Sep 12, 2006
Barb at A Chelsea Morning asked the question of how I met my soul mate. I thought this might be fun, so I will break it up into two parts.
-Part 1- The introduction
Skip and I first met the summer before our sophmore year. We had drivers ed. together and became instant friends. He made me laugh constantly. We loved hanging out together, but never once did I see the possibility of a romance. He was a friend and besides he was like a best friend. You don't date your best friend (or so I thought). We have so many memories of riding around in his jeep with the top down and Duran Duran blaring out of the speakers. We went to parties together, rode to school together, talked about our dates together and I even went to his family gatherings. He knew everything about me and I knew everything about him. In college we kept in touch via letters and during the summers we would hang out. Nothing ever changed with Skip. He was a person I always wanted to be around. He is so charasmatic! If you know him, you can vouch for that.
Part 2-The Hookup
Skip and I were both spending the summer in our hometown the summer before our junior year of college. I was attending Texas A&M (Gig"Em) and he was soon heading off to Southwest Texas(now Texas State). I had just got engaged to a "boy" I had dated for 4 years. He was a good friend of Skip's too. That "boy" was in another town for the summer. Can you predict what will happen next. I hesitate to go on because this is exactly where our pastor tells singles not to go to find Mr. or Mrs. Right. Yes, it all started at a bar. Skip's band "Masquerade" was playing at the club and I got on stage to sing a little backup. I am not a singer by any means, but since I had had a few beverages I felt less inhibited. Some of you reading this are probably in shock. I do not drink and I certainly would never be caught dead on a stage in front of a mic. Well, Skip and I sang and laughed and suddenly I caught myself looking at him in a different way. Skip was actually looking pretty good to me and I was suddenly flirting with this friend of mine. That night I went home and called him on the phone. I actually said these words, "You looked kind of sexy on stage tonight." He said, "What?" You have to understand this. He had been secretly in love with me for years and thought he had no hope. I talked with him for a little while longer and went to sleep. When morning came, I felt so embarrassed and I could not even believe what I had done. I called him again and apologized for saying that. He said, "Why?" Don't you just love this man of many words? Anyway, that night started something which two years later became a marriage. Sparing you the long details, I broke up with my fiance and quickly started dating my best friend. We were so crazy in love that it really made people around us nauseous. I was so happy and could not believe that I was going to spend the rest of my life with this man. Don't feel too sorry for the other guy, I found out he had gone out with another girl while we were dating. I would have never known. Skip and I have been married for 14 years now. I am still as crazy about him as ever. He still makes me laugh. We still jam out to Duran Duran(even saw them at Madison Square Garden last year). He still knows everything about me. But what is even better than all that, is now he is an awesome man of God, a devoted, loving father to our three children, a musician using his talent for the kingdom, and still Susie's best friend.
Posted by Susie at 9:48 PM