Today’s “How We Met” story comes from Shaunta who blogs at GoingReno.com. I’ll hand the mic over to her now…
I read something, somewhere near New Year’s 2002 that suggested writing letters to the partner you hadn’t met yet.
I was a single mother with two kids, one of whom had special needs–and I felt so ready to be in a relationship again. I started writing those letters on New Year’s Day. I thought about a man who was maybe as lonely as I was, waiting for me like I was waiting for him. I thought he’d be funny and kind and patient.
That summer the mother of my daughter’s best friend set me up on a blind date with a friend of her husband’s (did you follow all of that??) I’d met Kevin before, but only briefly. He’d known Adrienne for a year, because she spent so much time at her friend’s house and so did he. It took him a while to stop thinking of me as ‘Adrienne’s Mom.’
We went to a 50’s diner and a drive-in movie for our first date on August 3. He was funny and kind and patient. And he was lonely, like I was. Exactly one year later we were married, on the anniversary of that first date. That was eleven years ago and he makes me laugh as much now as he did then. He’s the father that my kids deserved and the husband that I wondered if I’d ever have. In December 2004 we had a baby girl and our little blended family was complete.
My first husband was my high school sweetheart and for a long time I wasn’t sure if I’d ever be able to fall in love again. It took a long time for my broken heart to heal. Kevin taught me to laugh again and to be okay with hard times, because we’re always in it together. I can’t imagine my life without him.
Isn’t that a sweet story? I love it!