Saturday, June 6, 2009
Flashback 3 years
It has been a crazy couple of weeks, and I have not had a moment to blog. Between baseball games, bridal showers, and thank-you notes, I have not had a minute to breath.
I'll give you an update on the last couple of weeks, but first a little flashback to when Ben and I met. I was reminded of this as we finished out another year teaching together. I was the new teacher at school and a little nervous to be at my first staff meeting. Another newbie and I sat in the second row together, eager to show our enthusiasum for getting involved. It hadn't been but a minute or two when a gorgeous guy (Ben), walked up and asked if anyone was sitting next to me. We exchanged notes for the entire staff meeting, like school kids.
I'm sitting there thinking, "Could it be this easy to meet an attractive, single guy, that works with kids?" In the next couple of days of teacher in-service, I found every opportunity to talk to the cute Activities Director. I couldn't tell if he knew I was shamelessly firting with him or not. But it did take him another three weeks before he asked me on a date....and I think it may have even been his roommate Mike who asked me for him.
Ben and I had what I would like to call, the WORST first date ever. We planned to do dinner and a movie. We had decided on a movie time at the place right around my house, so the planner I am, went to the theater earlier in the day to get tickets. Ben was supposed to pick me up at 6pm and at 6:20 I still hadn't heard from him. I thought for sure I'd been stood up when he finally called to say he was running late. At this point we only had 45 minutes or less to eat dinner before the movie started.
I knew we were in a rush, but I don't know that Ben looked up from his salad once. He was looking down, shoveling food in his mouth, in between one word answers to my questions. Can we say "awkward"? We ended up making it to the movie, but we may as well have been sitting in separate theaters. There was no hand holding, no leaning in, and definitely no hand on the knee. I knew he must have been nervous, but I wondered where Mr. Confidence from the first day we met had gone. Needless to say, I wanted to avoid the awkward good night kiss, and had him drop me off in front of the building. (He still gives me a bad time about it)
Ben's says it couldn't have been that bad of a date.....I did go on a second. I could tell he was a great guy under it all, but I seriously contemplated avoiding him after that day. Here we are three years later, and very much in love. Less than 60 days to the wedding!