Valentine’s Day marks a special occasion for me and Matt, and not just because of its romantic tendencies. Three years ago, Matt and I went on our very first date, on February 14th, making this holiday our anniversary. It was actually quite a coincidence, contrary to how it seems. We did not plan to go on a date on Valentine’s Day, it just happened. We’d met through a mutual friend and by the 13th, we’d gotten to know each other on a couple of nights out. The night before Valentine’s Day, we got into a discussion about guns – random, yes I know, but we’re from Texas. I’d never shot a gun before and one of Matt’s hobbies was to go to the gun range. He made a joke that we should go the next day, and since I liked him quite a bit at this point, I emphatically encouraged the idea.
Well, the next morning I received a text message telling me to get ready and that he was taking me to shoot a gun. Looking back, I’m quite glad this was our first date activity, because it’s so unconventional that it makes the occasion extremely memorable. We spent the day teaching me the art of loading and shooting a gun, followed by lunch at Jake’s Hamburgers, and that night we went out with some friends. Who knew that was the start to whirlwind romance that would take me to Ireland and now to Spain?
Three years later, I like to think that Matt and I still go on unique dates. Last year, we traveled to St. Moritz, Switzerland for the annual White Turf Horse Race on Ice on Valentine’s weekend. This year, we’re going to Cadiz to participate in the Carnival festivities. In the meantime, we spent February 14th in the best possible way – relaxing at home. We cooked steaks on the grill, I made a pasta side, we enjoyed it all with a vintage bottle of Veuve Clicquot champagne, and after we watched the most recent episode of The Bachelor (clearly, this was my request).
I am so lucky to have Matt as my amazing partner in crime. Not only does he let me choose what we watch on tv and take me on awesome trips, but I can now load and aim a gun with superb accuracy.