They say the purest form of “love at first sight” is when you see your baby for the very first time. Since I’ve never had a baby, I’m not sure I can speak from experience, but I think I’ve come pretty close.
As many of you know, I’m getting married next weekend. Mike and I didn’t exactly meet in the most traditional way… but you might say it was love at first sight.
It was the Thanksgiving weekend of 2005 when I hopped in my Camry in Roanoke, VA to drive back to Atlanta from my parent’s house at the time (they live in Charlotte now). It’s a long drive, and I’d been in the car for several hours when I glanced over and saw a very cute guy driving in the car next to me on I-85.
We passed each other a few times, glancing at each other and making stupid faces when Mike finally pulled out a piece of paper, wrote, “Where are you headed?” and held it up in the window for me to read.
I laughed, (was this seriously happening!?) and held up my own sign that said, “ATL, you?”
He was headed to Atlanta too, on his way home from his parent’s house in Raleigh. It went on like that, holding up notes to each other as we sped along, until I finally held up my number in the window for him to call me (in retrospect, all of this maybe wasn’t the safest idea…).
He called, and it was a pretty funny way to start a conversation:
First, “Hi. Um… What’s your name?”
And then, “Do you always pick people up on the highway?!”
After that, we instantly hit it off.
We talked for the rest of the drive – two and a half hours – about who knows what. All I remember is that we laughed a lot and time flew by. Once we got back into Atlanta, my phone died and Mike wrote one last note saying he’d call me some time (I thought, yeah right – like this guy who I met on the HIGHWAY is going to call me again…) but he actually did!
He asked me out, and here we are almost four years later getting ready to walk down the aisle.
We still laugh about it every once in a while. Did we really meet on the highway!? We’ve decided it had to be destiny to meet like that. Love at first sight even. And even if you don’t believe in either of those things, you might want to keep a pen and paper in the glove compartment, juuuuust in case
What is your “love at first sight” story? And what was it like when you saw your baby for the first time?
Editor’s Note: While all of our wonderful Graco contributors keep adding content on the blog, I’ll be out until Sept. 29 for my wedding and honeymoon. Looking forward to sharing stories (and pictures) when I get back!