Today, 17 years ago, was a day I will always remember . . . it was my wedding day! It was filled with so much love, so many smiles, and an incredible amount of magical moments! Marrying my high school sweetheart Garth was one of the best moments of my life!
Garth and I met many moons ago . . . we were both in Grade 6, and had mutual friends! I remember seeing his cute smile on the tennis courts of Second Avenue in Prince Rupert! Now to say it was love at first sight, well my little 12 year old would scream yes, but my 40 year old self now says, that moment was when I met my best friend! We both went to different elementary schools so we didn’t see each other much at all! It wasn’t until Grade 8 that we would see each other quite frequently!
Grade 8 came and there was Garth . . . cute as I remembered, but still a boy and still had “cooties”! LOL! I wasn’t really interested in having a boyfriend; I was more interested in hanging out with my friends and adjusting to high school life! He did ask me to be his girlfriend a few times, and every time I politely said, “No, let’s just be friends!” Goodness, the boy was persistent, but patient 😉
A year had passed, Grade 9 had come and it was fantabulous! Garth and I were in French class together, as well as most of my close friends! We would sit and listen to the lesson, and then I would do my work while Garth fooled around . . . remember, I said I would be as transparent as possible, sorry Garth 😉 One day, Garth came over and asked me to smell a piece of paper . . . I thought, hmmmmm, why?!?!? So me being a little dorky and naïve, I smelled it! Well, Garth had it horizontal and paper cut me right under my nose! Did I shriek with pain? YES! Did I call him a few names? YES! Did I walk out at the bell and not want to ever see him again? YES, well not really! LOL! That night, Garth phoned me for the first time ever . . . he asked if I was okay, and apologized to me. I told him that was okay, and then we just spoke about our days and things we had in common! We had great conversations from that point on!
December 3, 1991 . . . at 9:37pm, my world changed . . . Garth asked me to be his girlfriend and I said yes! We were chatting on the phone, my pale green and pink Swatch phone to be exact, and as soon as he said the words, I looked at my clock with a great big smile, and knew I would never forget this moment! We both got off the phone and I was pacing back and forth in my bedroom thinking, oh boy how do I tell my parents? I knew I wasn’t allowed to have a boyfriend, and every fiber of my being was going to say no to being ‘boyfriend/girlfriend’ but I just didn’t want to say no!
I told my mom in Safeway while she was shopping for groceries; I knew she wouldn’t yell at me in public LOL! Smart little teenager, right? She handled it quite well, and of course every Italian teenager dreads the next statement . . . “wait until we get home and I tell your Father!” And she did! They were amazing parents . . . guided me, advised me, and supported me! The one thing I absolutely love love love is that I was able to tell my parents everything, and they were there for me! Now every girl has her secrets with her best girlfriends, and that is the way it should be, but no time during me growing up did I feel I couldn’t tell my parents everything!
So fast forward many high school, college and university years, we got engaged and got married! The day of the wedding was like a perfect dream! I remember all moments as if they were just happening at this very minute . . . the family and friends surrounding us, the dress, the flowers, the church, the reception, the food, the dancing . . . everything and anything was detailed and so completely and utterly Garth and I! I remember seeing his face while I walked towards him down the aisle in the church with my mom and dad on either side of me . . . that was the magical moment like the day I had met him . . . there was my best friend!
Now 17 years later, 2 children, parent and adult responsibilities . . . this still feels like we are playing “house” and we are still our dorky teenage selves! I couldn’t be happier with the life we are sharing . . . this journey is definitely an adventure and I wouldn’t want to do it with anyone else! Garth is my best friend, my rock, my first love, and my world! I am so grateful we are partners in this crazy world! He definitely has the key to my heart, and always will! Now if we could just go back to our wedding day and enjoy a bit more food, more wine and more dancing, it would be perfect 😉
Loved you then, love you still, always have, and always will
Love love love, LC