Three thousand, six hundred, and fifty-three days

Sarah-Rose and Craig. Babysize!
2000

It was 6:15pm on the 15th July 2000 and one of my parents called me to dinner, I hung up the phone and almost skipped downstairs, thinking to myself I have a boyfriend … I have a boyfriend.

It had been a strange conversation. I had received a rushed call from Petra telling me to call this boy who had kissed me two weeks earlier, because he wanted to ask me out. She told me his number and I memorised it instantly (565 1406 I think) and called him with shaking fingers. He didn’t ask me out. I danced around the subject, he seemed happy to hear from me but He Didn’t Ask Me Out. That is all I can remember, it was probably all I could hear, until finally it came about that he thought we were already going out. That his friend Brent had asked him out for me. Oh teenage romances, they are the stuff a plotline hates.
I made him ask me. It was only right. And then it was dinner time and I had no idea what had begun.

As a reticent older child I didn’t tell anyone, of course, and it was two weeks before he asked me to go to his 6th form formal (prom) with him and I knew I needed a dress. And to get the dress I needed money. And to get the money I would have to tell my mother.
I remember standing in front of the heater and telling her I needed a dress, that I was going to a formal, and that it was with a boyfriend type boy.

That photo up there is a from that dance. My hair too formal, too tight, pearl studs in my ears and something akin to trepidation in my eyes. Craig looks like a baby, and the gap in his teeth was still there then. He brought me an Iris and he was so very very tall.

Still is, really.

Did you do the math? 2000 to 2010.
Today Craig and I have been Craig and I for a decade.
I had no idea all those nights ago. No idea at all.

Craig and Sarah
2005

Anniversary Picture 2010
2010

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5 comments

  1. Miss Matryoshka · July 14, 2010

    So sweet! xo

  2. Crumble · July 14, 2010

    Wow that is so awesome! Congrats!

  3. Vitamin K · July 14, 2010

    ❤ Congratulations! That's awesome.He's so lucky you wanted him despite the little devil goatee thing :p

  4. Bridey · July 14, 2010

    How cute! Ahh, high school balls. I have an awkward photo of Owen & me from 2000 as well! It seems so long ago but so recent at the same time…

  5. Sarah-Rose · July 16, 2010

    Miss – Thank you!Crumble – Since last July I've been sporadically turning to Craig and saying "a DECADE! a DECADE!" I think this will continue until next July.Kim – Thank you – and yes, now the goatee thing? eesh! so bad. But, interestingly, the second time we met, the first time he looked at me more than once, he told me he looked like the devil. I thought that was cute.Bridey – It's such a trip, I felt so old and yet I look so damn young.

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