I would like to thank everyone who gave me such great advice from my last article, “When You Know, You Know.” It warmed my heart to see such supportive people in the world and to see that it helped out a few people along the way.
Now for the real title of this article …
I’ve Found the Love of My Life
A few months ago, I posted an article and it was directed to a woman I met online and fell madly in love with. Love, it’s a strong word, and should be used with all the best intentions. Now from that line, it sounds like disaster has struck. On the contrary, some wonderful news is coming to you, the reader’s, way.
When Elizabeth Bennet and I first met, we had known each other for three months. And in the seven months that we’ve known each other, last weekend was the first time that we admitted our love for each other. You see, we didn’t want to say “I love you” as soon as we met each other. Although we had the feeling in our minds, we knew we had to feel it in our hearts. So instead, I came up with an alternative, and for the past three months, we expressed our feelings by saying “I like you.” I know this sounds silly, but I will explain the reason now.
We all know that when we get into a new relationship, we say “I love you” to our new found “partners.” But in the back of our minds, do we really mean it? I’m twenty-one years old and out of all the relationships I’ve had, I’ve never said this to anyone I’ve dated until now. The truth is we did not want to say it to each other without the feeling coming from our hearts, and not what was built up in our minds. I’ve seen it before and I wanted to be sure that when I said it, I had the utmost meaning behind it. So here’s how it came about …
A few weekends ago, Elizabeth came to my house for our weekly visit (it was her turn to visit me). I had a great idea to take her for a ride down the river where I grew up and learned the true value of work (hard to believe coming from a down-home country boy IT Technician). Everything was going great, I hooked up the boat to my truck, we started off down the back canal, and everything was great … But then the motor killed, and after five minutes of fighting with it, I got it going again. So we made our way back, but all of a sudden, I hit a log floating in the water.
Now I have a small sixteen-foot flat boat and the outboard on it should kick up in case I hit something so it can pass under it. But it didn’t, and it jammed the steering and threw us into the bank, and she went flying out the boat into the water. I, in a panic, dove out of the still-running boat and went to get her. Needless to say, we were both all right, we made it back after I picked up the boat and put it back in the water, and we used the trolling motor to get back to the launch. I was afraid. Not for what had happened, but for her. I knew that I had to tell her what was in my heart right then and there. So later, when we got home, we were about to order dinner and I sat her down and said:
“I … have a confession to make, or better yet, I have something to tell you. I know how you feel about this subject, and whether it’s early, just right, or late, I have to say it. I love you. What happened today made me realize it could have been worse than my bummed knee or the bruise on your back. And I want you to know that I love you with all my heart and that I will do anything in my power to keep you happy and safe.”
I was worried that I had just made an a$$ of myself, but when she put her hand to my cheek and said “I love you too,” my heart melted. I had waited twenty-one years and went through four girlfriends to hear that.
I can honestly say that when we said that, it wasn’t said in vain and wasn’t said just because. We said it because we had it in our hearts and when it’s too much for your heart to contain, it has to come out. We knew it and now we are ready to spend a very long time together. I can honestly say, I have found the love of my life. I know because when I get up in the morning with a smile on my face and ready to take whatever comes, knowing that I have someone to share my good or bad day with whether she’s there or on the phone, and I’m the same for her, then that, ladies and gentlemen, is our definition of true love.
I look forward to a great future with Miss Elizabeth Bennet and I can’t wait to see what the future holds!