One year ago on December 15th, my life took a turn for the so much better ... I went on my first date with Stoney.
We'd done a couple other things together just the two of us. We went to see Springsteen at Wrigley Field and went to a wedding ... but only as friends. One year ago ... after waiting for my divorce to be finalized ... then waiting while I fought off a nasty bug ... then waiting while he fought off the same nasty bug ... he invited me to his house to watch a movie and have pizza.
It was a pretty wonderful date ... and it's been a pretty wonderful year. We've spent a lot of time talking and getting to know each other ... we've spent a lot of time laughing. He held me when I cried for K. He took me to her grave when I couldn't find it ... and took me back on her birthday. We sweated with our friends working on his deck ... which should've been a chore but was actually a great day.
I can't say this is our first Christmas ... because we all met for dinner on Christmas night last year and we gave each other a gift. But this year our presents are under his tree ... and my stocking is at his house. So this year is special ... it's a little more involved than me meeting him at a Chinese buffet and giving him the gift of a book. Hey ... I did put some thought into that book ...
In any case ... a year later ... thank you for inviting me over for dinner and a movie ... and all the dinners and movies since.
In midnights, in cups of coffee
In inches, in miles, in laughter, in strife
In five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes
How do you measure, a year in the life?
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