A few nights ago, I found a messenger transcript from mine and Jarretts first chat session, before we had met. It was so much fun to read, and made me realize that I have never written a blog about how we had met. Not that I would ever forget, but it is a great story.
After breaking out of a very long relationship that I finally realized was not making me happy, I was very hesitant about jumping into the dating world. After a few unsuccessful attempts, I had decided that maybe dating was not for me, and I would become the crazy old lady with all the cats. It was early September, and I got a random myspace message from this guy. It said:
Hi ya Lisa! My name is Jarrett and you went to my high school. I think I recognized you from there or did you ever work out at Mountain Side Fitness? I used to work there and you look kind of familiar. Anyhow, I am kind of new to this myspace thing and I saw a familiar face so i thought i would drop you a line. Must say you are absolutely gorgeous in the photos of yourself in the car. You have beautiful eyes. Send me a line sometime if you like. Talk to ya later!
Now seeing as I had recently updated my account to say "single" I would get a plethora of messages from random guys, all saying "your hot!" or somthing as equally charming. I would usually click delete without giving it a second thought. But Jarrett was different. I knew I recognized him too, and we had gone to the same high school. So I clicked on his picture, and this is what popped up:
I had to stop and get a paper towel to mop up the drool... and then I checked out the rest of his profile. We had a LOT in common. Now I had just booked a trip to Australia, and he had lived there for a year. So I struck up a friendly message back and forth about Oz, and we figured out that we recognized each other from H.S., but had in fact never met. He graduated 2 years before me. After a couple days of excitedly checking my myspace messages, and writing back and forth, we exchanged messenger chat names. The very next day, (a Tuesday) I logged on to MSN as soon as I got home, and sure enough there he was. We chatted for 4.5 hours, and I felt so comfortable talking with him. It seemed like we had known eachother for ever. We were talking about my love of rock climbing, and I had plans to go that Friday with a big group of friends. I told him that he was more than welcome to come sometime, and he said he would love to come that Friday. We ended the chat, and I went to bed truely happy and excited for the first time in a long time. First and foremost, i was excited to meet someone new. I had no expectations, but was looking forward to meeting this guy.
We had decided to meet at my place, and drive accross town together, since we lived 5 minutes apart. I was pretty excited. We had also made tentative plans to go out for drinks afterwards, and my sister was going to join us. She was a bit skeptical of the whole thing, and said " I bet you $20 he turns out to be a dork!" But at around 6:15, right on time, there was a knock at the door. I opened it, peeked around and there he was. I swear it was love at first sight. I had decided to wear black pants, and a white tank top. You will never guess what he was wearing... yup. Black pants and a white tank top. We were twins. Haha, I opened the door and said, Hi! nice to meet you. We shook hands, and I invited him in. He was cuter than the pictures. And his smile was totally contagious. I brought him inside, and he met my sister. WE talked for a bit, then I whipped out my phone to check the time. He was like, oh my God! and pulled his phone out... we had the same phone! We didn't realize that this was the first instance of many that we would do, or say the exact same things. (To this day, almost once a day we say the exact same thing at the exact same time. It freaks us out every time)
We decided to hit the road, and when I got to his car, he had a water for me, (so sweet!) and we made the half hour drive to the rock gym. We just started chatting away, and there was never a dull moment in the conversation. I was not nervous at all. Everything was completely comfortable, and relaxed. After meeting some of my friends, and having a fun night of climbing. (he was very good) We decided to head back to our part of town, and go to a local irish pub. My sister was going to meet us there. We found a spot to sit down, and continued our conversation that had not stopped since the night began. My sister finally showed up, and when Jarrett went in to get us another round of drinks, she said: " By the way... I owe you $20!"
When he came back, my sister went to join her friends, We sat there and were holding hands, and I asked him to tell me a crazy story of his travels. He said: "I'll tell you a story... " Then he leaned over, pulled me close and kissed me for the first time. I just about melted right then and there. My sister remembered pointing us out to her friends, saying "Thats my sister and her date over there -> " and her friend asked, "how long have they been together?" And they all couldn't beleive it when she told them that it was our first date. We were just THAT comfortable from the very beginning.
After the bar was getting ready to close, we didn't want the night to be over, so we got a bottle of wine to share with my sister, and headed back to our place. We were talking untill very late, like 3:00 or so in the morning, when he said he should probably go. He asked me when he could see me again. I didn't want to play any games, and be like hmmm, I might be free next week. I wasn't kidding anybody, I really liked this guy! I asked him when he was available, and he said, "What about brunch tomorrow?" I smiled, and said of course! There was never a question that he was feeling the same way as I was. It really did feel like we had known eachother forever.
It was one week later, that we decided to make things official. We were a couple. Life can change at the drop of a hat. Since that day, things have fallen into palce, and I can't imagine what life would be like without him. He is my soul mate, and I am so happy we have found eachother. I can't wait to experience all the things that this world has to offer with him at my side.