1996: Mr. Bartholomew’s World Geography class
Jenny Johnston receives the Boyfriend’s graded quizzes, and she his. They come up with an almost rhyme about how their names sound alike, but are still one letter different. The Boyfriend sat to my left and wore long sleeved polo shirts with white collars.

1998:Mrs. Zampiano’s class, Student Council meeting
We are making halos to sell for Valentine’s Day, with the star wire and ribbon curls. The Boyfriend is not participating into the crafting, but more of the planning for the 50s style dance. He asks what a duck tail is, and the teacher admonishes him for forgetting a lesson from The Outsiders reading unit. This is the first known remembrance of the Boyfriend’s “Oh, ah. . .” expression that is used when he “remembers” something he never knew in the first place.

1999: Mrs. Bayle’s Geometry class
The Boyfriend sits to my right. The girl who would later be the saludictorian to his valedictorian is in that class. Senior year, she has a crush on him, but doesn’t act on it. She is one of the nicest people I’ve ever met and went to my college. The first summer we are dating, we go out to dinner with her.

2002: Chad’s house
Chad’s sister just had a baby. The Boyfriend holds the baby and looks very uncomfortable. Everyone tells him he needs to get more comfortable kissing babies if he is going to be a politician.

2002: Chili’s
We all go out to eat before going to our separate colleges. I have a picture of Melanie sitting in the booth next to The Boyfriend. As a joke, I frame the picture and give it to her. It is sitting on her dresser the first time The Boyfriend and I visit her apartment as a couple.

2003: The Ballpark at Arlington
Melanie organizes a baseball game outing to see the Atlanta Braves play the Texas Rangers. We sit in the cheap seats in the bleachers. The Boyfriend mentions that some time he should take us to a game and sit in his parents seats.

2004: The Ballpark at Arlington
Melanie and I go are invited to a game since his parents are busy that night seeing Beauty and The Beast. It’s the night or a few nights after the Boyfriend’s 20th birthday party that I couldn’t attend due to the fact it was McKatie’s birthday. (Everyone went to see Garden State; Melanie had to do a shot of tequila when she arrived home.) After the baseball game, we go back to The Boyfriend’s house to eat leftover cookie cake. This is the first time I meet the Boyfriend’s parents.

2004: Melanie’s house
The Boyfriend and I pull up at the same time, and I help him unload the board games we were going to play at the going back to school party. I open the front door and immediately have a minor panic attack about who is sitting in the living room. Melanie calls me into the kitchen where she is mixing cookies. She asks if I’m ok. I offer to leave and pick up something we needed at the grocery store. I pull the Boyfriend to come along with me so it doesn’t look like I’m freaking out and needing to leave. I am freaking out and needing to leave. While at the grocery store, we discuss music. I mention I’ll send him some music. The Boyfriend later recalls this night as the first time I flirted with him. I remember this as the night I bought a gallon of Fiji water to stop my nervous sweating. Also, this will later be known as A+ Outfit Night.

2004: New Year’s Eve
Melanie’s brother throws a party, and I wear my hot top. The Boyfriend and I discuss dating, and I mention how I’m dating people. One person even reminds me of him. He finally finds out why I was so nervous on the night of the board game party. He had no clue. I bring my friend Amanda to the party, and at midnight her and the Boyfriend are standing next to each other. Someone looks at them like they should kiss. They don’t. A few hours later, we pile into the Boyfriend’s mother’s car to go to Steak and Shake for a snack. I am freaking out about something in the backseat. As we eat, The Boyfriend and my freak out discuss Asian foreign policy.

2005: Postcard
I send the Boyfriend a postcard with links to my blog so he can download some mp3s.

2005: E-mail
The Boyfriend e-mails me to say he will be interning in Austin this summer. Do I know of anywhere to live? I reply: ever heard of Craigslist?

2005: Ashley’s car
On the way to the house of the next guy I’m going to fancy, Ashley and Chad announce they smell and “Jillian and the Boyfriend hook up” that summer. I laugh it off, especially after meeting the next person I’m going to fancy.

2005: Phone call
The Boyfriend is in Austin over Memorial Day weekend, but I’m in FloMo. He calls to get dinner; I tell him it will have to be next week. I say “It’s a date!” I use the word “date”.

2005: Playground
At the playground of my daycare job on a Sunday night we sit on swings and discuss. Later the Boyfriend confuses that he thought I wanted him to kiss me this night. I did not.

2005: Batman Begins
The Boyfriend calls me after work on a Friday night to see a movie. I suggest Bewitched. He suggests Batman Begins, but says “Ok! I’ll see Bewitched!” I laugh because I wasn’t serious, and the movie wasn’t out yet. As he drops me off at my apartment, I wanted him to kiss me. I call Chad afterwards and tell him I wanted him to kiss me. Chad groans thinking this is a bad idea. Melanie thinks it’s an even worse idea.

2005: My apartment
The Thursday after Batman Begins, we go to Whole Foods to pick up dinner and hostess gifts for a party we are going to that weekend in Waco. We go back to my apartment and eat bread dipped in olive oil. The Boyfriend states how he thought this was just a Macaroni Grill appetizer that you could replicate. We sit down on the floor to watch TV. In the middle of Rear Window, I lay my head down on a pillow. He says something about how he should be going. I say “No, I like having you here.” 20 seconds later, I sit up, look him in the eye and kiss him. He pulls away and says “wowwowowow, wait”. I ask what’s wrong. “I’ve wanted to do that for a really long time.”

2005: Early Morning
4 weeks to the day we kiss, the Boyfriend wakes me up at 7:14 a.m. before going to work.
-Jill! Jill! Jill!
-what . . .
-I love you.
-what . . .
-I woke up this morning, and I just knew it. I love you.
-I love you too.
-I have to go to work now! Bye!
-You don’t just wake a person up to tell them you love them and then say goodbye!

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