Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Chapter 1, Page 1: The First Date


Weddings are a hot topic in blog land.  So many women document their planning process and refer to blogs like Ruffled and Style Me Pretty daily.  Engagement is an exciting time, and although each wedding is different, there is a common bond between brides.  It's fun and stressful and creative and expensive and filled with love.  Engagement and weddings are defining pieces of the love story, but the beginning of the love story is just as important, though less celebrated.  It's where it all began -- chapter 1, page 1.

At 7:00 PM Pacific Daylight Time, I will have been on my first date with Mr. TBS six years ago, exactly.

We met nine months earlier at the first rehearsal for the Christmas Shamu Show.  After a packed day of classes starting at 7:30 AM and choir rehearsal, I took a quick nap in my car before heading to SeaWorld for rehearsal.  If I hadn't been working there for the last year and a half, I might have made myself more presentable, but all I cared about that day were the paper and project I had to turn in.  I was the only performer in the show, so after meeting the production team, trainers, and crew, I just sat with my script.  At the end of the night, I had a question but couldn't find the person to ask.  Low and behold, Mister walks in the door and finds me standing in the room by myself.

"Hi, Lindsay!  Are you looking for someone?"

"Yeah.  I had a question for Vicky about my costume from last year.  Do you know where she is?"

While he got on the phone to get the answer I sought, I remember feeling so embarrassed that I was wearing the infamous ill-fitting SeaWorld uniform and glasses to cover my no-make-up face.  (Those horrendous khaki pants need to be burned.)

In the months that followed, we ran into each other at work and shared friendly banters here and there.  The following summer, I hosted two shows in the park, one of which was at Shamu stadium.  I wouldn't say I hoped for him to be managing the show the days I worked, but it didn't hurt either.  I had told my mom about this really hot guy at work, but my exact words were: "He is my work crush.  But that's the point.  He's just a work crush.  I can't date him."  I never thought he'd be interested anyway.

Since the spring, I had known that I would be moving to NYC at the end of August for an AmeriCorps program, so nothing was on my radar.  On my last day of work, we happened to run into each other, and after small talk about my mom's birthday that weekend, when I flew out to NYC, and when I'd be back for my sister's wedding in the fall, he suggested that we grab lunch sometime before I left town.

That lunch never happened.  When his plan to "grab lunch" together turned into dinner at Peohe's on Coronado Island, I knew this wasn't going to be the burger-joint farewell I expected.  It was an official date!  The dating gods smiled upon us and gifted us with the most sincere and patient waiter who should have received rent money for the table we occupied for five and a half hours.  It took us two hours to order food, because we had so much fun talking.  Around the sixth time he checked in with us, he smiled apologetically because he felt bad to keep interrupting, because we looked like we were having so much fun.  How sweet was he?  The hours passed, we laughed a lot, we talked about the things we hoped for ourselves, and then Mister realized that no one else was in the restaurant.  Tables were vacant, and employees were cleaning.  The restaurant closed 30 minutes prior.  Oops!  After paying and apologizing profusely, we walked to the parking lot, talked some more, and hugged.  Mr. TBS likes to point out that I pulled away first... which I did, but I didn't know what to make of it.  I was moving to NYC in ten days, after all.

The next ten days were life-changing, and I had complete faith that making a long-distance commitment was worth it.  We're still writing our love story, but the very beginning is one of my most favorite parts.

20 comments:

Brittany said...

Aw!! Loved reading this story!
Great photo, You guys are the cutest couple ever!

XO

Allie Todd said...

So cute :)

Whitney said...

If I say that your hubs looks HOT in that picture, will you kick my ass tonight? My comment depends on the way you take that!!! haha

Amy said...

Ah I'm so excited to read the rest of this story :) What a cute start!

deertale said...

Awww goosebumps! All love stories make me so happy, but you're right the beginnings are so sweet and special no matter what the circumstance :) can't wait to read more about you love birds!

Table4One said...

What a great story!!! I got goosebumps :)

Phil and Darby Hawley said...

aww you're right! That is a sweet start! :-)

Martie @ Spunkyrella said...

What a nice first chapter! Lucky girl :)

Katie Price said...

What a happy story Lindsay! Those beginning moments are always some of the sweetest, where it doesn't matter what time it is all you want to do is keep talking. I look forward to reading the rest of your love story as you write it!

Meg O. said...

How sweet!! Greg and I did long distance for a while (how we started our relationship), but nothing like from CA to NYC! I am interested in hearing the rest.. I love love stories :) :)

Cait Emma said...

what a beautiful couple you two are :0) love this xo

Joelle :: Something Charming said...

I always love reading other peoples love stories :) I can't wait to hear the rest!

xoxo,
Joelle

Gesci said...

Awwwwwwwwwwww! (more! more!)

Artista said...

Beautiful Story!

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MindBodyandSoul Yoga said...

LOVE it!!!

Meg Cady said...

Hi... you're really cute.

Jasmine said...

So lovely :-) Can't wait to read more!! X

Jessica @ Lovely Little Things said...

So, so sweet!
I really hope this is part one of many posts that unveil your love story.
Because I WANT TO KNOW MORE :)

Love you and your beautiful smile!
xo

Janna Renee said...

Oh boy does this remind me of how Will and I felt when we first started! I knew from the beginning that he was different <3 I can't wait to hear more! (As a server, I hope that you did give the server extra money...haha)

Michelle said...

LOOOOOOOVE this! So precious! Just...sigh. Please write more. Please!