If you are new here, I’m re-telling the story of how my fiance and I met. Here’s what you’ve missed::
My grandmother passed away on July 27, 2012. I called to tell Aaron she had passed away and let him know I wouldn’t be coming to Greenville to visit. Obviously he completely understood.
We started making arrangements for the visitation and funeral for the upcoming weekend. I dreaded going through all this again, having done it such a short time ago with my grandfather.
Once we had the arrangements figured out, I texted Aaron to fill him in on the details. He immediately asked if I wanted him there. I did. Even though I was surrounded by my entire family, he was one of the only people I really wanted to have there. To give me a giant hug and tell me everything would be ok.
He was on-call that weekend though, so I wasn’t sure if he would be able to make the 4.5 hour trek from Greenville. He figured if he left late enough on Saturday though and spent the night nearby, if anyone called, it was close enough to Monday that he could tell them to wait and come in first thing Monday morning. It was a big sacrifice that he was making for me, but one that meant the world to me.
The funeral day approached and we made our way to our seats at the front of the funeral home. I, of course, couldn’t remain composed and was blubbering like a baby. The preacher talked about life and death and talked about the wonderful relationship my grandparents had together. After my grandfather died, part of her died with him. He was her other half and I don’t think she really knew how to go on without him. The preacher mentioned that my grandfather was probably standing there with open arms as my grandmother entered heaven, both with giant smiles on their faces and feeling so happy to be reunited.
As I was sitting there next to Aaron, with his arm around me, I just knew right then and there, I was in love with this man. This was the man that I wanted to be my other half. To have a love together like my grandparents. He was the one I wanted to grow old with and the one I wanted to feel like I couldn’t go on with life without. He was my Aaron that I wanted to walk through life together with.
I didn’t tell him how I felt that weekend. I wasn’t sure if he felt the same way. Those three little words mean so much, and having never said them to someone before, I definitely wanted to be sure we were on the same page before I put them out there.
Luckily, just a few short weeks later, the opportunity came.
To be continued…
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