“So it’s not gonna be easy. It’s going to be really hard; we’re gonna have to work at this everyday, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, everyday. You and me… everyday.” – Notebook
Every love story has a beginning… It was what seems forever ago….Cool December breeze from Pacific ocean was dancing around us as we sat outside on a porch of a beach house. Winters in Outer Banks is what I miss the most about it. Empty streets, how quiet it gets at 6 pm and how early darkness covers everything around. It had to be after six, as I remember how dark it was when two girls, me and Krystina, were sharing misfortunes of a love life with each other. Another heart broke, another tear shed. We were talking the night away, learning as much as we could about each other and suddenly out of nowhere I told her: you know what? I know a perfect guy for you. As a matter of fact- YOU know him too! 🙂 We looked at each other and after a second of silence laughed nervously. It could not be THAT easy! “No, it can’t be HIM, he is always quiet and keeps it to himself”,- Krystina said aloud what we both were thinking. Of course how much easier it is to like a Bad Guy, the wild one, who is talking, flirting left and right and how much harder it is to notice someone who is quietly just living a life as a good person?!! I start convincing her by telling her all the reasons why HE is the one. After few more hours of a girl talk it has been decided that Krystina has to make an appearance at our New Year’s Party next evening and really meet Vitaliy. She knew him before but never really took the time to see him. I knew Vitaliy since school. Well, long story short, I just knew how good of a guy he is inside and that it takes a special girl to break down his shyness and make him talk. 🙂
What I kept dearly in my heart is a memory of two people walking on the beach next evening till the sunrise: Krystina and Vitaliy. And so their love story begun. Few months later I received a phone call from Krystina, she was asking my help to pick a wedding dress and also asking to be her Maid Of Honor- of course I agreed with excitement and disbelief. I remember driving through Virginia Beach, getting lost on our way back home and just thinking how crazy was the entire idea that THAT night, on our porch led to this beautiful start of a new life they are about to enter.
Fast forward to June. I am nervous. It has been at least 4 years since I’ve seen them both. I am driving through streets of unknown me town and can’t help but wonder if I should have called more often, should kept in touch better, so I knew these people better. We used to spend almost every day side by side, doing things, experiencing our new life in a foreign country, but it has been way before I became mother and my life took completely opposite turn from theirs. Are we going to like each other the same way? Are we going to have something to talk about?
Needless to say- we had TONS of topics for our conversations. They made me feel so welcome at their house! One evening I offered to take their pictures and then I knew, I saw it – they are still the same, that couple, holding hands on a beach and walking along the sideline of the ocean till the sunrise…