the love story
Ours is kinda like that cliche love story that you see in the movies. Call it luck, life, or whatever you want, but i call it fate. Jimmy is one of my childhood best friends, my neighbor, and now the man i am going to spend the rest of my life with.
I feel like I have known Jimmy for as long as I can remember. We first met when I moved into his neighborhood when I was 11 and he was 12. I always had the hugest crush on him, although for some reason I was always trying to deny it. I dated his best friend for a period of time but we broke up because it was pretty obvious that I was crazy about Jimmy.
Jimmy was and is THAT guy. Hes bad ass, handsome, charming, sexy, smart, funny, basically everything a girl could ever want. And trust me, I wasn’t the only girl who wanted him. We were on again off again starting from age 13. You have no idea how mad he used to make me. When things were finally going right one of us would always do something stupid, or act like a jerk (that was mostly him hehe) to mess it up. Finally, after years of that back and forth rollercoaster of a relationship, I wrote him a letter basically saying either he dated me OFFICIALLY and EXCLUSIVELY or we just didnt hang out anymore. It took so much for me to do that. The last thing I wanted was to lose my best friend, someone I had known and counted on for so many years. But, I was so tired of the games. I loved him so much and just wanted to know if he felt the same way about me (of course he tells me two years into dating that he always loved me, he just thought I was too good for him and was afraid I wouldn’t stick with him when he joined the Army. wow, was he wrong about that) But lucky for me, my black mail worked! And he asked me to officially be his girlfriend on my 17th birthday! Best birthday present ever I might add…we always joke that if I hadnt been so stubborn and wrote that letter who knows where we would be?
The first year and a half of being together Jimmy and I were inseperable. We literally did EVERYTHING together. Every moment that we weren’t working or at school we were together. summers were the best. our first summer together we went to the beach twice..(to this day my mom has no clue cause i had to lie to her so i could go with him)..he taught me how to surf that summer. That was the summer that we really got to know eachother. We had always been best friends, but Jimmy was always mysterious and I knew I didnt know everything about him. We would sit on his front porch and talk for hours. Sometimes all night. We would have bonfires and cuddle up and tell eachother secrets. We would get drunk and run around the neighborhood laughing, kissing, having sex everywhere. We REALLY got ot know eachother that summer. The next summer after my senior year I pretty much moved in with him. We would got to the cliffs near our house and go cliff jumping. Of course we went to the beach and surfed…A TON :) we fought like siblings and made up like the crazy teens we are. That was the summer before he left for basic. He took me to all the meetings with the recruiter. Which helped a ton. I really like that he had me super involved with everything. I went off to college at the end of the summer, but ended up disenrolling from the college because I missed Jimmy so much. People judge me on that decsion, but I wouldnt change it for the world. I ended up coming home and working full time until I could go to Towson University. And of course spent all the time I could with jimmy before he left.
Eventually he did leave for basic. But it wasnt nearly as hard as I thought it would be. We wrote letters every single day…I think we have 242 in total :) He got to call a lot because he always won the challenges they had. I got to see him pretty often too between xmas exodus and family day. In fact, we have always made it a priority to see eachother. Throughout all of his training I have seen him about once a month. I am very thankful for this and am glad we are both so dedicated to it. The best time was when he surprised me by coming home during airborne. He told me to go outside and look at the stars, that it would make us feel closer. I went to open my front door to go outside and he was standing on my front porch!! That was hands down the sweetest thing anyone has ever done for me.
Anways between basic, airborne, and RASP his training took a while. Nonetheless we have made it work :) I’ve always stuck by his side and he by mine. I think that fact that we always stay positive and expect the unexpected helps a shit ton. We have really adapted to the military life style. Jimmy now is stationed at Ft. Benning, Georgia and I live in Maryland. We travel back and forth as much as we can, him flying, me driving the insane 12 hour drives!!! oh, the things we do for love <3
On June 18, 2011, the weekend that he graduated from RASP, Jimmy proposed to me. It was the cutest proposal ever (I tend to keep the details to myself cause I feel like it was such a personal moment, but all I can say is he nailed it!) It was seriously the best day of my life. I can’t wait to marry my love, best friend, and hero and see what the future has in store for us<3 Cause no one can ever make me happier than he does!!