Have you ever experienced love at first sight? Is it just something you see in Life Time movies and read about in fairy tales? When I first met Michael it was not love at first sight. I don’t think there was anything wrong with that. It was like at first sight. And getting to know him didn’t take long, because within a few weeks I knew that this was a love for a lifetime. I remember after our third date telling my mom that “this is the man I’m going to marry”.
When my children were born it wasn’t love at first sight either (sorry to disappoint, kids). It was wonderful and exciting and scary all at once. But I never had that lightning bolt experience that you read about some new mom’s having. I was both in awe and terrified at the thought that I was now responsible for another human being. But, again, it didn’t take long. Within a few days they had my full and unconditional love, and they still do. The kind of love that doesn’t end, regardless of time or miles or circumstances or disappointments.
So imagine my surprise, shock even, to now, (at my age, ugh!) finally have experienced love at first sight. That lightning bolt experience. For someone new to come into my life and change my heart in such a profound manner. From the first time I saw him I knew this was the beginning of an incredible new relationship, unlike any I had ever experienced before. Someone that met me with no requirements. No expectations. No judgements. And I’m able to say that I see him the same way. With only love between us.
So how do you respond to such a weighty experience? Well, I responded the way I so often respond to things these days. With tears. Right there at our first meeting. And I wish I could say it was a gentle cry where the tears softly rolled down my cheek. But no. For me it was a big ugly cry. The one where you have to put your hand over your mouth to keep big audible sobs from alarming everyone around you. The one where your shoulders shake and you’re not sure your legs will hold you. I thank God for this new relationship in my life – for the hope of future days and new experiences, for the anticipation of many years ahead to get to know each other and learn from each other.
Welcome to my life Drew.