This is a story about a boy and a girl.
A boy, who was young and foolish and a girl, who was young and naive.
They grew up together, in a church where everybody knew everybody, and the congregation was your family.
You see, this girl was younger than this boy, and they only really saw each other because he just so happened to be dating on of her friends. They never thought in a million years they would end up where they are now. But that's how life goes, and that's how God works.
Anyways, back to the story.
Eventually, the boy and the girl's friend broke up, and the boy decided to move back home and attend church once again. There was this revival, you see, and the girl attended every night. And when the boy decided to go one night, he sat with the girl, since she was the only one close to his age.
He came back the next night, and sat with her again.
And the next night.
And the next...
You get the idea. Every night, for two weeks, he sat next to her. He wrote her notes, and he drew her silly little pictures when things got boring. And they did get boring. Actually, probably the only reason why the boy and the girl went to this revival night after night, was to see each other, though they would have never admitted it back then.
After all, she was young, and he was, well him.
Her friend's ex-boyfriend, her brother's friend...
And because this girl was young, she was not allowed to go anywhere with him alone. So when he decided to ask if she wanted to hang out, he came over and watched a movie at her house, and left by her designated curfew. Before they knew it, summer had arrived, and they spent day after day together.
And before they knew it, summer was gone, and it was time for school to start.
Somewhere along the line, things had changed a bit. They had gotten more serious, and more frightening. The L word had been dropped, but because of their age differences, their relationship stayed between them. The girl was torn, between being utterly happy, and terribly sad. She loved him more than words could express, but she knew it couldn't last forever. He was going away to college, and he had never even called her his girlfriend to anyone else. She decided it was time for a talk.
And that talk would be the one to bring it all crumbling down.
And because she was young and naive, it broke her heart. After 9 months of spending almost every day with someone, she spent her first week without him. She couldn't eat, she couldn't sleep, and her best friend glued her back together several times. The weeks passed, and then the months, and slowly she got better. But she never stopped thinking about him. Although she was young, and may have been naive, she knew in her heart that she would marry him.
But this boy decided that every once in a while, he would try to pop back into her life. With a text message here, an email there, he reminded her so many times of the love she had, and then lost.
Two years went by, and they stayed apart.
The boy in Orlando at college, and the girl at home, right where he had left her.
One day, because the girl's best friend had had enough, she called the boy and invited him to a party.
And it just so happened that he was home from college for good, and he had nothing to do that night.
So he came by, and he saw the girl, and the girl saw him, and they were reminded of the love they once shared.
Although they were young, it was real, and deep, and could not be forgotten.
You know what they say, the rest is history.
They started dating again a few months later. And this time, everybody knew. He called her his girlfriend, and held her hand in public. He told her he loved her, and that he thought she was beautiful.
But because he had broke her heart, she was scared. Scared to love him, and scared to let herself think that he could love her. Things got hard, and they weren't always happy, but they tried.
And eventually, she let go. Of the past, of her fears, and decided to love him like there would be no tomorrow.
He asked her to marry him, in front of a bunch of strangers, and she said yes and cried. Three months later, they shared a wedding with their closest friends and family, and three months after that, they announced they were expecting.
And here they are, a little over a year later, and happy as can be. They have their ups, and they have their downs, but their love remains strong, and constant.
The boy has learned to be patient and kind, loving and gentle, and the girl has learned to be tender and sweet, respectful and open. They share the love that you hear about in a song, or read about in a story, much like this.
There's still so much to write, and so many things to learn, but one thing's for sure.
They found their happily every after.