I stood next to the door of my mother’s car, under the streetlight, as Val wrapped her arms around me. It was sixteen years ago today and we were both in high school.
“Why haven’t you asked me out yet?” she asked.
“I was waiting,” I replied.
“For what?” she asked.
“I don’t know,” I said. I found the courage to make it official and, on a frigid February night, we started our journey as a couple.
February is the month we think about love. Walk through the grocery store and you’ll see the rows of red cards, candy, and flowers. For those in relationships and marriages, we take time to make the extra effort.
For those who are single, it may be an extra painful few weeks of the year.
As we had dinner tonight with Carter and Aiden, we talked about all the things that have passed. We remembered the places we lived and the people who have come in and out of our lives. A wedding, jobs, and two amazing young boys.
I’ve been blessed to find my partner, the one person I know I will be with for the rest of my life. We’ve made this journey through hard times, ups and downs, and we’ve made it together.
Thank you Val, for all you’ve done for us. Thank you for being more than I’ve ever imagined or deserved. There are great things coming and there is no one else I’d rather share it with.