This past weekend was my and Andy’s first Valentine’s Day together. It was both of our first times having a Valentine! We originally thought our plans would be postponed because my car was in the shop, but my sweet fiance decided to drive 2 hours one way to get me. Andy said he wanted to celebrate me this Valentine’s Day, despite my protests.
He picked me up early Saturday morning. When we got there, he checked me into his room and asked me to stay in his bedroom while he was in the kitchen that he shares with his roommate. I fell asleep, and woke up to him gently kissing me and then bringing me a plate of bacon and sausage with a glass of milk to drink. Breakfast in bed! I’ve never had breakfast in bed before.
After breakfast, we lounged around some more until it was time to go to the movies. We had to drive about 45 minutes to Elizabethtown because the theater in nearby Radcliff didn’t have the movie we wanted to see. The E-town theater is very hard to find. It is on a corner hilltop lot and not well-marked, and if you miss the turn you either have to make a U-turn or get on the parkway and drive a few miles out of the way. I was stressed out that we were running late, but Andy was calm the entire time.
He let me pick the movie, and I chose the new Nicholas Sparks movie, The Choice. I read the book years ago, so I vaguely remembered it. I knew I would cry a little, but I didn’t expect to cry so much. Tears streamed down my face for well over an hour and by the time we got to the truck I was hysterically sobbing. The movie made me think about what I would do if Andy died and that is my biggest fear. We sat in the truck and I just cried while he held me and promised if something did happen to him, we would have a lifetime of memories and happiness together, no matter how short our time together was.
We had planned to go to the gym after the movie, but I was feeling queasy from crying so much, so instead we decided to drive around Elizabethtown. We discovered that Abraham Lincoln’s birthplace is only a short 20 minute drive from E-town– a perfect future date idea! As we meandered through town, we pointed out cute little places we would like to visit after I move up there. Just like we have our donut shop and favorite restaurants in Owensboro, we dreamed about having our favorite spots in the Fort Knox area. After stopping at Target so I could look around (and be incredibly disappointed at the smallness of the E-town Target!), we went back to the barracks for supper.
He wanted to surprise me by making me supper, but he didn’t know how to make the recipe and needed help. I was surprised to learn he chose baked ziti– the same meal I had tried to make earlier in the week but failed at because I forgot to boil my noodles. He gave me a teddy bear, some chocolates, and flowers while I gave him a mug and desk calendar.