It was the day after that trip that Nathan somehow decided to do the whole hot pursuit thing again. He would randomly landscape my parents yard without asking, he bought me flowers, took me on lots of dates, would do anything I wanted at the drop of a hat, and he even washed my parents car each weekend (ok, he wasn’t that extreme). But, you get the picture. He was also extremely respectful of getting me home an hour before curfew.
From a Biblical standpoint, this is just how men were created to be. Can I complain? I still see his love shown everyday right now in the same way it was back in those days.
After much time spent together while growing in our friendship, the next big event I remember was my birthday. May 13, 2001. My bestest girlfriend from DE came to spend that special day with me. We had such a great time together. You remember Gabs, right? We made silly video’s together, went to Jockey’s Ridge, ate out at lots of good seafood restaurants, and had a lot of beach time. Good Memories.
My 19th birthday was celebrated with my mom, dad, brothers, Gabs, and some other random people. Nathan came over to my house and gave me a beautiful ROSE that day. He also snuck into my room for my other gift, which was Hawaiian light switch plates that matched my yellow room (that he had made).
My parents embarrassed me with their gift that year: two Christian books about dating. Apparently they saw something coming that I was completely unaware of. I opened up their gift and quickly hid it before Nathan could see what they gave me, then thanked mom and dad in a 19 year old “thanks for just embarrassing me” kind of way.
Gabbi and I, along with many other friends had many conversations about Nathan. I knew he wanted to become more than just friends, but I didn’t think I could like him any more that I already did, and I was happy to just have him as my friend. I honestly just couldn’t see myself falling in love with him and told my friends that.
I also had many conversations with Nathan and told him the same. I became pretty analytical over the whole thing. I had index cards of why we should just be friends, the pro's and cons... I put way too much thought into our relationship, but it was my first serious relationship and I was 19 and didn’t want to get hurt.
So, hopefully most of you can understand.