~Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Away

Abraham had purposely told me he would talk to me in a week when the boat docked, but he knew he wouldn’t wait that long. Before he left town, he emailed Harvey without me knowing and asked for my apartment number so he could mail me a card to open on my birthday. (“I know I walk by your apartment number at least twice a week,” he later told me, “But I just look for the second door on the left, never the number.”) Whereas on my Valentine’s Day card he had scribbled a short joke, he left a lengthier message in my birthday card telling me he missed me and he was sorry he couldn’t be there with me. He included a gift card to Barnes and Noble because he knew I loved to read and thought it might occupy my time while he was away.

On my actual birthday, he turned on his phone in international waters and paid one million dollars to send me a dorky picture of him holding that day’s newspaper, pointing to the date and smiling. He was wearing the t-shirt I had bought for his birthday; I knew it wasn’t coincidental. In his hand was a fistful of gambling chips. He called me his lucky charm.

He turned on his phone the following day and paid another million dollars to tell me that the stars were beautiful and he needed me with him.

The next day he sent me a drunk video from a bar. They can’t all be overtures.

When he got home he gave me a bottle of nice gin—the good stuff—and I had a gin and tonic or six, and I told him he did everything right. He missed this big thing in my life, my first birthday with him, and he did everything he possibly could to make me feel special. Only I was crossing the line into sloppy drunk, so I rambled, to which he laughed at me and told me I was cute when I was drunk and telling him that he was perfect. Well he isn’t perfect, what he did was perfect, and you get the idea about the rambling.

I love this man.

18 comments:

laura said...

swoon. so happy for you :)

Suzie Q said...

wonderful!

ames said...

Love. He did all the right things (and then some). I'm so happy he did that for you!

-P said...

Have you dropped the l bomb yet?

I'm about to: I love this post!!!

(did you mean chef d'oeuvre, by the way?)

Emma said...

Sarah - I have always loved your blog because you're a fantastic writer but I'm also really loving the happy posts lately.

Abe sounds wonderful, in a real way. And you sound like you know that, through and through. It warms my heart.

AmericanBridget (Jones) said...

You deserve real, quality love. Love that this is happening to you.

bluemoon said...

Damn, you sound happy, and that makes me happy for you. LOVE how he handled missing your birthday. Definitely a keeper. :)

Sarah said...

I haven't told him. Sorta playing the waiting game with that.

-P you just taught me a new word!

heather said...

how cute..he is too sweet!

Now go use your Barnes & Nobles gift card for 50 shades of Grey!!

heisschic said...

perfect!

and happy belated!!!

in a small way, i miss the days (months) when i knew i loved my bf but before i told him. they were torture, then... but they're fun to look back on now.




(btdubs- since making my blog private, it no longer shows up on google reader... bummer, i know).

Maura said...

Happy for you :)

Maura said...

Happy for you :)

Lilly said...

Oh, Happy Birthday, Sarah! You 'look' so good in love. :)

Je m'appelle Danielle said...

I like that he planned ahead with the card, so thoughtful!

Dawn said...

I don't know if this post was in real time. For some reason, I think that it's not. But in case it is: Happy (belated) birthday!

PS. Abraham is, clearly, a great guy... for so many reasons. I'm thrilled for both of you that you found each other.

scrumpyandherheart said...

Sooooooo pleased for you! It's funny how quickly that realisation hits you isn't it?

-P said...

Enjoy the dual pleasures of new love and new words :-) Happy Birthday Sarah!

Peach said...

Hello there - and belated happy birthday. Your relationship sounds wonderful, so happy for you. Cheers! And long may it continue. SXX

ps I have tentatively started blogging again www.notsosecretsarah.blogspot.com

 

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