At the beginning of August I was talking with one of my co-workers and she was asking how things were going. I said things were going good, but I was looking forward to getting a new start in 2009. I then corrected myself and said that maybe I still had enough time in 2008 for things to get better. She then looked at me and said, "I think August is going to be a really good month for you." Three days later I met Susan and my life has not been the same since that August day.
Susan loves to say that she picked me; and she did indeed pick me. When I think back to those first few weeks I knew there was something different in how I was feeling. I remember that very first email. I got it on a Monday night and I remember thinking...this feels different. The first time she called me I missed the call and she left a message. When I listened to that message I again felt that this was very different. (I have saved that first voicemail she left and love to listen to it every once in a while)
I remember driving to her house on our first date. I was nervous, but also had this amazing sense of calmness. When she opened the door I knew I had just met the woman I was going to spend the rest of my life with. (I know it sounds crazy, but honestly that is how I felt) A few weeks ago I joked with her and said that her couch is where it all started (that is where we had our first kiss) and she corrected me and said that it all started when I first walked up to her door. It really was love at first sight.
We have been through a lot in the last 3 months. Not only do we have the distance to contend with, but six weeks into our perfect love story I decided to quit smoking. I am just thankful that she stuck with me through those first few weeks where I was not always the best person to be around.
Last night I read through some of my blog posts from last December and one post caught my attention. In it I said, "I know that the next person I fall in love with will be special because I have had to go through a lot of stuff to get to her." Believe me, she was worth it all.
Susan, thank you for picking me and for bringing the color back into my world. I love you.