As many of you may have read, Aaron wrote a beautiful post explaining the story of how we’ve met. I’ve had a few people ask me to tell my side of the story… so while it may not be nearly as eloquent, here goes!
A few months ago, I was lurking through Tumblr and found an incredibly well-written personal post explaining how the most attractive woman he had ever met was a size 18. It made me smile, as any body-positive post would do, and I decided to follow this insightful man. I really liked the way he thought, and told him that his post had gained him a new follower!
Shortly thereafter he followed me back, and we began reading, replying and reblogging one another’s material from time to time. I would like to express that at the initial time he and I “discovered” one another, I was seeing someone, and there was absolutely nothing but platonic interest towards Aaron. It was like any of the other people I follow whom are brilliant and insightful and amazing.
I went through a pretty rough break-up shortly after Aaron and I e-met, and planned on remaining single for quite some time. I really wanted to do some heavily me-focused things for a while, and I was bound and determined not to lose sight of myself ever again.
Well, as the world often goes, things didn’t go exactly according to plan. Aaron had friended me on Facebook and I learned, to my surprise, that he lived in the same city as me. I was excited, because I love meeting like-minded people. And that was the insane thing, even from me just kind of creeping on his blog I was realizing that there was very little he and I disagreed on! To keep in-line with my ever-creepy self, one night on an ih8religion TinyChat I decided to ask him where he lived.
As luck would have it, he lived up the street from me. I was surprised, needless to say!
I began growing more and more active on TinyChat, and I was beginning to realize that I was slowly beginning to develop an.. interest in this fascinating man. Shortly after this realization, he gave me his number over Facebook, and we have honestly been in constant communication since then. One night I proposed that he and I meet up for coffee—to my delight, he was interested!
Later that week we decided upon a Starbucks near my apartment, and I arrived extra early because that’s pretty much how I roll. I was a strange mixture of excited and nervous—this guy seemed really awesome, and I really wanted to get to know him.
As I began my vicious battle with a package of mango sweets, I noticed out of the corner of my eye a man approaching. I instinctively looked over, and immediately recognized him. I’m amazed I remained as calm as I was, to be honest, because let me tell you what, Aaron is an incredibly handsome man! He has this air of absolute confidence about him that I picked up on immediately, and I knew beyond a shadow of a doubt that I was instantly attracted. I played it off pretty well though, if I do say so myself—a confident personality in another person tends to bring out my own confidence.
We wound up talking forever. I could’ve sat there for the rest of the night and talked to him. We talked about anything and everything, and I couldn’t get enough of him. Throughout the entire evening I was battling with my brain, because call me crazy, but there was a very definite spark between the two of us—physically and mentally.
The night drew to a close, and we parted with a simple shake of the hand.
I could not get him out of my head.
Our texts slowly turned from general conversation to getting to better know one another, then ever-so slowly to flirty. I woke up each morning excited because I knew I had this amazing person to talk to. I knew what I wanted and where I wanted this to go, but I had some baggage I didn’t want to bring to the table, and I simply enjoyed having him in my life in any way.
We both got a bit more brazen with one another, until the incredibly romantic night we decided that we both liked “Us.” We were sitting on a blanket in the park, a comfortable night with the stars above us, and he had me cradled in his arms. I was leaning against his chest, and it dawned on me, I really like this. This is what I want.
So I told him.
This has been one of the most exciting, intimate, and passionate experiences of my life. I may be young, but I have a good idea about just what love is, and I am 100% sure we have it. In fact, I have never been so sure of anything in my life as I am about how madly in love with this man I am. He is brilliant, kind, and considerate. He is confident and I love this about him. He is very sure of his place in the world, and I tell you what, standing beside him in it has made me an incredibly happy woman.
Uhm… I’m speechless.
I feel so very lucky, I’m so happy I met you.