Happy Valentine's Day, babes! Although this day gets a pretty bad rep for being a sappy, "Hallmark Holiday", I still look forward to it every year. February in particular has me embracing my feminine and sentimental side (if you couldn't tell from my inspiration board already), and Valentine's Day plays right into my more romantic mood. One of my goals since launching this blog has been to be transparent and open with my readers so, I try to share personal stories on here from time to time. Because I mention Sam and Oliver so often on the blog, It's no surprise that I've been asked to tell the story of how Sam and I met and I decided that Valentine's Day was as good a time as ever to finally share it.
During our drive to Sugarloaf Mountain a few weekends back, Sam and I somehow came to the realization that we had met 10 years ago this Spring. It felt crazy to us both. This epiphany got us onto the topic of how we first met in a Mexican restaurant when I was merely 13 years old. I love listening to stories of how two people first crossed paths. Every time that I am introduced to a new couple whether at a work function or through friends, it's the first question that pops into my mind. Everyone has a unique story, and listening to the giddy couple recalling the event from their own individual perspectives makes my heart flutter. I've always been a hopeless romantic. That's why, when people ask Sam and I how we met, we love to tell the unconventional story.
10 years ago this Spring, my older sister and I were relaxing at home after school. She had always been quite shy and didn't enjoy attending events by herself. So, when she remembered that her favorite Spanish teacher, Ms. Diaz, was hosting an extra credit lunch with her students at Plaza Girabaldi's in Millersville, she bribed me into coming along. At the time I was sporting brightly colored braces, horrendous DIY highlights, and a Hollister logo t-shirt. I was bold and very awkward looking.
We got to the restaurant and I snagged a seat at the end along with my sister, simply waiting for the lunch to be over already so that she would hold up her end of the bargain and take me to the mall. That's when Mr. Cool walked through the front of the restaurant, glided right up to our table, and introduced himself. 13 year old me was mesmerized. At that point in my life, I had never seen such a handsome, older boy. Looking back now, I can't recall a single detail of the rest of that lunch. I'm assuming this is because I was red-faced, flustered and planning out our fairy tale wedding together while repeating "Anna Hartman" in my mind. But, whether I knew it at that moment or not, that chance encounter would mark the beginning of something that would forever alter my adult life.
For the following 5 years, Sam and I had several random run-in's. From his best friend living down the street from me, to passing each other at high school parties, flirting occasionally when coming in contact, and even spending a few nights together eating pizza, lying on a trampoline, and watching every season of "The Wire" just the two of us when he lived in a bachelor pad. But, the timing never seemed to be quite right. We were at very different points in our lives and each of us had things going on that would cause us to lose touch or become distracted.
The year that I graduated from high school, my big plan was to go straight onto college at Salisbury, ECU, or somewhere in the South. I was desperate to pledge a sorority, attend all of the best parties, and marry rich later in life. It wasn't until I realized that I couldn't afford going to school out of state and was later deterred from Salisbury for a semester on top of that, that I felt all hope was lost in my college dreams. Looking back now, however, it truly was the best thing that could have happened to me.
Just a few weeks later out of the blue, I got a text message from Sam wishing me a happy Valentine's Day and asking me to have dinner with him later that week. I was very hesitant at first, almost rejecting him completely remembering the last time we had spoken. But, after reassuring myself that 1 date wouldn't kill me, I said yes. That Saturday, I painted my nails a pretty red, put on a classic LBD, and drove up to Baltimore (where we live now) and knocked on his front door. We opened a bottle of wine, sitting on his kitchen counter and caught up with each other's lives until we were starving for dinner.
Then, 5 years after meeting for the first time, we went on our very first formal dinner date at Miguel's, an upscale Mexican restaurant that was only 2 blocks from our current home. I talked and talked and talked through our date, more nervous than I had been in my entire life and absolutely terrified of an awkward pause. I told him about how I'd be leaving for my first semester at Salisbury in a little, how my sister was pregnant with her first child, that I always wanted to go skydiving and become a lawyer. I talked so long that we were practically the last ones in the restaurant by the time that we finally left, walking back to my car hand in hand. I'm not sure that either of us realized it that night at dinner but, from that moment on we would become inseparable. The timing had finally been perfect and we were not willing to let each other slip away like we had so many times before.
What is your story of how you met your partner? Share it with me in the comments or via Facebook.
I hope you all have a lovely Valentine's Day!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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