My Forever Valentine

Valentine's Day has always been one of my favorite "holidays". Ever since being in grade school, and passing out cheesy homemade treats and cards, I've enjoyed the whole essence of what Valentine's Day represents. I am definitely a hopeless romantic. I'm a sucker for a good rom-com, I love hearing stories about how couples met, I love spoiling my honey with cheesy knickknacks that remind me of him, I just love LOVE! Despite the fact that I've always been a natural romantic, Valentine's Day is actually very special to me and holds a special place in my heart - it was the day I fell in love.

When Anthony and I met, we had an instant connection. He actually told me he was in love with me after only talking for a few hours! Me, on the other hand, had strong feelings for him, but wasn't quite ready to let go and fall in love. We met in December of 2012 and spent almost every day together; he would pick me up after I was done with classes, and drop me back off at my dorm in the evening, and we repeated this for months, never getting tired of one another.

I had been in a terrible toxic relationship before meeting Anthony, and that experience was the reason I was too afraid to take my walls down and allow myself to fully fall for him. I had poured my heart out to this person, and paused things in my life to make things easier for them, but in return, I was left embarrassed, heartbroken, and thinking I wasn't good enough to be with anyone.

On February 14, 2013, I went over to Anthony's apartment, and was met me at the door with a giant poster filled with all sorts of photos of the two of us, and at the top it read, "I love you Ariadne". I was immediately overwhelmed, and my eyes welled up with tears. I looked back on all the times he would do little things for me, or tell me how much he cared about me, and up until that point, I had never been in a relationship with someone who cared about ME. This wasn't an extravagant or costly gift by any means, but after seeing how much thought he put into it, I realized that this man was in love with me, and that I was in fact, in love with him too.

After staring at both the poster and him for what seemed like a century, my body was filled with this warm feeling, then I blurted out the words "I LOVE YOU!" It came as a shock to both him and me. I had been so afraid to let go, but something in me said it was time. It felt so right, and I'm so happy I finally let my guard down.

In just a few more months, I will be marrying my Valentine. I cannot begin to express the amount of love I have for this man. He is my rock, my smile, my song, and my heart.

"I fell in love the way you fall asleep: slowly, and then all at once."

John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

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