June 3, 2010

author's note. it's here! a new chapter of our story. i didn't know exactly how it would take shape, but wow, i barely scratched the surface! there's so much more. plenty ahead in the future.. i promise.

the first day face-to-face. my green honda civic had been painstakingly packed, laundry baskets lined the backseat, michael jackson's black or white was on repeat, and only a stretch of interstate separated me from the guy who had become the center of my world. this was it: i was headed off to camp for the entire summer. it was my first big by-myself adventure. and grant would be there. the time had finally, finally come! i kept my hands firm on the wheel to make myself realize that this was a real moment. i smiled at the yellow stripes flashing past my tires and thought of where they were taking me and the potential this summer held. i knew i should've been focused on putting my all into my new job, but my hopes were already pinned entirely on grant.

in my head, all along, buried under wild anticipation, there was a wondering if it would be awkward.. we were practically dating, and yet practically strangers. it was so weird. nobody knew that we knew each other. i didn't even know if i truly knew him. after hundreds of letters and a steady streak of late night phone calls, we were so familiar to each other. i thought about him every waking moment, could keep our conversation flowing for hours, and needed zero sleep. i was running purely on the fuel of exciting possibilities and gut feelings. but i still wondered, what would it be like to be with him? it was all a nervous mystery in my mind. and yet, i still had a feeling. i felt like i knew.

a few hours later, after a quick stop at a gas station to check if my sunglasses had made dents on my nose, i was driving into camp. i was ushered into the camp kitchen by fellow kitchen girls and judy, grant's mom. judy had already made me feel so welcome. she'd shown me where the aprons were hung, handed me a recipe to start on, and given me a big hug. i felt a little like a double agent in her arms. did she even know that i was interested in her son? did she know that he'd practically asked me out?! oh, it was such an exciting little burden to bear, despite the tinge of guilt. i would be spending the summer with the harms family, and none of them knew the extent of my relationship with grant. to them we might as well be perfect strangers. we had been very low-profile about it all.

as i rolled out dough for pizza, out of the corner of my eye, i saw grant walk into the kitchen. we were in the same room! my smile was uncontrollable. quick as i could, i took in the sight of him as he talked with his mom. he wore a carefree white t-shirt and the perfect guyish flipflops and looked so impressive and real. i knew he had seen me, but i didn't look up. i could hardly bear how big this moment was. i could feel the tension of the encounter and knew that he was feeling it too. i imagine it's a bit what a blind date must feel like. i didn't know how to act, so i kept my attention on the dough and tried to be normal. he walked toward me, perfectly calm, and simply said 'hi summer, how was your drive?' as if we'd been friends for life. whew. he had broken the weird barrier between us and made everything okay, but it was still one of the most bizarre moments in my life. was he a new person or an old friend? i smiled at him and attempted natural conversation, even though i knew this was a historic hour. everybody was standing right there, so we had to play it cool. people wouldn't have understood if i ran and gave him a hug- he was supposedly meeting me for the first time today!

at dinner, i took my plate and sat down at his table- next to him. can't believe i was that bold. i don't remember the conversations, but i do remember feeling flawlessly happy. i was at camp, by his side. all was right with the world. i remember feeling as if we shared a grand secret. we were holding back in front of others, but we looked at each other knowingly. thinking, you are the person i've spent this whole year thinking about, praying about, writing to. it was an amazing feeling to have come full circle and to now be in each other's presence. i couldn't wait to be able to talk to him alone, and wondered when that precious opportunity would come. i wanted to shout 'we're finally together!' and ask him where we go from here. i wanted to hear him say, 'this is what i've been waiting for', because that's exactly how i was feeling. but i would have to wait. that day would come.. i hoped.

when it got to be bedtime and the staff started to go our separate ways- boys to cabin 1 and girls to the brygger bedrooms- grant came over to me and said, "did you say you forgot your pillow?" i had forgotten. i mentioned it earlier in the evening, but my thoughts were too overwhelmed with him to think about how to solve that problem. gentleman that grant is, he came to my rescue. it was such a simple act, but it sent a clear message to me: i care about you. he wasn't just another boy and i wasn't just another girl- he saw me separately from everyone else. the relationship that had been so real to me in letters was real right now, in life. the groundwork had already been laid, and now it was being established before my eyes, starting with a borrowed pillow.

morning felt ages away, but having grant 'take care of me' gave me something to dwell on until i could see him. i couldn't wait to have him in my sights again. in my head, i replayed all the clever things he had said throughout the night and his sweet pillow gesture. it was truly a pillow to build a dream on. and as i laid in my bed that night, i had one thought.

i knew it.
i knew he would be the one.

21 comments:

haley said...

this made my day!!! :-) loved every word. you are an AMAZING, author, sums. i would read your books faithfully. no joke.

ChelseaF said...

Ignore the fact I have been crying about everything these days, and let me say that totally moved me! The sunglasses check comment will stick in my head forever. Thanks so very much Summer, you just made my day. :)

Nicole said...

Your writing is absolutely beautiful, and it helps that your story is precious! I was clinging onto your every word, as you perfectly captured the excitement of starting a new relationship, and just knowing that this boy was going to be different!!!!

marta said...

a pillow to build a dream on. perfect perfect. what a lovely story. i love that you two were such great penpals and friends before it bloomed into something more. a perfect love story.

Kelli said...

You two are simply adorable...an example of true love.

Renee said...

great story so far....when does day 2 start??!!

Kaitlyn Luce said...

Your love story is my favorite. Way better than all those cheesy books! :-)

Eeny said...

summer, your writing is so beautiful. And the love story between you and grant is even more. Like a dream come true. Can't wait to read more. Thank you for sharing.

Christina said...

"after a quick stop at a gas station to check if my sunglasses had made dents on my nose..." Hehe...I love it!

I'm also loving the lovely word pictures you're building, documenting those momentous little moments that only a couple in love understands. :D Can't wait for more!

Benjamin and I have our own spin on the long-distance relationship hundreds of letters and late night phone calls. It's a good way to start a relationship. : )

ampersandity said...

tahaah i loooove this! seriously so cute.

Heather said...

Love it Summer! Can't wait for more!!

Amanda said...

I love that you gave us a little glimpse into the beginning of g & s. We all felt the butterflies when we started our relationship with the men that would be our husbands. Thanks for reminding me of that feeling after I read this.

Nessa said...

I love a good love story... and you are writing a great one Summer... one that makes a girl smile.

Bonnie said...

what a great story! i loved it! i felt like i was right there with you rolling that pizza dough! you must have had some serious butterflies in your stomach when he was approaching you! i know i would have!!

summer said...

oh you guys are so sweet! THANK YOU! it makes me so happy that other people enjoy this story along with me!

Misplaced Country Girl said...

What a great story! I hope you tell more!

nataliep. said...

aaaahhhhhh!!! i love it! i can't wait to hear more. you are such an awesome writer, summer and your story is so captivating.

Ash said...

I love that you're still sharing your story. This is wayyyyyyy better than all the romantic comedy-type movies because it's real life!

I'm glad, too, that you and Grant ended up together. Keep it coming!

Mom Judy said...

Love your love story, Summer. I remember when you pulled up in your green car and smiled and waved at me as I was walking to the dinning hall. I right away thought, I like this girl. We did not know how much you and Grant were communicating with each other, but we were all wishing and hoping that this was the perfect match for Grant. We were trying not to act too excited but inside we were all bursting with excitment and anticipation that this could be it. We are so glad how it all turned out!

Dee Tuttle said...

I loved this! It gave me goosebumps! So sweet! I felt like I was watching it as a movie in my mind! I would love to have my story in written form...but the only way it would be this good is if you wrote it for me! haha!

lizzy said...

thank you so much for sharing the newest installment of your story, summer. the story acted as an incentive for my younger sisters to finish their schoolwork on a distracted languid summer day. i especially adore the details & peeks inside your thoughts. thank you (so).

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Hello, I'm Summer. A people-loving introvert whose hope and life is in Jesus. His promises are my passion and my ministry is homelife. This blog is a place for me to write about everyday things. Especially food. My favorite thing to do is sit around a table, lingering over a long meal with good conversation. I live with my husband and our 2 littles. We like blizzards, thrifting, grammar, guacamole, cheerful hearts, nice manners, good movies, and making simple, real, nutrient-dense food.

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