Valentine’s Day will always and forever be a special day for my husband and I. It’s special to us because it’s the day we had our first “date” (of sorts) eleven years ago.
Garrett and I met the first day of college at The Art Institute of Seattle. Actually before that. It was orientation. I was nervous and shy, and just wanted to get through orientation and get out of there unnoticed. I sat by a girl who looked quiet (like myself) and settled in to listen to the usual orientation info and tour. Then in walks Garrett. Loudly sharing with everyone about his debacle of a commute and making jokes with people he didn’t know yet. And, he sat next to me. I was mortified. He was loud and attention-grabbing and I didn’t want anyone looking my way that day. We received our portfolio bags full of art/design supplies and he immediately started going through his bag enumerating all of the items he already had, and had been using for years (many of which I had never seen before). All I could think was how poorly I was going to do at this school. I didn’t know what anything even was, and here was this guy who had experience with it all (a complete overreaction, to put it mildly).
He doesn’t remember it, but I do.
Flash forward to first quarter. I was in the cafeteria with a few girl friends and we were exchanging phone numbers in hopes of planning a carpool to school. He walks by and says, “Hey ladies! Can I get in on those numbers?!” I still didn’t know him. So, I didn’t know it was a joke. The other girls at the table did know him, and they just rolled her eyes. I thought he was rather forward.
A few quarters into our program I had my first class with Garrett. This is when my opinion of him started to change. Suddenly I started to notice that this “obnoxious” guy was actually pretty funny and talented. He was nice. He’d stop by my desk to talk to me and I would look forward to it. Just goes to show that first impressions aren’t always right!
Finally, Winter quarter 2001, we sat by each other in a class. Alongside one of my best college friends, Jess. We three sat in the back corner and did our best to keep our eyes open during “Art and the Law,” entertaining each other with jokes and notes. Evidently Jess noticed my new found interest in Garrett, because one day on our ride home from school she asked me, “Do you like Garrett?” in her typical matter of fact tone. I told her I did. And, the very next week in class there she was making things happen. She asked Garrett what he was doing for Valentine’s Day, and proposed he hang out with us. Next thing I knew she was giving him my phone number and so it began. We had our very first “date” or whatever you would call it (it was more friendly than dately) on Valentine’s Day 2001.
The date itself was fun, but the important thing was that it was the beginning of a lifelong friendship (and eventually love) for us. We’ve long called Valentine’s Day our “friend-a-versary,” and I am so happy that this Valentine’s Day is the first that I am spending as Garrett’s wife. He is truly my best friend, and my favorite person in the entire world.
A big shout out to Jess for getting things started for us eleven year ago. It pays to have awesome friends.
Hugs and Happy Valentine’s Day to all!