Do You Validate?

15 Feb

And there she was. Out of the corner of my eye, I could finally make out her facial features. Things were a bit blurry at first. I could see the sunlight illuminate her beautiful blond curls. From a short distance, I could actually see her infectious smile. As she parked her car next to mine, I could feel the butterflies exploding in my stomach. A zillion bolts of electricity bounced from neuron to neuron in my minuscule brain. You see, this was just supposed to be an ordinary blind date. I had never actually seen this woman in the physical form. Sure, we kind of knew each other. I mean, we had emailed and talked on the phone for months before this day. During the previous three months, our conversations accelerated from the standard day to pleasantries to deep, humorous thoughts on life, love and everything in-between.  An average day would yield hundreds, if not thousands of email messages. I would wake up each morning actually excited to get to work. The morning commute was excruciating and seemed to take hours. Each and every day, I would sit in bumper to bumper traffic anxiously awaiting the very moment I would be able to park my car, clock in, and open my email. Now all the sudden, the woman on the other end of the computer was nearly within arms reach. I knew this day would come. In fact, we had planned it for weeks. I could hear her put her car into park. She was so close I could hear the ratcheting sound of her engaging the emergency brake. I am not a nervous person by nature. Today, this was not the case. As our eyes met, I was absolutely frozen with excitement and fear. What if she didn’t like what she saw? What if I made a complete fool out of myself? I felt like a kid getting ready to give his first book report in front of the class. Truth is, I was just a kid. After all, I was just entering the first couple months of my 20’s. All I could do was smile. I could barely muster the word “hello”. To tell you the honest truth, I can’t even recall the first hour of our date. I know there was idle chit chat, food, and an adult beverage or two. Other than that, I was lost in my own thoughts. I was in complete and utter awe of this magnificent woman. I carefully studied every move she made. My brain tried to process and analyze every single word that effortlessly danced off of her lips. Occasionally, I would be able to form a coherent thought. Without stammering or stuttering, I would belt out a clever quip or two. I think it was just enough to fool her into thinking I was actually calm, cool, and collected. Nothing could have been farther from the truth. Before I knew it, our little rendezvous had ended. A simple hug and a handshake, then she was gone. You see, neither one of us knew that this so-called ordinary blind date would, in fact, be the last first date either one of us would ever attend. Neither one of us had a clue just how different life would be from that moment on. Nearly a decade has passed since that serendipitous afternoon. I have no clue how I accomplished it, but I somehow, someway convinced this wonderful woman to love me, marry me, and eventually give birth to two beautiful children. I am definitely one lucky ones. Most people go through years and years of wandering around like lost patrons asking each and every potential host or hostess, “Do you validate?”. Me? I simply had to pull myself together enough to unlock the car door, smile, and hang on for the ride of my life.


6 Responses to “Do You Validate?”

  1. Michelle Dickerson February 15, 2010 at 11:50 am #

    This is amazing!! Very, very sweet and poetic and just………….amazing!! Kuddos to the author! You guys are perfect together!!

    • studioeightonesix February 15, 2010 at 11:58 am #

      Thanks, Michelle! :)

  2. mis February 15, 2010 at 12:39 pm #

    I can’t count the number of times I have told my best friend that her husband is a gem….but you are truly one of those amazing, multifaceted, brilliant, one of a kind, perfect diamonds. What a lucky girl she is to have you!

    • studioeightonesix February 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

      Wow, Missy! Thank you very much. I honestly am at a loss for words with a compliment like that.

  3. Tiffany February 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm #

    This is a truly beautiful account of your blessings, great piece. Kudos Teej!

  4. Tracey February 15, 2010 at 3:00 pm #

    TJ, this was great. It’s so fun to know you guys, you are wonderful couple and have made a beautiful life together. Glad to be a part of it!! I wish you guys ten thousand more happy years!

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