The Moment

I remember “the moment” I knew I wanted to spend the rest of my life with David. Believe it or not, it was in 4th period gym class at Tabb Intermediate School. We were in the 7th grade.

I was sitting in the bleachers with a friend watching part of the class participate in a volleyball game. I turned to my friend and said with dreamy stars in my eyes, “Do you see that David Irwin?”

“Yeah. What about him?” she replied, dryly.

I told her, ” I am going to marry him someday.”

A deep laughter arose from her throat as she retorted with a bewildered look, no, make that a bewildered snarl, “Ha. He doesn’t even know you exist!”

“Well, I don’t know what to tell you, but I am going to marry him someday!”

My dad retired from the military, we moved out of base housing further out into the county, and four years passed. I now went to the major rival high school, the better school, York High School, Home of the Falcons.

The summer of 1984, I helped open a fantastic water park, Water Country USA in Williamsburg, VA. This was the summer before my senior year. I reconnected with an old friend at work and he immediately set his eyes on a new friend of mine for a double date. I had him start a list of some of his friends and then he uttered his name.

“David Irwin,” I stopped him. “You get me a date with David Irwin and you have got a deal!” I probably shouted at him.

We went out the next night and we have been together ever since.

Over 28 years later, I not only remember “the moment,” but enjoy the new moments every day. For example, each morning when David wakes me as I sleep to say goodbye, we have one of my favorite moments. During this season of life after having my 9th baby at 41 years old, four years ago, I retired my early morning breakfast ritual with him and opted for more sleep. It works for us. 🙂

So he wakes me up and gives me a kiss, then we touch our right cheeks together, then another kiss and then a final pressing cheek to cheek and an ” I love you.”

I am not sure the day we began having this “moment” together, but I do know I cherish it every day.

Take a moment today to remember your moment and create new ones!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

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  1. Denise says:

    7th grade at Tabb! I was there. I had to move away mid-year, the hardest move of my life. But I had to… I wasn’t going to experience my moment with my now-husband for 15 years yet.

    1. Isn’t it great when that moment comes Denise? We sure missed you when you left!

  2. Very sweet! ♥

    1. Thanks Martha!

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  4. Phyllis says:

    Sweet story

    1. Thanks!

  5. millie says:

    LOVE THIS!!! I too have a childhood romance come tru story… been with the same guy since 9th grade 🙂 I love how you put words to everyday magic.

    1. Thanks Millie! Love those childhood romance stories! 🙂

  6. Katie Walcott says:

    Married my young sweetie! Set my eyes on him in the cafeteria. We were both 14.

    1. And you two still have eyes for each other

  7. Karen Clements says:

    Met my sweetheart at 14 when we were both in Germany. Just before I turned 15 he had that “moment” when he knew we would be married one day. Asked me out a week later, and we’ve never looked back. We were separated by the Atlantic for my last two years of high school–at York High–but went to college together. Just celebrated 26 years of marriage 🙂
    Isn’t young love great?

    1. Young love is great! What a tour down memory lane. I remember now, you having a long distance boyfriend in high school.

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