Monday, March 17, 2008

A Very Special St. Paddy's Day

Today is very special. Not only is it my brother Jimmy's and his wife Amy's wedding anniversary, but it's the anniversary of Jim and my first kiss. AND . . . to bring it all together it's St. Paddy's Day! Oh. . . and it's our niece's Colleen's first birthday. Can this day hold anymore excitement? I don't think it can!

For those of you who don't know the story of Jim and my first kiss, I'll explain it to you.

It was the year 2001, and I was sitting in my dorm room with another fella who I was friends with. We were chit-chatting when I heard a knock on my door. I opened the door to have Jim pushed in by a few of his buddies. The guy I was friends with left when Jim came in, and Jim and I started talking. Jim handed me a sour gum ball and said, "Happy St. Paddy's Day!" I guess he was handing out candy, because since he served a mission in Ireland, St. Paddy's Day is special to him. Anywho, I put the gum ball in my mouth, spit it out and said, "Ouch, that hurt my tongue!" Jim jokingly replied, "I'll kiss it better." I thought to myself, "he's not really going to kiss me, is he?" Jim said while I was thinking that, he was thinking, "She's not really going to let me kiss her, is she?" Well, we ended up kissing! Then Jim asked me out on a date. While I was getting ready he went out into the hallway with a big grin on his face to meet up with his friends. His friends took one look at Jim's face and asked, "Did you kiss her!?!" Jim just smiled, they all freaked out, and Jim and I left for a group date. So there you go.

Now, there's one more sad part to this story, and a happy ending.

After Jim and I dated for a bit, I broke up with him for stupid reasons on my behalf (this is a whole other story). So, when I wasn't returning Jim's phone calls, he was so sad! Then one night I came home and found a single sour gum ball taped to my door. Later on Jim told me he had put it there, in hopes that it would make me smile. Poor guy, I broke his heart!

Now here's the happy ending. After Jim and I were engaged I was leaving work and walking towards Jim's car (he let me drive it, because I didn't have one). It hadn't even occurred to me that it was St. Patrick's Day, and the 1st anniversary of our first kiss. So, when I got to the car and found sour gum balls scattered everywhere I was a little confused. Then I saw a card taped to the steering wheel. The card said, "Tis the luck of the Irish that brought us together. . . .'Tis the love of a lifetime that will keep us this way." Then Jim wrote, "I'll always be there to kiss it better. Happy First Kiss Anniversary! Love Jim" Isn't that cute? Anyways, now St. Paddy's Day has a special meaning for us. We almost always do something cute for each other today. Last year we exchanged cards and treats. This year. . . I'm not sure. I better think of something!

Well, Happy Birthday to Colleen! Happy Anniversary to Jim and Amy! Happy First Kiss Jim! Happy St. Paddy's Day Everyone Else!

1 comment:

Nikki said...

What a sweet story!! Thanks for sharing