Fourteen years ago today, Jenn (Natalie Vivien) and I met for the very first time. ♥ ♥ ♥
We’d been friends online for a long, long time before this. We shared samples of our writing back and forth, and we developed a really strong friendship. I’ve told you guys before about how I’d never seen a picture of her, but I was falling irrevocably in love with her. I sent her a letter, telling her I was falling in love with her…and slowly, over the next few months, we began our relationship. I’d still never seen a picture of her. ♥
We decided that, the day before her birthday, February 25th, I was going to board a bus, ride it down to Pittsburgh and meet her for the first time. On the phone, she slyly told me that she’d just bought a queen sized bed for my arrival. ♥ I’ll never forget how she said it. 🙂 “I only have a twin bed,” she told me, her voice soft, warm. “It’s too small for two women to be comfortable…”
She sent me her picture the DAY before I was supposed to go down to see her. Looking at that picture made my heart skip too many beats…I probably should have been dead. 🙂 I loved her on sight, but then…I’d fallen in love long before that moment.
And then I boarded that bus. I felt for the little box in my coat pocket that contained the amethyst ring that I’d bought on payments, taking MONTHS to pay off before I’d ever even seen her picture. ♥
I arrived in Pittsburgh late in the afternoon. My heart in my throat, I climbed the parking garage (actually walking up the car ramp, because I was too excited to find the steps! I COULD HAVE BEEN KILLED! 😛 ), and then there she was in the middle of the parking garage, standing there in her beautiful blue coat, her bright blue eyes glittering with happiness. I dropped my suitcase, I ran to her, we wrapped each other tightly in our arms, and I kissed her passionately. I was crying, she was crying…when she put my suitcase in the car, IN THE PARKING GARAGE, I gave her the ring, because I knew she was the one, and I just couldn’t wait anymore.
The very first day I met Jenn, we climbed into that brand new queen sized bed. We lay there, in the dark, listening to each other breathing, until we reached out toward each other, our hands brushing together…and then, magic happened. The very first day I met her. ♥
Fourteen years is impossible for me to wrap my head around. It literally feels like yesterday, like yesterday that I climbed the car ramp at the parking garage, like yesterday that I held her in my arms for the very first time, kissed her for the very first time. She tasted like peppermint and sweetness, like happily ever afters.
She still does. ♥ ♥ ♥