Photo by Melanie Mauer, NYC, corner of 42nd & 8th Ave.
What happened after we met for the first time on the street corner in NYC?
We drove to Nobu. (It’s known as the best sushi restaurant in New York)
haha. I figured we should go all out for the occasion.
So we found parking and then got out of the car to cross 57th St…..and Danny grabbed my hand and held it tight as we crossed the street. Ohhhhh………that man just knows how to hold hands. He just does it so naturally and lovingly. I really was about to die.
We greeted the host at Nobu and we were just beaming, glowing, and exuding so much happiness that she looked at us amazed. She wanted to know what special occasion we were celebrating (she assumed it was an engagement – or an anniversary?) She could definitely tell we were celebrating something of significance. We laughed and told her that we had just met for the first time 10 minutes ago, but that we were already in love from writing each other letters. She was GIDDY over us, which was so sweet. And as she guided us to our table, every guest at the restaurant turned and stared and stared. I’m telling you, we were a fireworks show.
|Photo by Melanie Mauer, NYC, near Bryant Park|
I can’t even remember what we ordered. The only recollection I have of food was the memory of one piece of sushi. We just couldn’t keep our eyes off each other. And we felt completely natural with each other…ahhh. Our conversation just felt like an extension of our letters. Oh, we were so dreamy eyed. It was as if the world around us didn’t exist.
When we walked in to my apartment, it was all sparkly clean. Of course had he seen it in the days prior, he would not have recognized it. haha. My cousin lived with me at the time and we had been cleaning like crazy for days as this place was the Harvey Faircloth headquarters/warehouse/shipping yard.
That first night, Danny and I stayed up until 4:00 am, just talking and getting to know each other more. It really was so wonderful, tender, and real. We were able to share in person so many of the sentiments that we had shared by email in the weeks prior. Danny slept on the couch. But that was close enough….I just couldn’t believe we were under the same roof. The nights before I would always lay in my bed reading or writing on my iphone – which was my only connection to him. And now he was living and breathing and sleeping in the next room!! I really couldn’t believe my life.
(We LOVED doing this photo shoot with the talented Melanie Mauer. We were with her for maybe an hour, but that was long enough to know she’s one of our favorite women. 🙂
–If you’d like, check out other posts from our ‘Love Story’ here.–
P.S. In case you’re wondering – we didn’t kiss yet! Before meeting, we’d pretty much set the limit at holding hands. I know that might sound kind of crazy, but I can’t tell you how wonderful and magical it made the whole weekend!! It meant there was absolutely no pressure and allowed for every interaction to just be focused on getting to know each other. It made our time together SO MUCH more meaningful and romantic! And – it also meant that even the slightest touch or brush of the hands made us so giddy we might as well have been 16 years old on our first date ever. haha. We seriously were about to die. And it helped us know more fully that we had mutual respect for each other and that we really were stepping into something healthy and good, with no awkward expectations. But best of all, I think it really helped us to develop a real connection and a real bond with each other – oh man, it really was the best way to start out. We were both so grateful for making such a simple decision.
Anybody else like the idea of not kissing right away? I mean – I think holding out for the first few weeks – or longer, if you can – is the most romantic thing ever! What do you think?