Okay Okay, I'll continue!!
So where was I? Okay I got off the phone with Andrew and made plans with Austin for a first date, MY first date ever!! Unfortunately, there were a few more days before I was 16 so instead of waiting until the weekend after my birthday, Austin and I decided that he should come over to my house to have a movie night with me. According to my parents, this WAS allowed before you were 16!
The night he came over I was sooo nervous!! Up until that day we had been nothing but flirting friends so this was so out of our normal interaction. We sat on the couch watching Land Before Time and slowly but surely throughout the whole movie we got closer and closer cuddling and holding hands. This was all like a dream come true to me, I couldn't believe it was all really happening. You know when you feel like someone is wanting to kiss you but you don't wanna turn your head cuz you WANT to kiss them but you don't want it to be obvious that you're turning to kiss them? Yeah, that's how it was. Finally we kissed, our first kiss ever! Awesome awesomeness!! I was so nervous about it because you just never know how people are gonna kiss. One bad kiss can totally turn you off or make you think completely differently about someone. My kissing philosophy at the time (and still is except I don't experiment anymore) was that there are no bad kissers in the world, just people that are more or less compatible with your kissing style. Austin was DEFINITELY compatible with my kissing style! So that night started the love affair and I knew the upcoming date could only get better!
The weekend following my birthday came quickly. We had planned our date that Saturday but Austin had to work at Old Navy in the morning so I had to pace back and forth in my home until he was off. He called me from work saying that he had planned for us to go on a picnic. He knew of a place by the lake we could bring blankets and food and just chill together. Sounded good to me! I couldn't wait, it didn't matter where we were I just wanted to be with him!
I waited and waited the whole day for Austin to call back and tell me he was on his way but NOTHING. Finally he called, but the day was almost over. He told me he ended up having to work late but he still wanted to go out. He asked me if i had any other ideas or if I still wanted to go on the picnic. Okay, it was my FIRST date, ideas?? Uhmm, No. I didn't care what or where we went, I just wanted to GO. I told him the picnic idea would be fine still (stupidly, I didn't think that it would be dark soon) so let's just do that. He said, GREAT and he was on his way to come and get me.
He showed up about an hour later with food and blankets and we were ready to go. I wore my signature GAP jeans and Dr. Martins to look especially HOT! The sun was close to setting and I was a little unsure about how we were gonna do this picnic thing but I of course didn't say anything, I was in the front seat of Austin's truck dude, this was magical! So we drive to this wooded area across the street from a neighborhood and he jumps the curb in his truck. He said the lake was through the trees but as soon as we started driving we realized it was SUPER muddy. He asked if I still wanted to do the picnic thing but maybe just in the back of his truck instead of on the ground since it's muddy. Uhmm, sure! I'm 16 and I have no clue what else to say to you but smile and agree to everything :) I didn't say that, but that was my thinking I'm sure. I know what you guys are thinking. This whole idea is turning into a real shady and sneaky scandalist idea from Austin...nooo, he wasn't like that, REALLY! I promise he had good intentions, they just weren't working out.
So we start to drive down to the lake but we didn't get too far before we couldn't go anymore, the truck was stuck. Crap. In the middle of the woods, the sun has set and we're stuck in the mud - this does NOT look good. We thought about STILL having the picnic in the truck and worrying about our disposition later, but that would probably only make things look MUCH worse than they really were so we got out and started to WALK. We were covered in mud up to our knees. My cute GAP jeans? Ruined. My Dr. Martins? Disgustingly dirty. You'd think a materialistic 16 year old would be concerned about all that but I wasn't. I was happy! I was holding hands with the guy I've been in love with for the last 2 years and we were together in the mud laughing about our situation. Austin had some friends who lived in the neighborhood that was across from the muddy forest we were in so we decided to walk that way for help. They were also members of our church so we were pretty sure we'd be in a mess of trouble trying to explain why Austin had taken me down through the forest in the dark on our first date. When we got there, they made us call our parents and tell them what had happened. Oh geez. I called first and my Dad was so mad. He told me to wait there and he would come and pick me up. I don't even remember how we got the truck out, I just remember waiting with Austin and whispering back and forth to him about how funny this all was and how much trouble I was gonna be in.
My dad arrived about 30 minutes later and took me straight home. I said goodbye to my love and that was goodbye for quite some time because I was grounded for the rest of the month. Stupid if you ask me because HONESTLY, there was nothing going on. It was all just bad judgement on both our parts. Innocent, I promise!
Luckily for me, before the month was up, our youth group had am overnight adventure planned to see Dallas after Dark. My dad was one of the youth leaders so he was there, but that didn't stop me and Austin from kissing ALL NIGHT LONG in the front seat of the bus. It was a nice reunion after our date disaster.
Halloween was the last day of October and the last and final day of my grounding but I was still home bound that night. I was bummed because all my friends were out having fun so I stayed up in my room being sad. THEN, the doorbell rang. Oh my gosh!!!! I ran down the stairs to open the door and see my lover standing there with none other than my favorite candy....tootsie rolls. I knew from that moment on that he was DEFINITELY the one for me. Two days later, the deal was finalized and we were together for two years from that point on until he left to Russia for his mission.