If you had asked me five years ago where I would be today, I would tell you that I had no idea. Truth is, five years ago today, my life changed in a way I never saw coming.
At the age of 18, I was finding who I was outside of high school. I was searching for what I really wanted out of life…and I knew that included a bigger and happier future than the one I was heading toward at the time.
So that’s when it happened.
Henry came into my life like a sunny blue sky after a hurricane. Five years ago today, we went on our first date. I wasn’t even sure if it was a date at first. We had gone months without any contact after he left for university…was this a friendly hangout where we just catch up…was it a date??? I consider it a date looking back now (he did pay for dinner after all) but I wouldn’t realize the true scope of how my life was about to change until later.
I remember his face when he walked in to pick me up from work that night. It was bright red. He was nervous and excited and I had never seen him smile like that before. I remember laughing so hard the entire time at dinner that I had blisters on the inside of my cheeks from my braces. I remember him trying to make me laugh by driving me off-road in his little beat-up Subaru Legacy that would honk whenever he hit a bump in the dirt. I remember sheer happiness and excitement and a lot of feelings I hadn’t felt in quite some time.
I haven’t stopped smiling when it comes to Henry since that night. In our half a decade together, we have fallen in love, gotten engaged, moved into our first apartment, adopted our dog Hannah, got married, moved into our second apartment, Henry graduated college, Henry started his career, bought a house, I graduated college, adopted our dog Maggie, and now I’m starting my career.
We have created a life that I would not change for anything. Even when things were tough, we got through it by holding onto one another and giving each other all the love and support we could offer.
So here’s to you, my amazing, wonderful, handsome, hard-working husband. I love you and I thank you for changing my life 5 years ago. You’re a pretty cool guy.
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