On October 25, 2009, Sam asked me to be his girlfriend and my whole life changed.
Here’s us in one of our first pictures together. We were at a birthday party, and we didn’t know each other very well. In fact, we barely knew each other’s names. We weren’t even Facebook friends yet (gasp). All I knew was that he was very funny and good at Apples to Apples.
The next semester at school, our groups of friends merged and we started hanging out. A lot. We quickly became best friends, and I was sad to say goodbye to him for the summer when school let out in May. He spent the summer in Austin working at a grocery store and lifeguarding, and I spent my summer in Midland working at a bookstore and a grocery store. Even though we were both busy with two jobs, we still managed to find time to play online Scrabble with each other constantly (I lost about 90% of the games… Sam is so good at Scrabble).
When August rolled around, I was excited to move back to Abilene for a new semester at school. The first day everyone returned, our friends all met up to say “hi.” Sam was still cooped up in his dorm room unpacking, and I was so excited to see him that I called him and demanded that he drop everything and come see me– uh, I mean us. Nope, scratch that, I wanted him to see me. That’s where the confusing feelings started sprouting.
We started spending even more time together than before. Turns out that Sam had a huge crush on me, and was finding every excuse to hang out. Of course, I was completely naive and clueless. Give me a break! I’d never had a boyfriend before. What, boys don’t just randomly agree to bake a cake with you just for fun without meaning something by it? Oh.
Well, Sam had never been in a relationship either, but he certainly knew how to win me over. Poor guy. Everyone feel bad for Sam. There he was, offering me his jacket when I was cold, bringing me candy at work, buying me soup and medicine when I was sick, carrying my backpack when he walked me to classes… And there I was, off in La-La Land, blissfully clueless that this super sweet guy was in love with me. Oops.
Call me superficial, but one night Sam decided to put on a suit, shave, and comb his hair, and I could hardly keep my eyes off him. Jeez. What a hottie. He was almost there… The next weekend was Fall Break at school, so I joined him and our friend Jeremy on a trip to Austin, where Sam is from. We had such a fun weekend! We enjoyed great food and did a lot of exploring. I even talked Sam into trying on these pants. Gah! How could I not have known that he liked me? He put on these pants to make me happy!
Basically, I spent the whole weekend trying to sort out a tangled mess of complicated emotions. On the car ride home, I spent the entire three hours playing out imaginary scenarios in my head. I couldn’t go to sleep that night without talking to Sam about it, and at around 10 p.m. we worked everything out and we’ve been together ever since. So, today I’m celebrating me getting a clue and snatching up the greatest guy on the planet. :)