our eyes locked..we ran in slow motion toward one another’s arms….and lived happily ever after…..EEERRRK (insert brakes squealing),
back to reality.
wasn’t quite that fairytalish, but close!
this is our love story starting from the beginning:
Everyone always asks if we met at school and the answer is “yes” but i always have to add, “but he didn’t go there–we actually went to universities that were 5 states away from one another.” you see, Jon’s best friend’s sister (following that?) just so happened** to be placed in our on-campus house and she and i became fast friends. it was valentine’s day weekend and neither of us had boys in our lives so when Jon and her brother showed up with pink roses for all the ladies in our house, i was pretty impressed.
i actually didn’t meet Jon until the day after they arrived (weird fact, they stayed at my old boyfriend’s house for the weekend–long story, you don’t care about). i first remember his bangs-in-the-face hair and quickly discovered he had a funny personality that made me want to hang out with them…..basically every waking moment of that long weekend. they drove the 600 miles home a couple of days later and that was that. we didn’t exchange numbers—it was just casual acquaintances.
i get a little fuzzy on this next part, but i think it had something to do with me sneaking into my friend’s computer to snatch his AIM name…..and long story short, we spent the next couple of months talking nightly—for hours—on the computer. remember the BA-LING of AIM? what a glorious sound .
just a couple of months into the phone/internet chatting, my friend was going home (to the same town as Jon lived) and invited me to come along. we had our first real date and before the night was over the “L” Word was released (the guilty party shall not be named–but it wasn’t me). oh yah, he also sang me a song that he had written for me—swoon. ahem, i had a bit to think about after that night, but giddy was definitely a fitting feeling. like any TYPE A personality, i had to have a pros/cons list to see if this relationship was going to work.
we live 600 miles apart
i’m a junior in college with about $0 for airfare **
i’m a country girl, he’s a city guy
we live 600 miles apart!
he’s a musician–in a band…ahhh
he’s cute (once you get the hair out of his eyes)
he loves Jesus
he has a great family
he’s a musician—and wrote me my own song, for heaven’s sake!
what was a girl to do?
you know what i did.
i analyzed it a bit more, prayed about it, and then jumped in with both feet!
(that’s about all the mushy gushy you can take for one day, so come back later this week for vol. 2 of our story’s journey!)
**looking back it is so obvious to see where God’s hand was working in it all. 1.) it was no “coincidence” that i randomly roomed with Jon’s best friend’s sister in college & 2.) an airline named Independence Air was born and died perfectly in the time frame of our long distance relationship. it was seriously $100 round trip/nonstop and it is the ONLY way we could’ve afforded to see each other every couple of months.**