As per usual, when something you are excited about and looking forward to is coming up, something inevitably always goes wrong. So you must be wondering what went wrong this time... I got a silly summer cold. Yup, you read that right, I got a summer cold the week of dinner club, the week of hanging out with this long lost friend. I'm not one who usually goes to the doctor when I'm sick. I usually just let it run its course and proceed on. I'll sometimes take over the counter meds just so I'm not completely suffering but I usually just tough it out. Not this time. I didn't want to cancel. I didn't want to wait for my next chance to meet up with him. He lived in Kentucky, I mean seriously, how many chances would I get or how often??
So I did what any normal girl would do, I found my old high school year books and looked up his picture. I had to remember what he looked like! Yup, check, he looks like what I remembered from way back when... oh wait, those were from way back when. Well you get the picture, right? :)
The day before "the big day" he was able to take a vacation day and come home a little earlier than normal. He got in around 7pm. We talked and texted the whole way (I sure hope he wasn't texting while driving!!!). I didn't realize he was going to be in so early so I went over to the J's house to hang out and help Josh bake a cake. We were texting all through this. He was sending me pictures of shirts he had and pictures of him in a cowboy hat and all kinds of pictures. I think I sent him pictures of the cake I baked.
So the day came, July 25th. I woke up that morning and did the normal morning ritual of going to town with my mom. I'm not really sure we set out on a mission that day but we headed that direction non-the-less. While in town, of course I was watching the time. I had to get home, get my hair fixed, make-up on, and dressed before 4pm. That's when we had to leave to go to dinner. I volunteered to drive because he left his convertible top down all night and wouldn't you know, it rained.
While in town I looked at my mom and said, "We should go visit Dotti." Dotti is the Elizabeth Arden make-up rep at Macy's. She always loves giving me a make-over and I figured, hmmm... maybe we'd be lucky and she wouldn't be busy. Dotti hooked me up! I had beautiful make-up! Then we ran home and my mom decided to fix my hair for me. I then got dressed and I was ready to go.
As I pulled out the driveway though, I began to have second thoughts. I was so nervous at one point I almost ran off the road. Bad Nicole, don't drive on auto pilot. He gave me directions, drive all the way down Cedar. When the road comes to a T take a left. Go about 2 miles. When you start hitting the curves turn on the road to the left. You'll see a triple wide on the corner, that's my sisters. My mom's driveway is the next one on the left. You'll see the Big shop, make sure and turn there.
I was so nervous I was about to turn around and go home every chance I got. I so almost picked up the phone and canceled 4 times. I mean seriously, what if he didn't like me. What if I wasn't the girl he remembered. What if there was something wrong with me or I was too over dressed or I wasn't dressed up enough or I think you get the picture. Once I came to the T in the road left took me closer to his house, right took me to the highway.
I sat at the stop sign for what seemed like a year and turned my left turn signal on. 2 more turns to go and I'm there. Then all the scary thoughts popped back into my head.
(on a side note, these memories are making my knees weak and shaky just like that day)
Ok here's the S curves, there's the triple wide. Left turn signal on. Now look for the big shop on the left. There it is... There's his Miata. Oh crap oh crap. Ok I'll be fine, remember, breathe in, breathe out! Won't do me any good to pass out now. I looked at the clock on my car, 15 minutes early. Wow I'm never early... I know I wasn't speeding... I don't think. I proceeded to get out of the car, walked up the stairs and knocked on the door.
to be continued..... (I know I'm mean)
Peace, Love, and orneriness!