October 16 was an anniversary of sorts for me and Pat. We don't usually do much to celebrate it, but we like to acknowledge the day each year. For me, I feel like it is a really important, life changing day. October 16, 2001, I went out on the first formal date with Pat, and we decided to become an official couple that night. I remember parts of the date well. I remember being so nervous and excited before the date. I knew I really liked him long before this date. I remember what I wore and what he wore. I remember driving to the restaurant and Pat making fun of me because I still had the wipers on after the rain had stopped. At that point I remember thinking, maybe this date isn't going to turn out so well. Looking back I think it is so typical of Pat to make a comment like that. ;) I remember chatting during dinner and feeling remarkably comfortable with him. I don't recall any awkward silences. I remember the butterflies in my stomach when he asked if I wanted to be a couple. I remember blushing and saying yes. I remember being so happy that night and excited about the future of our relationship. I never could have imagined that from that date I would end up in the wonderful place I am now. I didn't realize that one date could lead me to the past 9 years of happiness. That one day changed the course of my life. I know it sounds cheesy, but really my life started that day. In my eyes that will always be a perfect date, and I am so lucky to have spent the last 9 years with such a wonderful, loving, and generous man.
Pat sent me beautiful flowers to mark the date. :)
Maybe at some later date I can tell you the story of how we actually met.