There are words that instill fear in everyone.
Three week visit from your mother-in-law.
Now -- I had gone on a lot of blind dates in my life. Some were great and a lot of fun. Some were horrible. And some left me babbling about my cats for two hours.
So a little history. In 1996 I was poor. Like dirt poor. You-can-never-be-so-broke-in-your-life poor.
I had a part-time job, a two-room apartment, a 10 year-old car and no phone. I was poor.
And I was done with dating. Totally. Completely. DONE.
All men were toads.
I was convinced that the next stop in my life was the convent. Live with women. Never mind the fact that I wasn't Catholic. Or a lot of other things. I was never going to deal with dating again!
But a young gal that I worked with convinced me that I should go out with her father.
'Cuz her dad wasn't a toad.
So ... remembering the fact that I had no phone .... he had to come into the lumberyard that I worked at and ask me out.
In front of an audience.
Why?? Because the fore-mentioned daughter told everyone in the store that he was going to ask me out. I remember it as her announcing it over the PA system .... but she tells me that I am obviously senile and she did not do that!
I said yes ... and then the anxiety attack set in.
What do I wear???? Remember --- poor = blue jeans and sweatshirts.
Then ... the panic attack .... no, I am not going!! I walked to the corner, called my BFF. In true BFF-style, she told me to go .... get a doggie bag .... have a good time.
And she said ......... I have a good feeling about this.
Seventeen years later, the good feelings continue.
The great thing about a truly wonderful relationship ........ it seems like you just met and it feels like you have been together forever.
Thank you, my Honey for taking a chance on me --- with my anxieties, insecurities and damaged soul.
Tonight .. we will celebrate that date 17 years ago with a little beer, a little pasta and a salad .......... with blue cheese dressing.