In 2006 I met my husband Josh. We didn’t know it at the time but the second I met him I had a feeling that things were about to get really interesting and I actually do mean the first second I saw him. To this day, I won’t deny that I was head over heels from second one. At the time, I was attending a small church in the middle of Hialeah, Fl. My uncle, who is not that much older than I am, invited his friend from school to visit one Sunday. It was the beginning of service and everyone was going along with the normal Sunday routine. The doors open and in walks in a new family. As they made their way to their seats, I caught a glimpse of him and at that literal moment, I melted like butter.
I was only fourteen years old when we met and coming from a family that is dominantly male, they were always largely overprotective of me. So ahead of his arrival to my church my uncle gave him a list of instructions directly pertaining to his interactions with me and it went a little bit like this:
” My niece attends this church and she’s right around our same age. Just make sure you stay away from her. Her dad is really strict. Don’t talk to her. Don’t say hello. Don’t walk in her direction.”
It mustn’t have been easy for someone to enter a new place and be told to stay away from someone he’s never met. But surely enough, it took him quite a while to even speak to me because of all of these instructions. He wanted to be respectful of his friend and to my family in which he had just met.
Just a few months later it was my birthday so my parents decided to throw me a surprise party early because the following week we were leaving on a ten-day trip. At this point, I really thought he didn’t like me after he had been dodging me for so long. Mostly because every time I tried to initiate an interaction, he wouldn’t really respond. So when he actually showed up to my surprise birthday party my heart just froze in its place.
When I left for my birthday trip, I went with a few friends, family, and my uncle. Somehow during my time on this trip, with the help of a great friend, I managed to convince my uncle to give Josh a break and let him talk to me. I did all this not even knowing if it was something Josh even wanted to do because there was a really good chance that he didn’t actually like me. My uncle obliged and shortly after my trip, and to my surprise, I received a phone call from him. I remember the first time he called me and I remember our conversation well. Mostly because it was short but it was also memorable because, after that first phone call, we never stopped pursuing each other.
I don’t know if most people can say that they found their soul mate or true love at the age of fourteen or that most people can say they stuck through a relationship they had in their teen years. We were really young and I don’t think I was even really thinking about all of that at that age but it just happened for us that way. This isn’t to say that there weren’t hardships down the road or that there still isn’t. No, our relationship is far from perfect. But what I think worked for us is our willingness to never give up on each other despite the bumps in the road and the hardships that hit our relationship. We don’t have everything figured out but what we do know is that relationships are hard and it takes time to figure each other out. I think it was just fortunate for us that we got through a lot of that relationship building when we were kids. There wasn’t a pressure for marriage or the possibility of kids so we got the chance to build our friendship and establish a lot of that history that has kept us so close all these years. I am hoping that during this blogging journey I will be able to share a lot of those moments and give you insights into all of the awesome parts and maybe some of the not so good moments in hopes that it helps people who may go through similar stories or even help people entering relationships.
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