This post begins my favorite part of the story...you'll soon see why...
April was an incredibly long month. I had made the decision to step back from my pursuit of Tricia's affections, frustrated and not knowing what her feelings were for me. I spent nearly the entire month thinking back on every moment I had spent with Tricia, trying to see a sign that would let me know what she was thinking and what she might do about our friendship.
In the meantime, I was doing my own thing, focusing on work (I think I had about 3 different part-time jobs that spring) and trying to figure out what to do about school. I would see Tricia at church and give her a friendly wave and "hello", but for the most part, I didn't see much of her or hear much from her.
I specifically remember one night, in mid April...I returned home (parents' house) from work late evening to find Tricia, Jessica L. (another good friend) and (maybe) one or both of my sisters watching the movie, What Lies Beneath in our living room. I was excited, at first, to see Tricia in my home...but that excitement quickly turned to dejection when I realized she was in my home with no intention of hanging out with me...
Then, near the end of the month, one evening, everything suddenly began to turn around (or so it seemed).
Tricia called me out of the blue and asked if I would be interested in driving with her to VA Beach (the "big city" for us OBXers) later that week...she needed to shop for a bridesmaid dress, and because her parents would be out of town, and she didn't know her way around VA Beach (and still doesn't even though we later lived there for two years...), wanted to know if I could help her out (hmm.....let me think about that...).
A few days later, I found myself in the driver's seat of her parents jeep (and I am still, always the one to drive), spending the entire day with Tricia. I really don't remember much about that day...probably because I was way too hyped up on crazy love.
In my mind, I was hoping, beyond words, that this day would mark a new beginning in our relationship...
I had no idea...