November 2, 1994. 14 years ago "to the date" (as Janae always says). It was a Wednesday night and as most Wednesday nights I was at church for our usual activities. I was 16 years old and had just turned 16 less than a month ago. As most Mormon girls, I wasn't able to date until I was 16 so even though it had almost been a month I had only gone on but a handful of dates with my new Love...Austin. I'll explain why later but for now, back to church.
So instead of being where I SHOULD be with the YW, I was in the foyer trying to finish my Spanish homework. I had my Spanish book and my workbook with me as I sat on the couch confused at whatever I was working on when Austin came into the building and whatever confusion I was going through at the moment turned 10 fold when I saw him. My heart started beating fast! I knew he'd be there that night which was why I made SURE my hair was perfect and my makeup was refreshed before I left from church. I probably smiled at him and said Hi but acted like my homework was them most important thing at the moment as I kept working on it. He sat in the chair across from me with his basketball, dribbling it on the floor. We flirted back and forth with each other for most of the night until he asked to see what I was working on. I gave him my workbook and he asked for the pen too. He started to write something on my book so I waited. Finally he gave it back to me. I looked at what he had written to find two stick figures, one was me, the other him. They each had those speaking bubbles above their head and his said, "Will you be my girlfriend" and mine was blank. My face turned red (I'm sure, it always does) and I looked up at him to see him smiling back at me. I grabbed the pen from him and wrote my answer in my bubble, "YES!" I gave the book back to him and he smiled to see my answer. It was an awkward 16 year old moment as we were both too shy to really talk about what had just happened. He moved over to my couch, gave me a hug and then went back to dribbling his basketball. It was church, so it was probably best that we didn't mug down right there for everyone to watch (even though I wanted to sooo badly!!) I had waited for this moment since I was 14 years old and he moved into my church so for it to be REALLY happening was surreal, but I stayed calm (I think) and smiled the biggest smile inside for no one to see. I still have that Spanish workbook and if it wasn't piled under 243 boxes in my storage closet I'd go get it and show you. Maybe another day?
Rewind to a few weeks before my 16th birthday just over a month before all of this. I had a boyfriend named Andrew who I had been "going with" for almost a year. He lived 40 minutes away from me and I wasn't allowed to date so "going with" only meant that we would talk on the phone 24/7 and dance together at Saturday night church dances and kiss in the parking lot.
Even though he was my boyfriend, my heart had belonged to Austin since he moved in. I was only 14 and I remember bringing my friend Natalie to church one Wednesday night just to "show" him to her and tell her that this was the boy I was going to marry. Austin, on the other hand, was a little player. He didn't show any interest in me except for his occasional flirting handshake we would do when we'd see each other, but he flirted with everyone. He knew I was head over heels in love with him which was pathetic but how could I hide it when I'd call his home number (I still remember it 303-0532) and wait for him to answer only to hang up when I heard his voice. How ridiculous right? I'm still embarrassed of how stupid I was as a 14 year old.
As I got closer to 16, I of course calmed down a little. I had a boyfriend so I wouldn't call Austin's house anymore or flirt as much, but I still jumped at the chance to talk to him in the halls or shake his hand holding it just a "little" longer than a normal handshake should last just to get that tingly feeling in my stomach. Luckily for me, my dad was in need of extra help at his work. Austin started working for my dad and he tells me NOW that as he would stare at the pictures of me in my dad's office, "I GREW on him". Nice, isn't that a nice feeling to know that you"GREW" on your husband?? haha. So a few days before my 16th birthday, I was on the phone with Andrew (as usual) when I had a call interruption so I switched over. It was Austin! NO FREAKIN WAY! He's calling me?! I couldn't believe this! I talked to him for a little bit and realized that he was asking me out on my FIRST date! He was calling because he knew I had a boyfriend so he wanted to know if I that would be a problem. A problem?! I've had a steady boyfriend for a WHOLE year and you wanna know if that's gonna be a problem? Uhmm NO! I told him to hold on as I switched over to Andrew's line. Poor poor Andrew. I think he already knew I had a crush on Austin long before this fateful day. Poor Andrew who had been waiting a whole year to go on my first date with me and I was about to break his little heart. I told Andrew that I wanted to break up. Break up? What for? Uhmm, Austin's on the phone. He wants to go on a date with me. But...why? It was horrid having to tell that poor boy it was over but come on people...this was AUSTIN!!! Andrew started to cry and so did I as I got off the phone with him, but my tears quickly dried as I switched back to Austin's line to tell him that I no longer had a boyfriend and it was NOT a problem anymore!! Typing this out makes me realize just how much of a B I was to Andrew that day BUT, look at the importance that single day has made in my life! I don't regret it a single bit!
So we made a date and it couldn't have come fast enough!! I couldn't WAIT for my first date to be with AUSTIN! The story only gets better from here but I don't wanna bore you so I'll let you vote...do you wanna hear more? Leave me your vote in your comments but be honest, my feelings won't be hurt if this is boring!