Pardon me while I gush a bit. This is the story of Dan (AKA Good Lawyer) and I.
On a summer Saturday last year, I was hanging out with my best friend Brandon. We spent a few hours eating and drinking, laughing and talking. Somehow we ended up on the topic of dating and my prospects. I recounted each terrible date I’d been on and also each fantastic date. I’d been on a lot of bad dates recently (your friends weird film goth party?! really?!) and some fantastic dates but no matter what the date, I felt like it wasn’t the place for me. Some other girls might have been swept off their feet by those dates but I just didn’t ever feel a spark. After some joking around, Brandon and I decided to try OKC Local, a blind date app.
My entry was something along the lines of “Let’s go grab a GOOD beer tonight.” Within minutes I had several replies and one guy caught my eye. Less than two hours later, I was scooting downtown to meet Dan for the first time. I’m not going to say it was love at first sight. I’m not going to say, “I knew from that moment,” but there was something different about him. He made me laugh, we had inside jokes from the get-go and I couldn’t wait to spend more time with him. We spent the whole evening together and there wasn’t an awkward or silent moment the entire time. I knew I wanted to see this guy again. That’s how it has always been with Dan. Easy, simple, fun and I find myself always waiting for our next moment together.
Over the next few months Dan and I had adventure after adventure together, we went to Chicago festivals, experienced new things together, took a weekend trip to LA (where we first said I love you), made our way around Michigan and Indiana to visit some of the best breweries, took a trip to Austin to meet my family and each day was fun, each day I was left wanting more.
We aren’t perfect, no one is. We fight just like anyone else, and we’ve had our ups and downs and struggles. In the beginning of 2012, I had to make a very difficult decision about my career and our relationship. I was offered the opportunity to work in London for 3 months. Dan was excited that I had this opportunity but in all honestly, we weren’t thrilled about the idea of spending 3 months apart. On my last day in Chicago, Dan drove me to the airport and I completely lost it. I couldn’t believe I was leaving. Couldn’t believe I wouldn’t see him everyday. He walked me into the airport and I broke down as we said our goodbyes. The first few days were rough but Dan and I found ways of making the 4,000 mile difference work for us. Being apart has made us realize even more how much we love one another. Distance does really make the heart grow fonder.
While I was living in London, Dan and I were talking about the big M word. We had tossed around the idea before but the conversation had never been this serious. We knew we wanted to be with one another. I figured he’d propose within the next few months but I didn’t think it would be like this. Before I even knew it, he was calling my parents and asking for permission and word spread pretty quickly about our conversations. Next thing I knew, Dan and I are on Facetime with my mom in the background on Skype and Dan was proposing to me. This definitely wasn’t a typical proposal but it is very us. I laughed my way completely through it and I’ve had a smile on my face for the last week straight.
I’m so happy to have found someone that makes me laugh, a deep down belly laugh. And someone that I know I will have endless new experiences and adventures with. Here’s to our next great adventure. I can’t wait to spend it with Dan, all I ask is that you don’t take up too much room in my closet.