant other?