Today marks two years together with my boyfriend and it reminds me how lucky I am that we have a love story I can share.
I was 20 years old and in the very beginning stages of a divorce. At home I spent most of my time playing with my young son and doing work around the house and yard. One day, just a week before my 21st birthday, I happened to be painting a picnic table in the backyard when I heard someone talking in my pocket. Turned out to be a friend of mine who’m I had accidentally pocket dialed. We chatted for a little bit and I invited him to come out and have a couple drinks with me for my birthday, he agreed to the plans and we hung up.
Days went by and my birthday had arrived. The plan was to have my older brother pick me up and then we would pick up my friend. I almost backed out of my own birthday plans because my mom had brought me some cheesecake. It sounds silly now but I really thought alone time and cheesecake sounded better than bar hopping. My mom convinced me to go out, and I did. Throughout the night, drink by drink, I could see myself being more obvious about the way I was feeling towards this friend of mine and I kept trying to reel myself back in.
Some things that are pretty important to this story are the facts that no one knew about my ongoing divorce except for my ex and myself. Also, this friend of mine that I went
out with had actually asked me out in high school but nothing ever came of it.
Back to the story… Over the next three days we went to the park together and he came
over with his brother to hang out a couple of times. One day he stayed over a little later and had brought up my ex, saying he’d reached out to him and had gotten no response. I ended up telling him that for a long time the relationship had been crumbling, that we had been discussing divorce and we’re starting the process.
However untimely it was, that night began the relationship that we have right now. We have been inseparable since my 21st birthday and today I turn 23. This is a relationship that I wouldn’t trade for anything in the world. We aren’t perfect, we have our ups and downs, but at the end of the day we are together because we love each other. We have been building a family and a life together for the last two years and I can’t wait to see where the rest of our lives take us together.