The morning started out like any other day. The sun was coming up in the east, allowing the light to peek over the horizon. The darkness began to fade and everything around me came into focus. Even with the blinds on the windows, it could not hold back the light peering into to the room. I looked over at the pictures on my dresser that reminded me who I had in my life, my two children smiled over at me as they did every morning. Both were grown and gone from the nest, having their busy lives to deal with every day, contact and visits were far and few between.
Being divorced and on my own, taught me what independence was all about. Fifteen years of pushing and grinding was not enough as what started out as a fairytale marriage ended in a downward spiral with no one to blame but our individual selves. What started out as a beautiful rose ended as totally wilted peddles. That was seven years ago and this is now.
I knew something special was going to change my life today. My cellphone began to ring. I picked up as I looked down and the name Kim appeared on the screen. I pushed the button and her voice came through the receiving end.
“Hi Steve, this is Kim.”
My heart began to pound a little faster. It only took her voice to cause me to stir and allow my feelings to get the better of me.
“Good morning Kim, it’s nice to hear your voice so early in the morning.”
A soft but soothing giggle came back followed by
“Are you ready for today?”
I took a deep breath and exhaled. I wondered if this was going to be the day I had waited for all my life.
“I don’t think I could be any more ready than at this moment.”
“OK, then I’ll see you in twenty minutes.”
“I’ll see you in twenty minutes then, and Kim, thanks I can’t wait.”
“You’re welcome, Love you sweetie.”
“Love you too.”
The phone went dead. Kim and I have been seeing each other for two months now and it was time to take the next step in this relationship. The start of the NFL season was only hours away and my tickets on my night stand indicated Sept 12th 2011. Fifty yard line, four rows up. Kim had followed the Miami Dolphins but was about to be converted to a New England Patriots fan. I had my hands filled, but if I could accomplish my task at hand, I will have reached my goal and found my soul mate for life. The thought of her in a Patriots shirt with her beautiful blond hair and that dark tan brought a smile on my face from ear to ear. When she smiles the whole world lights up, it’s like having my cake and eating it too.
I showered and dressed as the smell of coffee filtered though out the house. I put on my Steve Grogan throw back jersey to express my legions to my team, went to the kitchen and poured myself a cup of java. I took a sip and carried the mug into the other room. I did a final check to make sure I had everything I needed for the day. I went back into the bedroom and grabbed the tickets off my night stand. I now have everything I needed to venture out for the day.
The doorbell rung, I walked over and opened the door. There she stood.
“What the ……..?”
She stood there as my mouth dropped, I could not believe my eyes. I was speechless.
“Are you ready to go? What a beautiful day.”
She leaned over and gave me a kiss. I was still awestruck by what I was witnessing.
She was wearing a Dolphins shirt. Was she breaking up with me. The enemy caught me off guard and crossed the threshold, causing me to lose ground. I needed to regroup and take charge of this situation before it gets out of hand. I finally recovered from the initial shock and began to game plan.
WWBBD. (What would Bill Belicheck do?) First of all don’t talk about any injuries. Be very vague with my answers. Use really, really dry humor. And the most important thing is to talk down to everyone.
“So, did you lose the Patriots shirt I got you for your birthday?”
“No silly, you know I’m a Dolphin fan.”
“I see, listen I can’t take you to the game today, I lost your ticket. Um the dog ate it.”
“You don’t have a dog.”
“It was the neighbor’s dog, I left the door open and he ran in, ate the ticket and ran out. Sorry, I really wanted you to come with me.”
I drove my knee into the side of her right knee. She went down with a single shot to the ground.
“You have a bad knee and wouldn’t be able to walk to the stadium.”
Then I kicked her in the stomach.
“And you’ve had an upset stomach since you got here, you might be coming down with the flu.”
Then I kick her in the head.
“All that noise won’t be good for those headaches you’ve been complaining about”
I drag her across the living room floor to the hall closet and stuff her inside.
“Bye honey, I’ll call you later to see how you’re doing. Listen, if you want me to not go, just say so and I’ll stay home with you.”
Total silence came from the closet. She must be sleeping.
“OK, I’ll call you later, love you”
What a catch she is, God I love her.
“Here we go Patriots here we go.”
I walk out the door and shut it behind me.