In September 2005, at 16, I started a new job just to have through high school and to help pay for a car. I was too hard on myself back then, I didn't think I would ever get a boyfriend or ever think about anyone loving me enough to marry me. anyways prom was around the corner and I had found a date and we had begun seeing each other, while I thought things were going alright, two weeks before prom he dumped me, to make it better it was while I was at work and it was done over the phone through a friend. What a bummed out 16 year old I was. Sounds silly I know but the tears rained down from my face. I felt so stupid that I trusted him and embarrassed as to how it went down. I resided in the restaurant facilities while I sobbed over the 100th guy that had let me down. I eventually dried up the tears and exited the bathroom and literally ran into a co worker named Patrick. As the force of the hit knocked we back a foot or two he had noticed that I had been crying, before saying anything he first wiped the tears from my face and asked if I wanted to talk about it....I told him the story and how I felt. He comforted me and held me tight, made me laugh, and told me stories to get my mind off what was going on. Patrick became my friend in just an hour’s span. We continued to be close at work for the next few days. I had mentioned to him in conversation that prom was only now a week away and I had just lost all hope in going. Upon arriving for my shift one afternoon I went looking for him and found him nervously waiting in the break area. I said, "whats u..."he had interrupted me before I could finish greeting him, "will you let me be your date to prom?" came blurting out of his mouth. Of course I accepted the request I couldn't turn his cute face down. We spent that whole week together planning, laughing, and driving aimlessly around the streets Paducah. Prom came and went for us, we had a blast and even won an award called the "obviously having the most fun" award. We were glued to the hip from then on and we considered ourselves as boyfriend and girlfriend and begun dating. To let you know more about Patrick, he had joined the army in October of 2005 while still a senior in high school and after graduation in 2006 he had to report to basic training and then AIT. He left for 6 months, only 2 months after we began dating. Patrick gave me the option to leave and not wait on him for that long but I insisted on waiting and that was the answer he was hoping for. To make me feel special the night before he left he borrowed a friend’s apartment for the evening and together we made dinner. Tacos! Not so romantic but easy and fast for the small amount of time we had left together. That night he told me he loved me and the feeling was mutual. The next morning he left. That 6 months was very long we wrote letters every day and I heard his voice once a week. Being apart in the beginning of our relationship like that made us so close. Today, Patrick is still serving the country and we are still happy in love. he never fails to let me know how important I am to him and how much I mean to him and that no matter what I will always have his heart. Patrick is someone I look up to; he is nonjudgmental and always finds the best in a person. In April we will have been together for 5 years now and these have been the most amazing 5 years of my life. even though he is away now through valentines day at Fort Polk and we wont be together for valentines day this year, I think he should win the best valentine contest because this man that noticed my tears that day saved my heart. I don't know what I would do without him. He is my everything.
#101 That Rescued my Heart!..to my love
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