It all started with a hat.

Dear Valentine,

The way I remember it, our love story begins with a hat. This one to be exact.

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A Chicago Cubs cub with a little bear holding a bat. Today, that’s kind of ironic- seeing as in how big of a Royals fan you are.

We were on spring break in Panama City. It was 2011 and I was a senior in college. I had no intention of meeting you. I had no intention of falling in love with you.

But then I saw you, wearing this hat.

You were standing with your friend in the middle of Spinnakers watching some band I never heard of. I was feeling a little bit of a buzz. I was hanging out with my friends but for some reason, I couldn’t get my mind off of you. I was never the kind of girl to walk up to a random guy in a bar. But for some reason that only God knows, that night I did. I looked over at my friend and told her you were cute (so lame, I know). She grabbed my hand, walked me over to you, and asked the dumbest question in the history of ever.

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“Is that hat really from 1914?”

I will never forget the look on your face or how dumb founded I was just standing there. I too, could not believe those words came out of her mouth. But hey, if they didn’t- I wouldn’t be writing you this letter today. (Thanks Britt!)

She walked away and left me standing there with you. And from that moment on, you were in my life. Heck, you even took me on a date to Jimmy Buffet’s Margaritaville. Who goes on a date on spring break?

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You went back to Kansas, I went to West Virginia. I never thought I would see you again. You left just like the Luke Bryan song, “Faded Away”.

But throughout the next year, you would text me. It would be short conversations, hello’s, goodbye’s, drunken calls, and a bunch of shenanigans. Just when you would exit my memory, you would find a way to push your way back in.

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Fast forward one year later and I was heading back to Panama City for round 2. That’s when I saw you again. That’s when I knew it was fate. That’s when the awkward picture of us was taken because we didn’t know what to say to each other.

That’s when you left and I stood there more confused then I have ever been in my entire life. I was in love and I didn’t even know you.

After that moment, God was on our side. I had a job interview in Topeka and stayed with you for a couple days. I went to my first Royals game and you asked me to be your girlfriend.

089Your friends became my friends. My friends became yours. You even drove to West Virginia three weeks later just to tell me you loved me. It moved so fast but neither of us ever second guessed it. When you know, I guess you just know.

For one year- we bought countless flights back and forth between states. We drove our parents crazy and we even surprised each other a couple of times.

Valentine, we have moved mountains together. You moved to West Virginia one year later, we moved to Tennessee after that. We bought a puppy together, furnished a home, even sent Christmas cards to our families and friends.  We have attended dozens of concerts and sporting events (even some we weren’t fans of). We have made new friends and dealt with a lot of sticky situations. Your family has become mine, mine has become yours.

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We have stupid fights and make up a couple hours later. It drives me crazy when you leave your socks on the floor and when you get your helicopter stuck in trees. You never let me choose what’s on TV and you talk a lot in the mornings before I’ve had my coffee. Haha, as I type this all out- I want to laugh. If that’s all you do, I think I can deal with it.

Even the things that drive me crazy, make me love you even more.

You’re my best friend, my soul mate, and God 100 percent blessed me in ways I can’t even explain. You’re the papi to my deddots, the eggs to my bacon, my future & my present. You mean more to me then you will ever know and I will love you until the day I die.

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Today, that hat is old. It’s torn, worn out, and should probably be thrown away.  Heck, most guys would have thrown it away months ago. But its just like our relationship. As time goes on– the older we get, the memories only grow fonder. There are tears in the hat– just like there will be obstacles in our relationship. IMG_3266

But I promise you– every single day of our lives. I will love you just as much as it looks like you love that hat. Even when you’re old & gray. You’re my everything, valentine.

I couldn’t be more blessed.

Love,

Kelsey

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