6 years ago today
..we had our first official date and I remember it like it was yesterday.
You see from late November-the last week in January we saw each other every day, except over Christmas break. Every school day we would sit together in chapel and either have lunch or dinner together in the World Famous Bean (the cafeteria at ACU), and if I was lucky we would have both! Over Christmas break we didn't see each other much, but we went to a Mavericks basketball game, chatted a few times on AIM, and he attended a New Years Eve party my friends and I put together.
Anyway, all this to say we spent quite a bit of time together, but when it came to the weekends, the only communication we really had was chatting on AIM if we were on at the same time and going to church together a few times. On Friday, January 27, 2006, all of that changed.
While having dinner in the Bean Peter asked me if I wanted to go to a movie on Saturday. I gave him a little bit of grief because during Sadies Week several weeks before I asked him if he would attend a few events with me and he kept bailing..so of course I couldn't give this to him without putting up a fight (even if I was melting inside). As I said before, his feelings were locked up and even though he spent quite a bit of time with me I still didn't know if his intentions were platonic or if he was wanting to see if something was there between us. So, after giving him grief I said yes.
I tried not to think too much of it, to hold back my giddiness and just think of it as expanding our hang out time to the weekends, but one of our mutual friends woke me up at 7:30 Saturday morning very excited for what was unfolding. I kept reassuring her that he never used the term "date" or even let on that he thought of it as such (we had had that discussion about the Mavs game and he assured me that it was not a date), but after some time went by she said she had talked with him and he assured her that it in fact was a date. At that moment the butterflies arrived and the panic of what I should wear set in. Thankfully I had some close friends that loved to shop that took me to the mall, but unfortunately whenever I am really on the hunt for something I never find it. I ended up wearing a top I already owned, but we didn't take a picture so I don't really remember what it was. Oops.
After what seemed like the longest day ever Peter picked me up and took me out on our first date. The moment I saw him my butterflies disappeared. What movie did we see? King Kong. Why? I believe it was so that Peter had 3 hours as opposed to the typical 2 to finally hold my hand. (Up until this point we had touched once. He hugged me on New Years Eve when he arrived at my friends house..he doesn't recall this. I vividly do.) You see I was Peter's first girlfriend, how lucky was/am I?!
In order to keep things light and casual, in case he wasn't really interested in me, I made comments here and there, only to get no real response from him. I found out later that he didn't really recall me talking, but that that was probably because he was thinking about how and when to take my hand in his. After about an hour and a half he slid his hand under mine. It was perfect. Our hands fit perfectly together. My heart was filled with joy and yet somehow completely melted at the same time. Love.
For those of you who don't know, we went on dates such as this for 4 weeks before he asked me to be his girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Praise God for my amazing husband and the incredible stories we have to share!
I love you Peter!