A Romance 23 Years in the Making

While Christmas is my favorite holiday, Valentine’s Day runs a very close second.  Partly because I’ve collected hearts since I was a kid, and partly because it’s all about love.  Yep, I’m a “hopeless” romantic, and proud to be so.  I’ve heard people scoff that February 14th is nothing more than a marketing ploy to sell gazillions of cards, flowers, and chocolates.  That may be, but I see it simply as a wonderful excuse to tell someone how much you love them.  Nobody says you have to buy into the commercialism of the day.  A handmade card, home-cooked meal, or a nice, candlelit night of lovemaking don’t put money into Hallmark’s coffers.

So, with the spirit of St. Valentine looking over us, I’m going to take this opportunity to gush about my Valentine…

Craig & I met back in high school – he was a senior, and I a sophomore.  His sister and I were in choir together, and became friends, and one day, Craig came to our table at lunch to talk to her.  Wow, he’s really cute were the words that ran through my head at the time, but since I wasn’t generally popular with guys, I had no illusions that he’d like me back.

Over the next couple of years, Craig would show up at the school and help us with the plays and musicals his sister and I were in.  The two of them have always been very close, and since he’s an artist to the core, he enjoyed painting the backdrops and helping to put the sets together.  He made it into the background at more than one production, even after he graduated.  So during rehearsals I got to learn more about him, and we became good friends.  At parties, Craig and I would often venture off to play Rubik’s Race — a slider game that Craig and I were masters at, while no one else in our circle of friends came close.

After graduation, Craig and I became even closer friends.  We drove his sister down to DePaul for college, and after I got accepted to The American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he decided to move with me to New York, in the hopes of getting a job at either Marvel Comics or DC Comics.  While there, we explored the possibility of a romantic relationship.  That first kiss was SOCKO!, as were all the others after.  However, since he didn’t get a job at either comic book company, and I couldn’t figure out a way to pay for the Academy, we had to leave The Big Apple.  I decided to go down to Florida, where my dad and brother had moved the year before, and Craig went back to Michigan.  We reconnected a couple times over the years, but it never seemed to be the right time for us.

Fast forward to May 2010.  Craig had been living in the San Francisco bay area for the last ten years, and I’d just moved out here in 2008.  I opened my email one morning to see that Craig had sent me an electronic version of Rubik’s Race that he’d created.  He was interested in renewing our friendship, and while I was trepidatious at first, I remembered how right it had always felt to be around him.  We conversed through email and IM, and a month later Craig said that he wanted more than friendship, that he wanted us to be together…as in long-term commitment.  Having already fallen in love with him, it didn’t take me too long to agree.

Since then, our relationship has been the stuff of fairy tale romances.  Not in the “he’s my prince and saving me from some horrendous fate” sense, but in the “happily ever after” one.  We’re even more lovey-dovey (or, as we call it, googy) than we were at the beginning, and our relationship grows stronger with every passing day.  We both know we’ve finally found our soul mate; the fact that we’d met twenty three years ago is a tad ironic.  Craig is everything I’ve ever looked for in a man (well . . . he’s not French, but that wasn’t a real requirement anyway).  He accepts me for who I am, loves me, and is willing to talk about our disappointments, dreams, and goals together.  That he also finds me sexy is a nice bonus.

Someone once said that my relationship with Craig is like a heart.  We met at the beginning, each had to travel our own path for a while, but eventually came back to meet once again.  I like that analogy.  Of course.  It’s another heart.  😀

What’s your wonderful Valentine’s Day story?

 

*** Addendum ***

On February 13, 2011, Craig proposed . . . I, of course, said yes.  🙂

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kilt Kilpatrick
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 07:37:29

    Awwwww! What a sweet post! You should be writing romances, Alyx!
    -Kilt

    Reply

    • Alyx Morgan
      Feb 11, 2011 @ 08:18:40

      Thanx, Mr. Kilpatrick! I feel like I’m finally living my own romance novel. 🙂 I get the same googy feeling when I see you two together.

      So glad you stopped by today.

      Reply

  2. Dana
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 09:07:52

    That’s so sweet, Alyx! And what a wonderful story. I do believe in true love (and I also believe we can have more than one soul mate per lifetime… but sometimes partners can take different roads and the relationship ends), and may you and Craig be googly together the rest of your lives!

    Reply

  3. Cindy Sample
    Feb 11, 2011 @ 09:33:13

    I love your story, Alyx. Very inspirational. No wonder you’re always smiling:-)

    Reply

  4. Kaye George
    Feb 12, 2011 @ 06:55:39

    Sweet post, Alyx. Have a good V Day with your googly guy!

    Reply

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