Our one year anniversary as a couple was Monday, November 1, 2004. And since we both had school that day, we both agreed that we would celebrate on Friday instead. Jorge was my longest relationship, so I was beyond excited for what was to come. In my head I conjured up Jorge showing up to my parent’s house, looking dashing in a tux with roses in hand, and a limo waiting behind him (Hey! A 17 year old girl can dream!). But what reality gave me was a sore throat, a cough and the sniffles. Go figure.
Even with my ugly cold, Jorge took me out to a romantic dinner. We had a 3 course meal at one of our favorite Italian places, Johnny Carinos. The food was delicious from what little I could taste or even remember. But what I do remember was seeing a guy staring back at me with so much adoration in his eyes, as I blew my nose. Romantic, right!? Unfortunately our date ended with just a meal, I wasn’t feeling well enough to sit through a movie, so we decided to head back to my parent’s house.
As we laid in my fullsize bed (I remember how he was too tall for my bed) watching CSI: Las Vagas, Jorge held me in his arms. A part of me felt I had ruined our anniversary date, so I could not help but apologize. When he turned to face me, he smiled my favorite lopsided smile and reassured me that I didn’t ruin anything. We laid there facing each other for what felt like forever. When it was just about time for Jorge to go, I asked him to lay with me a bit longer… and to sing to me. I can’t tell you why I asked him, but I was between conscious and unconscious. Then he started…
“I could stay awake just to hear you breathing
Watch you smile while you are sleeping
While you’re far away and dreaming
I could spend my life in this sweet surrender
I could stay lost in this moment forever
Every moment spent with you is a moment I treasure
Don’t wanna close my eyes
I don’t wanna fall asleep
‘Cause I’d miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing
‘Cause even when I dream of you
The sweetest dream would never do
I’d still miss you, baby
And I don’t wanna miss a thing…”
– Aerosmith, I don’t want to miss a thing
Can I tell you… My heart swelled up twice its size in that moment. And more than ever, I knew I was going to marry Jorge when I got older. And I did. 11 years together and 3 years married, I’ve been so blessed to have my other half, my missing piece, my Love with me since I was a teenager. You see, when I prayed to God to be happy, he gave me Jorge. And with that He knew the romantic sap of a person I was and gave me the perfect man who 11 years later still sings Aerosmith to me as I fall asleep.
Happy 3 years, My Love.