Friday, August 08, 2008
My Love Story
The summer time always makes me think about first meeting Dylan & falling in love with him. We met in the summer of 1999, just one year after I graduated from high school. We owe it all to Ammon. He was home for the summer & called me up to get together. We decided we'd go see Star Wars Episode I. Got a call from him about a week later. He was going with a group (all guys) & invited me to come along. I picked up Ammon & we headed over to Bryan Todd's house. Bryan is Dylan's younger brother. I went to high school & had a few classes with him. We knock on the door & this guy swings the door open & says "Well Helllooooo!!!" In a really high pitched, crazy voice. It took me a minute because at first I thought it was Bryan. I then realized that this must be Bryan's brother. He was wearing a Hanson t-shirt. I was convinced that he was a nerd. At the movie we sat on opposite ends of our row of people. I remember him passing an empty box of red vines down to me. I wasn't sure what to think about him.
Dylan was in a band with Bryan & a few other people. I'd go watch them play & there was always a barbecue happening at the Todd house that summer. So we saw each other quite a bit. I was walking at the park w/ my mom one night & I told her that I couldn't date Dylan Todd because I'd probably marry him & my last name would be Todd & our babies would be really white.
It took us a few months to get together. We played video games & I punched his leg when he was beating me. At the Ben Folds Five concert he asked me what classes I was taking for the third time. After one of his band's shows in Patti's back yard, he asked me if I wanted to go to the Coca Cola Factory with them. I mentioned the Beverly drink they had there (tastes like bug spray). He was impressed that I knew of it. I couldn't go because I had other plans already. He worked up some excuse so that he could give me a ride home even though I got a ride there with somebody else. I thought he was sweet. I could tell he was interested in me. We continued like this for a while. I wanted him to ask me out. He didn't have a job & his car was a disaster. I went to visit my friend Zelilah in California. When I got home I called him up and asked him out. We went to dinner & a movie.
A few days later I lured him over to my house with cookies I made. He was supposed to meet the guys to play video games. I think he eventually left that night. I wanted him to kiss me, but he didn't. We made plans for him to come back & we'd watch a movie. The next night we watched Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory. But halfway through he kissed me & it turned into a half hour make out session. We were never apart after that. We knew a month after dating that we wanted to get married.
The photo above is our engagement picture. We got married in 2000. I was 20 years old. He was 23. I often wonder about how I made such a big decision at such a young age. I had heard that "you just know", and it's so true. It's the best decision I've ever made. I often think back to the early days. Back before we had kids & all we had to worry about was us. Sometimes I wish we had those days back, but at the same time I think I like the "us" that we are now even more. We've been through a lot. We're solid.
If I could wish for anything in the world, I would wish that everybody could have someone to love them. I mean really, really love them.