Saturday, September 15, 2012

Ben and Jerry's Day

September 15 is a very special day in our home. It is what we have dubbed Ben and Jerry's Day. Why have we made it an ode to that yummy ice cream concoction?

Sixteen years ago today, this guy and this girl who had a friendship blossom over the Internet and on the phone suddenly found themselves sitting on the Santa Monica Pier together, talking over two pints of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It was sunset and the day that had gone before this moment could not have been more perfect. There was something special between these two. After nonstop talking and sharing, there was silence and he broke it with a sincere and lovely question.

"Can I kiss you?"

"Not yet."

Of course, he never would have ask if he thought the answer was no (and he told her so). But, she assured just didn't seem quite right yet. Fast forward to her garage after driving home. That is when she let him kiss her. And, she had never felt warmth and love like this. She felt like she had truly arrived at a place called home. He would share the same sentiment with her while serenading her one evening with the song, "Home" by Depeche Mode.

Since that day, my life has been blessed in amazing ways. I have shared so many adventures and special moments with the man who truly is my other half. Yes, we have had our share of rocky moments (who doesn't?) and incredible obstacles (my sweet has survived cancer three times), but what matters most is that we always come back to each other, we look to each other for strength, growing more in love with one another every time.

As we wait for our Baby Dragon to arrive, this year's celebration seems that much sweeter. Who could've imagined that those two from the pier would be expecting a child?

I know that Ryan is going to be an amazing father. He has been a wonderful partner, loving husband, incredible best friend and a support unlike any other during the pregnancy. This blog post is dedicated to the kindest, sweetest, smartest, funniest man I have ever known. We have so many more adventures to come and we will have someone new with whom to share them.

p.s. Yes, today would be a pretty perfect day to have the baby. We will see what the day holds. No matter what, the day will end with a guy and a girl sharing a pint of Ben and Jerry's ice cream. It's sitting in the freezer. And, I know you want to know the flavor - New York Super Fudge Chunk. It's the ice cream we were eating on the pier.

1 comment:

Ryan said...

To My Love

I would consider myself just an average guy whom, on occasion, has gotten lucky a time or two. One of those moments would be when I was on a particular web site, in a particular chat room, and striking up a conversation with someone called Hurricane. Little did I know then how much my life would be altered for the best. (If you want to read more on how we met, read this Arizona Republic article from April, 2006. )

On the pier, that was truly magical. I remember the time we shared as immense joy. The ocean breeze, along with the Ben & Jerry's, brought a slight chill to my skin, but I was radiated with warmth from top to bottom. I was truly happy in that one moment of time. A bliss so pure, so perfect, it is forever etched in my memory.

In fact, over the past sixteen years, I have relived that feeling again and again. I feel that warmth when I look into your eyes, or see your beaming smile. I feel it holding you in my arms, kissing your lips. You are the source of my strength, my courage, my will to live, and I'm looking forward to our future endeavors together raising Baby Dragon.

Conventional wisdom says fairy tales are simply fantasies, that, "happily ever after" doesn't exist. I would have to disagree. Being with you, this has been, still is, and forever will be happily ever after. Happy Ben & Jerry's Day My Love. I look forward to sharing our pint tonight.