Our first date was to the fair. Just the two of us.
The lights blinking on the rides, and the music. I felt silly participating in the hypnotist show, but it was okay because you were doing it with me.
We rode the Ferris wheel for a long time, and I wished already that I could hold your hand and lean in closer.
After that I saw you every week, a couple times a week, and I loved it.
We went to concerts, basketball games, ballets, and haunted houses. Movies, hikes, special dinners, and late night stargazing in the grass.
Lots of talking though, that's what it really was about was being able to just talk. Sometimes we would stay up till 3 in the morning, even though you had work just a few hours away.
Then there was the night of the concert, and I got to spend the whole trip just you and me. After the show, making our way through the huge crowd to the outside steps, that was the first time our fingers locked together, and I was in heaven.
No one could make me laugh like you could.
You taught me how to waltz in the snow.
We played frisbee, and drew faces.
You brought me flowers for no reason, just because.
Than the time came for your trip. A month you would be gone, and I was so scared and nervous that maybe you would come to your senses while you were away. But than our lips met for the first time the night before you left, and I knew that everything would turn out all right.
I fell so in love with you while you were away.
I had to return from my vacation when I found out you were home early.
My heart never beat so hard or so fast, and the butterflies in my stomach never let up even if it was just a brush of your arm against mine. You held my hand all the tighter after you came home, but the night you proposed you still took my breath away.
As cliche' as it sounds, I couldn't even think or move. I couldn't believe what I was hearing. How could a girl be so lucky? I knew I didn't deserve you, but I couldn't bare to lose you again, not even for a second.
I said yes of course, and the soft snow came again as you held me. I'd never been so happy.
Two months later we were man and wife, starting our life together.
Those months of dates and courtship were long and short all at once, being filled with so many wonderful memories of friendship and a growing love.
I treasure those moments, because they brought us together. They turned you from a nice acquaintance, to my best friend, and into the love of my life and so much more.
And these past years of marriage have stood for the most wonderful times that I never could have even imagined. I feel sometimes like we've been married for 50 years when I see how far we've come in such a short time. I know that this life we have made together will only get better every day, as it has done ever since that first date at the fair.
Happy Anniversary sweetheart. I love you.