When we got back to Rome from Covington, David said those three little words that made my heart grow to five times its usual size, like the Grinch. It was sweet and precious and I was beyond excited.
We went our separate ways that night, David home to Carrollton and me back to LaFayette. A few days later, just before Christmas on December 23, he asked me to meet him in Rome to hang out. He took me out to the Old Mill at Berry College, which is such a beautiful spot. We hiked around there, just talking about plans for Christmas, when he asked me to officially be his girlfriend.
Since I was in Epsilon Sigma, this was slightly complicated because I wasn’t yet a Sister and he was a Sweetheart. Sweethearts and Pledges weren’t supposed to date, though everyone knew David and I had been friends before I joined the sorority. I wanted very much to respect the wishes of the sorority, so we waited before publicly making anything official.
January came and went, and I still hadn’t become a Sister, so we continued to wait. My birthday was coming up, and I was very much looking forward to it. I love birthdays; I love being the center of attention and being treated like a princess sometimes. It’s just fun! In high school, I dated a guy with the same birthday as me, which was just annoying because we had to be the center of attention, together. No, thanks.
Anyway, my birthday is also on Valentine’s Day, so it was kind of a heavy load for David. It was also his first Valentine’s Day that he’d ever celebrated, so I wanted to do something fun for him.
He came to LaFayette the morning of my birthday, which happened to fall on a Sunday, to go to church with my family and me. Afterward, we had a birthday party in the fellowship hall, just with David and my family. I loved it. I got to give him his gift, which I was so proud of and definitely went overboard on.
He gave me the gifts he’d gotten me, making sure to distinguish between birthday gifts and Valentine’s Day gifts (he knew me so well, even then). He got me so much awesome stuff, including the Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs DVD and a pop-up book saying “I love you” in several different languages.
After the party, David was taking me on a “secret adventure” that he gave me no clues about. We ended up going to the Tennessee Aquarium in downtown Chattanooga, which is one of my most favorite places. We also had dinner at one of my favorite restaurants, Macaroni Grill (they give you crayons to color the tablecloth!). It was such a wonderful day.
The next weekend, I had a big party at Mellow Mushroom in downtown Chattanooga with friends from Shorter and from home (I told you I love birthdays!). There were about twenty-five people there, and I think we had to wait on a table for way over an hour, but it was so much fun. I loved having so many of my favorite people all in one place.
The next week, on Tuesday, February 23, we had an Epsilon Sigma meeting, just like every other Tuesday. But that night was very different because it was the night I finally became a Sister. It was amazing, and I was so blessed and honored to become an official Sister to some of the most wonderful ladies. After the meeting ended and all my new Sisters went to update their Facebook statuses, exclaiming how excited they were to be Sisters, David and I went to update our relationship status. We were finally official.