My Love Story~Chapter 24: California Trip

Today is my husband’s birthday, and I thought it was a great day to share another chapter of our Love Story. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I feel so bad leaving everyone hanging for so long (3.5 months) but it is a major effort (hours) to go through the old journals and pick out the nuggets to share here. Not to mention scanning old images to pull up. But I appreciate the nudges from all of you that care!!

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So I bought a ticket to go to California to see this boy, just one month after he visited me in Texas. I flew out on August 5th, 1999 on a 6am plane. When I arrived at 10am, Matthew was there to greet me with a smile, and sharply dressed clothes as I got off the plane. He even pointed out that he dressed up for me (he always preferred t-shirts and jeans). After a long hug, we weren’t quite sure what to do with ourselves, so we just started walking…no hand holding. We needed to adjust to each other again.

Once at his parents home, I met his mom and little 12 year old sister, Julie. She joined us on a driving tour of his home town, but that didn’t help our “adjustment phase.” We went to a playground and he pushed us both in the swings. After a while, we we dropped her off to go to what he called Coyote Reserve where we walked and ended up holding hands, but I think neither of us really knew what to do. I knew what I wanted him to do, but there seemed to be apprehension from him.  There was a slight peck of a kiss before a stranger walked by, and we pulled away.

Coyote Reserve

{See his “dressed-up-ness?” Clearly a little windy outside}

Back at his house, his dad pulled out childhood picture slides. It lightened the mood I felt, and was able to forget about “details” for now. After his parents went to bed, his sister Julie chatted with us while he gave me a foot massage. We were used to “free love” like that from our joint apartment friendship.  I fell asleep on his lap as he played with my hair, and woke up to him suggesting we head off to our rooms for the night.  Groggily, I hoped for more to the evening, but with a hug goodnight, we parted ways.

Now, I felt like an idiot, I kept thinking. Was I making all of this up in my head? I can’t believe I tried on a wedding dress last week.

The next day, I woke up to him sneaking in my room to wake me. I heard him, and opened my eyes as he was crouching near me. I’d like to think he was going to surprise me with a wake up kiss, but when I saw him, he altered his course. We packed up his truck and headed out to his favorite spot, Sunset Beach. As we drove, we listened to the mix tape I had given him six months before. Back when he first confessed his feelings to me via a letter.  It was filled with songs that made my heart bleed for him. I didn’t necessarily say that, but he had to know that, right?  We sang along, as we drove.

Matthew had told me before that Sunset Beach was a place that he went to to think. It was his favorite spot on earth, and he was bringing me. It was beautiful, for sure. Mountains, and sand dunes, all along the coast of the ocean.  We took off our shoes, and strolled in the sand, then built a sand castle.

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