I knew it was coming since day one. I met him at the batting cages and knew what I was getting into, or so I thought. I had friends who had dated service members. I had family members who were married to them. My own grandfather was in the Navy and went to San Diego every summer while my mom, her siblings, and my grandmother stayed behind in Kansas. I wish my grandfather was still around. It would have given me a better perspective on what I was getting myself into. But I decided it was worth a shot.
And I’ve never looked back since.
I was, a sheltered girl from no-where California, trying to make a go of living in expensive Southern California. I had my dream job teaching Kindergarten at a small Christian school. I had a group of great friends that I would go out dancing with every weekend. I was happy. And then I met B.
He was this cool kid from Ohio. Pierced ears. (No he didn’t wear them on our first date.) He grew up in an even smaller town in Ohio and had traveled all over with the Navy after college.
Our first date was at those batting cages. It was February 14th and I took a chance on him. I had been on several dates with a couple of different guys in the weeks preceding, not ones I’d write home about though. But this was different. He had a midwestern accent and was wearing cargo shorts. He smiled when he saw me walking up to him. I knew then that this guy was different. He was confident but humble, a total gentleman. He stubbed his toe in the cages (who wears flip flops to batting practice?) and refused to get a band-aid which kind of ticked me off. LOL. The conversation was normal and I was having so much fun just talking to him. We played some mini-golf and some arcade games before deciding to continue our date down the street with some dinner and more games at Dave and Buster’s. And against my better judgment, I let him walk me to my car…where I then had to drive him to his car, where he had a single rose for me. Since “a girl can’t go through Valentine’s Day without getting flowers.” It was cheesy but thoughtful. I was hooked.