This is the Story of Us: Episode 2
Where did we leave off? Oh yes.
Previously on The Story of Us: Episode 1
A couple of days went by and I honestly thought that was it. We would both continue on with our lives and be on our separate ways. However, as the days went on, I kept thinking about his offer of a coffee date. I mean it was just a coffee date. What could it hurt? So about a week later, I decided to text him back.
He was working on the road and out of town, but we decided to grab a cup of coffee that following Saturday before I went to work. It was the perfect set up! If we didn’t click, I had the excuse of needing to leave for work. No pressure at all.
Neither of us had ever been on a blind date. And for me, it really was a blind date. I honestly didn’t know who I was going on a date with. I couldn’t even remember what he looked like.
This is where the story of us really begins. We met up at our local coffee shop. He got there before I did and waited at a table for me to get there. I snuck in the back door and stopped to order before I saw him. So he didn’t even get to buy me a drink.
As we started talking, we ended up actually realizing that they were from the same town, our siblings “dated” for a little bit, and I even ran track with his older sister. We also found out that my best friend even lived right next door to his house for years. And somehow we never ran into each other. Which is surprising for living in Waseca. The conversation flowed so easily and it was hard to believe when my alarm went off, reminding me to leave for work.
We left with a simple “See you later.”
The date had gone way better than either of us had ever thought. As I was driving to work, I couldn’t stop smiling! We had hit it off. And I couldn’t wait to see him again. Once I got to work, I texted him and thanked him for the great coffee date. And that I was glad I had changed my mind.
Not even an hour later, we were already planning our next get together….that evening…on AJ’s dock.
I met him at his lake lot around 11 pm after I had gotten off of work. It had already been a long day, but I was happy to see him again!
We talked about everything on that dock, in the crisp spring air, as the minutes and hours passed by without even knowing. Within a day, a little spark grew into a flame. And neither of us could quite control it.
As we were sitting on the dock, I remember thinking that I didn’t want this to end. That I just wanted time to stop and to live in this moment forever. It was about 1 or 2 in the morning when we finally decided to call it a night. I had to be at work in the morning.
Before we left. He walked me back to my car. As I was opening the door, he stopped me and asked “Can I kiss you?” Again, I turned him down and said “I don’t kiss on the first date. Goodnight” And we parted ways.
The next evening we decided to meet up again at Loon Lake Park. My favorite place in Waseca. We went swinging. Played on the playground. Sat on the dock. And again talked for a couple of hours. We enjoyed each other’s company and made every second count. We knew we only had that weekend before AJ went back on the road for the work. So we had to make the most of it.
We were sitting on the playground playing Tic Tac Toe when he leaned in and asked me again, “Can I kiss you?” And of course, I replied, “I don’t know, can you?” And well, I’m guessing you know what happened next.
As we called it a night, we walked back to our cars and decided that we wanted to see each other again. I asked him if I was crazy, but I asked him I could drive up to Alexandria, where he was working that week, to visit him on my days off. He said he would love it if I did. 2 days later, I was on the road, driving 5 hours, to see him for the day.
You could say we fell head over heels for each other pretty quickly. The following weekends continued in this same fashion. Seeing each other as much as we could. Jamming in as much as we could. We just couldn’t get enough of each other.
But summer was quickly approaching and I knew I was leaving for Summer Camp at the end of May. And for Grad School after that. It was time to face the music. But we just couldn’t say goodbye. So we decided to give it a try and make things work.
Stay tuned for next week’s The Story of Us when I share with you the summer we spent apart.
July 31, 2020