Inspired by my new Canadian blog bud JD, I decided to record My Love Story. She shared hers and it made me think about my own Love Story. Actually, I've had a few really good Love Stories in my life (I will explain more... probably NOT what you're thinking). My first Love Story begins the summer of 1995...
I was 14 years old & packing my bags for Myrtle Beach.
My best friend's family invited me on their summer vacation. We were headed down there to meet up with more of her family.... which included her cousin & his best friend. (they were around the same age as us... you know where this is going) The idea was that I would "hook up" with her cousin Chad & my friend would "hook up" with her cousin's friend. I cringe at the thought of this, considering Maddy is only 4 years away from 14! (That's OK... she knows better. She is very well aware of the fact that she is not allowed to even start thinking about dating until she's about 37 or so :)....) Anyway, I remember how excited I was to be going to the beach... especially Myrtle Beach. Rumor had it that they had "real" palm trees down there. Honestly, the last thing on my mind were the boys. However, as we pulled into the hotel & saw my friend's family unloading their van I saw Chad & his friend... Stephen. I stared at Stephen & thought to myself... "Please be Chad, Please be Chad, Please be Chad"... O'well.
I really don't remember too much about that week other than Stephen.
We were quite the hot topic of the week. We got into trouble for disappearing down the beach one night. We decided to go on a romantic walk as we held hands & got our feet wet in the waves. (again I cringe, as I think of my girls) Oh man, did we get fussed at! We both ended up on the balconies of our hotel room sulking. Fortunately for us the rooms were right next to each other... so, there we were again... alone together. Then there was the night that all of the adults left to go out to dinner. They left the 4 of us alone at the hotel... what in the heck were they thinking?!?! There were a few love pecks that evening (cringing).
I'm almost positive that by the time we were ready to go home our friend's parents were truly regretting bringing us along. Little did they know it was all a part of God's plan!
Call it puppy love, adolescent infatuation... I don't know. I do know that I met my future husband that week... when I think back on that time I don't think of myself being 14. It was so real to me & meant to be. Crazy I know. (Maddy is SO not reading this post for a long time!)
I remember the day we left the beach... I was staring out of the back window of the truck, crying my eyes out as we drove away. I was so sad to be leaving Stephen. I'm sure the entire time my friend's parents were siting up front rolling their eyes, looking forward to the moment they dropped me off at home & wondering how they were going to explain my heartbroken condition to my parents.
Once we got home it was back to the regular routine. I had a full time job that summer, working for a doctors office, filing medical records all day. I was rich for a 14 year old, so I had plenty of money for my new collection.... pre-paid phone cards. Oh my, did we talk! We drove our parents crazy. I know I snuck a lot of the phone calls on my end. When I did get caught I'd get the "you're way too young for this type of foolishness to be going on" talk. I remember several times Stephen's mom picking up another phone in the house.. "Stephen has to get off of the phone now, bye Kasie". We would talk for hours.. about nothing. Oh, we were so in love. :) We kept this up for several months... then for whatever reason our conversations faded. Our parent's nagging probably wore us down. We ended up losing touch for about 4 years.
In that four years (short version):
I met Madison's dad when I was 16, had Maddy when I was 17, graduated high school when she was 3 weeks old, realized that it wasn't going to work out with him & we separated. All the while I thought about Stephen often. It was just something about him that I loved & missed so much.
So, one day... out of the blue... I decided to call him...
To be continued....