I met Joel when I was 16 years old.
The first time I ever saw him, he was making loud noises in front of a group of people. The second time, he was doing something stupid with his mates. The third time, he came up to speak to a friend of mine and I remember thinking… “oh, it’s him again… the crazy idiot.”
As I watched him walk away, he looked back over his shoulder… at me! Directly looking at me as he was walking away! He wasn’t nervous about it at all. He was confident and gave a little smile but not in the immature way I’d seen before. My heart flipped out of my chest.
Some time passed and he plucked up the courage to speak to me over MySpace and we chatted a lot over MSN too (showing my age here! 😂) We’d occasionally get-together in college and then eventually started having hour long conversations with each other most nights over the phone. He was my best friend for a good few months. We went shopping together, had cinema dates and he made me laugh so much… all… the… time! He was hilarious! (ah! got to love the honeymoon period!)
BUT… he was my friend. Sometimes, I considered that we could be more than that but he was so different from other guys I had been attracted to. I’ll just say my 14/15 year old self loved a “bad boy” (shivers) and Joel was… well… certainly not that.
On a trip to the shops one day, we discussed being a couple but had agreed that college came first and if anything was to happen it would be at the end of the school year. So we walked back to the bus stop and stood there waiting with many others.
He caught me off guard and kissed me spontaneously at that bus stop on 27th April 2007.
And as they say… the rest is history. We’ve had ups and downs. Break ups and makeups. Joel was my first love and I married him on 12th September 2015. He’s my best friend in the entire world and I couldn’t imagine life without him.
It’s crazy to think we’ve been together for almost 10 years! We grew up together but in very separate ways and in this time our foundation was always built on friendship.
Our younger selves have even been captured on film for a friends college project. It’s so cute! I used to cringe every time I saw it but I love it more and more as we get older.
Every love story is beautiful, but ours is my favourite ❤️