I wanted to share a story today, about how board sports has brought love to my life. Not longboarding, and not the charitable helping others type of love. The story is about snowboarding, and friendship/romantic love.
I love boarding, and snowboarding is one of my favorites. I actually don't know which one I love best, longboarding, or snowboarding. Back in high school when I was 16 or 17 I got a pass to Park City for Christmas. I would go all the time with my family. I loved it. One Saturday I woke up and really wanted to go boarding, but no one wanted to go with me. My brother was gone and my parents were busy. I decided to call a friend, but who to call?
I looked through my phone and stopped at the name of Jamie Wheeler, the cute girl I met running on the Cross Country team together. We loved to talk at school, but never got together outside of school. I thought to call her, but I was so nervous! I liked her, but being the silly boy I was I didn't want her to know that. What if she thought I was weird?
After staring at my phone for 15 minutes, trying to become brave enough to press the call button....I did it...and then I pushed the end call button and dropped my phone. 15 minutes later I did it again and followed through with the phone call. It rang.....my heart pounded.....it rang again.....I prayed she wouldn't answer, then I would have to say something....it rang, half a ring, and then..."Hello?" She answered.
|High School Graduation|
We even arranged our class schedules to match up. We had American Heritage together. We had English class, where Ms. Riley wouldn't let us sit next to each other (she has no idea the happiness she almost averted!), there was sculpting class and our commercial art class where we were the torment of our teacher, Mr. Feller.
Time passed and, sadly, we grew apart, staying friends but not really hanging out. I dated another girl, I left the country for a few years. While I was in Romania we wrote a couple letters like friends do. When I got back to the States, things didn't work out with the other girl. I went to BYU and met Jamie again. We started hanging out all the time, but I was still to scared to tell her how I felt. Instead I tried to get her to date all my roommates. Everyone saw how we felt except for us. Eventually we wizened up and started dating December 2011.
|So happy after an evening together on the slopes|
When I asked Jamie's parents if I could marry their daughter, her mom told me something. She said that Jamie will never admit to it, ever, but she has always liked me since High School. I tease Jamie sometimes and tell people she has always loved me since she knew me. She smiles and rolls her eyes, but....she never denies it....and that makes me happy.
The other day Jamie took me snowboarding at Sundance, she's so nice, and it made me remember the good old High School days when we went every week. We would laugh, snowboard, talk, and just enjoy being with each other. I'm so happy I was brave enough to call her so many years ago, and I'm so grateful she was kind enough to agree to spend the day with me.
|Started off snowboarding....|
|...and here we are. Happy Valentines Day!!|