the hour I first believed.

Tyler and I had been dating for four months before our first Valentine's day. I surprised myself so many times in those four months - and not in the way you hope to when you meet someone new and wonderful. I'd been single for over a year and I'd figured out how to be alone. But when it came time to be not alone, I found all sorts of baggage tucked into the cobwebbed corners of my heart. Baggage that I'd forgotten was even there, until I was crying nonsense tears in the dark of his bedroom. 

 But then there was the cake. A hilarious heart shaped cake from the 90s. 

Let me explain: Sometime in late January I got an all-over body ache inducing flu, which had me sick in bed for the second time that winter (undergrads. so many germs.) After picking up ginger ale and sorbet, Tyler told me we could watch any TV show that I wanted. So, I picked a completely kooky, decade old episode of Martha Stewart with guest star Bill Cosby. Martha baked a heart-shaped powdered-sugar raspberry genoise cake.

 Two weeks later on Valentine's day, I came home from class. And, to my complete surprise, there it was sitting on the kitchen counter. Sixteen steps, two hours, and eight dollars worth of raspberries. It was the first time I'd ever been loved like that; in a way that was over-the-top and so completely guileless. I finally let myself fall in love too.

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14 comments:

  1. Oh my gosh, that's so thoughtful! I completely agree about learning to fall in love----it feels like a process when the past has been exhausting. Cheers to your amazing present and future!

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  2. such a romantic story - I'm so happy for the two of you :)

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  3. I couldn't help but leave that post with a goofy smile. The SWEETEST.

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  4. This is the best story told in the most beautiful way. Your Tyler is amazing and are you.

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  5. I just can't even. I'm almost crying at my desk, this is so sweet. <3 <3 <3

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  6. what a sweet sweet man! so happy for you

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  7. That is so sweet and wonderful! What a lovely gesture. :) I also wanted to let you know that I've nominated you for a Liebster award. (Here's the link to the blog post: http://amiechristo.wordpress.com/2014/02/18/the-leibster-award/ I couldn't link directly!) I really enjoy reading your blog and was more than happy to pass it on. :)

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  8. Guileless anything is my very favorite thing in all the world. xo

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  9. This is fantastic. My (now) husband and I had only been dating a little over a month when 2/14 rolled around. We made dinner together, very low-key and have kept that same tradition, now 7? years in.

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    1. I think I just cried a little bit. And those damn youths...

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