Interstellar Adventures

July 5, 2006

The Day We Met

Filed under: Mr. Wonderful — by InterstellarLass @ 9:12 am

A year ago today, I was just a girl, newly single, doing things single people do. Going to ballgames with my friends, playing hard on the trails, drinking martinis and putting my life back together. I was happy, but I wanted someone special in my life.

A year ago today, he was just a guy, happily content to sit in his recliner, read Bukowski, smoke his cigars and eat his QuikTrip sandwiches and write poetry into the night. He was happy, but his best gal pal decided he needed someone special in his life.

A year ago today, we had a date at Starbucks. I was a bit nervous, meeting someone new. Hoping that it would go better than the last couple of guys I’d met. He’d only wanted to meet for coffee. I was OK with this. I was available for exactly one hour. The hour between getting home from work and my kids getting home from dinner with their dad. I figured this would be enough time to establish if I wanted to go out with him again, and also be safe. A friend knew where I was, and the Ex would be looking for me if I wasn’t home. You know, just in case this guy turned out to be a serial killer.

He’d mentioned his favorite color was blue. So I wore a blue skirt and a black top, and my sassy new blue earrings. Yeah, it was just coffee, but I was also coming from work. And I wanted to look nice. One thing my mom taught me was to look nice. Granted, pajama pants would have been more comfortable, but not nearly as cute.

I walked in to the Starbucks, hoping I’d recognize him. I scanned around the store. He was there, standing at the back wall, looking at the espresso machines and coffee cups. His back was to me. Blue jeans, white shirt, sandals. Casual but cool. As I walked across the store to meet him, he scratched the back of his head and turned around. He saw me and made an awkward waving motion with the head-scratching hand. I giggled. Hi, I’m Nick. Hi, I’m Lass. Do you want something to drink? We’re here for coffee, right? Why yes, yes we are.

We stood awkwardly in line, waiting to order our overpriced hot beverages. I found a table, and he brought our drinks over. We chatted. Talked about lots of things. I specifically remember talking about my arch-nemesis, writing, movies, his family tree, and running a marathon. At the end of the hour, he asked me out again. So, uh, would you, uh, like to…I’m never good at this. I’m trying to think of a way to ask you if you’d like to go out with me again. Would you like to? Of course I did.

And in the last year, I’ve never been so happy.
He’s my Superman. My hero. My lover. My friend. My partner. He keeps me safe. He cares for me. He makes me laugh. He drives me crazy. He makes me happy when I am sad. He spoils me. He’s a romantic. He loves my kids. He makes our family complete. I love the sound of his voice. The warm touch of his hand. The peace that he brings to my life. I know that this man is going to be there for me always. He will forever be my constant friend and faithful partner.

I love you Nick. You are amazing to me. This last year has been the best year of my life, and I’m so thankful that you’ve been such a big part of it. Want to get a coffee later?


  1. Awwwwwwww Congratulations guys!!

    I hope our marriage is as happy as yours.

    Yes, I am back

    Comment by serendipity — July 5, 2006 @ 10:11 am |Reply

  2. Yes, I would love to have coffee with you. I love you Baby Doll.


    P.S. Feelings with moisture.

    Comment by An Observer — July 5, 2006 @ 10:17 am |Reply

  3. Happy 1st year! I am so glad you found each other – he’s raved about you since the day you met.

    Comment by JustCara — July 5, 2006 @ 10:27 am |Reply

  4. Congratulations on your guys first year! Sounds like you guys are a perfect pair. I wish you many more years together. 🙂

    Comment by Froggie — July 5, 2006 @ 11:56 am |Reply

  5. Our anniversary is tomorrow. You’ve set a nice high bar in “tributes to your love”. Congratulations on your story and your

    True love truly is magical, isn’t it?

    Comment by SurrenderDorothy — July 5, 2006 @ 11:59 am |Reply


    This was lovely. We all need our super-heros.

    Hope you are doing something FUN!

    Comment by Nancy — July 5, 2006 @ 12:01 pm |Reply

  7. See, its normal to celebrate your 1st date!

    Comment by Shannon — July 5, 2006 @ 12:07 pm |Reply

  8. Oh, Lass, I got chills reading the last part of this and my eyes teared up.

    What a true privilege it has been reading about this journey on this blog this past year. I remember the first date. Wow. You two are the sweetest.

    Comment by Raehan — July 5, 2006 @ 1:15 pm |Reply

  9. aw…Congrats!
    Now let me rub your head for luck!!

    Comment by KaraMia — July 5, 2006 @ 2:12 pm |Reply

  10. Very sweet, Lass.

    Wish you the best in the years to come.

    Comment by Bone — July 5, 2006 @ 3:24 pm |Reply

  11. just to let you know, I’ve posted some pics

    Comment by serendipity — July 5, 2006 @ 5:01 pm |Reply

  12. Now that was just too sweet! Thanks for sharing that, and happy one-year!!

    Comment by abbynormal — July 5, 2006 @ 5:22 pm |Reply

  13. A love like that is hard to find. Congrats guys… And here a toast to the rest of your lives together! *cheers!!!*

    Comment by Laura — July 5, 2006 @ 7:18 pm |Reply

  14. You totally gave me one of the those tingly wanna-cry feelings. Congratulations!

    Comment by R. Robyn — July 6, 2006 @ 4:13 am |Reply

  15. Hey Lass-

    Touching post. You did leave one thing out: Nick got lucky too.
    Somehow, I think he knows that.
    Funny, the song “The Captain of her heart” is running though my head right now. The best to you both…


    Comment by michaelm — July 6, 2006 @ 7:01 am |Reply

  16. Do you know what’s insane? I remember when you two started dating. How scary. I can’t believe it’s been a year.

    Comment by Jolynn — July 6, 2006 @ 3:59 pm |Reply

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