On Feb 16, 2002, I met in person for the first time the woman who would change me life forever.
It was a beautiful winter day in Pismo Beach, CA. I was running late, but I had to find it. The perfect red rose. But dangnabbit if there wasn’t one florist open. (How could there not be any freaking florists open on a saturday morning the weekend of Valentine’s Day?!) I drove from one end of the town to the other and finally found a grocery store that had decent roses. I got one then headed for the pier.
As I walked down the sidewalk and saw her in the distance, I was smitten. My only photo of her up to that point was an old graduation photo from college where she was wearing a cap and gown. She had posted another photo on ChristianCafe.com (where we met) of her and her adorable daughter, but she eventually took it down.
She was a vision. He green eyes sparkled like emeralds and her smile knocked me out. This was going to be a good day.
She brought along her “little” brother as a chaperone.
What followed was a great lunch with the three of us then strolling the pier. After a couple of hours she was satisfied I wasn’t a psycho and dismissed little brother. We then did what we continue to do to this day, had a drink (or two) at Starbucks. As we talked, for the life of me I could not tell if she was enjoying the conversation or was bored out of her skull. (She’s kinda hard to read when you first meet her). I guess since she decided to still go out with me to dinner means that I did okay.
That evening I took her to 1865 Restaurant in San Luis Obispo where I serenaded her with “Girl, Look What You’ve Done to Me” by Davey Jones. How could she resist after that?
The rest, as they say, is history.
The poem (written Feb 13, 2002) reads…
Chiquitita I’m drawn to your soul
Your words and thoughts, they inspire me.
I have so much to say
I can’t wait for the day
To meet you Chiquitita.
Chiquitita, I know your pain.
You and I, we have shared so much together.
But don’t have fear, when I draw near,
You’ll be surprised Chiquitita.
Chiquitita, what can I say,
To assure you that I’m not like the others,
I know pain too, and my heart is true
You can trust in me, Chiquitita.
Chiquitita, just one more thing,
May our bond of friendship continue to flower
Whether love unfolds, or if it takes no hold
Let’s stick together Chiquitita.