October 22, 2012

for radley — a little birthday love note:

I remember when you were the New Guy, our guy friends' friend, the one they said we'd love.

I remember the day you sent me a dozen red roses only weeks after we met. I remember thinking Is this guy for real? and then seeing the way you looked at me and deciding that you were.

I remember when things weren't so easy, but you had all the faith in the world.

I remember the first I love you and the second I love you but ever since then, I've sort of lost track. Truth is, I think I remember the special, unspoken I love you's most clearly.

I remember when it was June and we were graduating and we weren't sure of anything but each other. How afraid we were and how excited and how terribly, wonderfully sure.

I remember the moment your plane landed in Chicago. I remember running up to meet you — in wild disbelief that you'd actually moved across the country to be with me. I remember crying.

I remember watching you fall in love with the city, my friends, my family.

I remember the first night in our empty apartment, our sweet and simple living room picnic: just us, a few sleeping bags, and a sprawled-out blanket lined with pillows and takeout Chinese.

I remember walking on a quiet, snowy day, the half-smirk you gave as you mentioned forever.

I remember the night you proposed — how everything felt so magical and surreal that we just kept looking at each other, exchanging silly grins, silent because we knew the words would've failed.

I remember those first few weeks in San Francisco, the early morning runs along the water, how we'd turn to each other and say: We're meant for this city, this state, this life, each other.

I remember, best of all, vowing to be yours, the promises we made, the friends and family who surrounded us. I remember how you seemed lit from within, so filled with love that you were glowing.

And I remember every day why it's you, why it's us — why it's all worth remembering.

(Photo: The beginning | Fall 2008)

17 comments:

Pen said... [Reply to comment]

How beautifully put. The Husb and I have a similar at the beginning photo and memories of our first place/beginnings in the city. The little joys of finding your person when you're young, college kids starting life as a duo. :)

Becky Turnbull said... [Reply to comment]

This is beautiful, so heart warming. I genuinely have goose bumps right now. Ahh its just so adorable xx

nishaantishu said... [Reply to comment]

So lovely :)

Anisha Pradahn said... [Reply to comment]

This is so beautiful. I'm gonna have to steal a line or two for a text message:p

Wish you both the best of life :)

+Not Just My Allegories+

Francesca Forzoni said... [Reply to comment]

sweetheart that was beautiful - absolutely beautiful xx

sahara said... [Reply to comment]

how sweet//
happy birthday !

Joana said... [Reply to comment]

How lucky!
I'm kind of jealous right now! :)

Treasure Tromp said... [Reply to comment]

such sweetness.

AM said... [Reply to comment]

Beautiful, what an amazing love you both share!

Kristin said... [Reply to comment]

Love this!!!

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Niken said... [Reply to comment]

you make me melt too :)
isn't it great to have someone who never gives up on us, even when we give up on him?

and Happy birthday for Radley!!!
or 'selamat ulang tahun' as how we say it in indonesian

humanityiloveyoubecause said... [Reply to comment]

I have read this six or seven times and it gets better each time. Thank you for sharing.

k8te said... [Reply to comment]

this is so sweet, what a beautiful letter!

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Allie said... [Reply to comment]

goodnessss gracious laura... this is absolutely beautiful and gives me so much hoping for finding my radley in the future!

Rachael {all things beautiful} said... [Reply to comment]

I say this every time I comment on your posts, but you truly are such an amazingly beautiful writer. I always look forward to your posts. Keep it up. And what a beautiful love letter to your hubby. I'm sure he knows how lucky he is!