And yes, it does involve a man.
My friend invited me to go to church with her one Sunday. I arrived early and waited in the hall until she arrived. Naturally, I looked around me to see what was happening. (I'm a people-watcher.) There was quite a crowd down the hall near the entrance to the chapel. I watched as people moved about, giving hugs, saying hello, and asking about the weekend. For a moment the crowd parted and my gaze met his. (Cheesy and dramatic, I know.) He was standing near the door, handing out Sunday programs. Can I get a "Hello, Handsome?!"
I waited at my end of the hall until my friend arrived, then she and I entered together. Handsome handed my friend a program and he asked if I would like one. I smiled and said I would share with my friend. We went in and sat down. I leaned over to my friend and asked "Who was that in the blue by the door?" She smiled and said "Oh, that's Handsome."
The sacrament meeting started. Mid way through the service, I noticed Handsome sitting near the front. He casually turned around, our eyes met and I smiled. (Actually, I think I accidentally winked.)
I didn't see him for the rest of the three hour block. Apparently he had left early. I didn't think much of it. I said goodbye to my friend at the end of church and went to the restroom. When I came out, I ran into her in the hall. She pretty much attacked me "DID YOU GET MY TEXT?!" She then proceeded to tell me that Handsome had texted her and asked about me because he thought I was super cute. :)
The following day my friend gave Hansome my number. He contacted me that day and asked me out for the weekend.
Saturday we went to a Salt Lake Bee's game. We really hit it off. Everything was perfect--the evening even ended with fireworks on the baseball field. Sigh.
We continued to see each other for the next 2 weeks. We didn't have to play the dating game, the "should I wait to text him/her? I can't see them for another two days--it's too soon" We just spent time together because we wanted to, because we enjoyed each other's company. Things were going well, we were talking every day and it seemed just too good! But one day he told me he didn't feel that it was right for us to keep dating. It was disappointing, to say the least. My recent dating experiences have seemed to go this way: I like him, he likes me. Then a week or two later he isn't dating me anymore. (*Sigh.* One day it'll work out.) (:
My point in sharing all of this isn't to complain, I really can't complain about the good experience I had while dating Handsome. The dates we had were fantastic. He's an amazing person and I am glad I know him. I'm writing this post mostly just to pay tribute to good men. (And to apologize for being blog-absent for so long.)
Even though this relationship didn't work out as I would have liked, I am grateful that I had the experience of dating such a sweet man. It gives me hope for the future (maybe one day I'll find another guy like him!).
So, Mr. Handsome, thank you for being a gentleman. Thank you for singing in the car with me. Thank you for treating me with respect. Thank you for being considerate. Thank you for the sweet kisses. ;) Thank you for just being amazing. :) It's refreshing to date someone who is so good.
And so dear readers, though dating may be hard--with its many ups and downs--try to find what's right! Enjoy the ups! Don't worry too much about the downs. Focus on what you're learning and how your experiences are helping you grow. Life presents us with opportunities to learn every single day. So, seize the day! :) Enjoy the moment. Spend time with people you like. Be kind. Reach out. Build yourself and others.