The whirlwind that was the beginning of our relationship was nothing short of adventurous. Jeremiah loves to travel and in six months we had been to a different state each month for quick weekend roadtrips. In September of 2009 we flew to Nashville, TN to visit a mutual friend. I was super excited to see a new city and for the possibility of some Country star celebrity sightings. Taylor Swift was scheduled to stop over in Nashville on her Fearless Tour and I begged Jeremiah to go.
After I got out of my serious relationship almost a year prior, Swift's Fearless album became my personal anthem. There was a period of time when I couldn't listen to her song "White Horse" without tearing up. Jeremiah suffered through the road trips listening to Taylor Swift non-stop and he came to know how much that album meant to me.
Garth Brooks once sang, "I've got friends in low places," Jeremiah and I were fortunate enough to have friends in high places in Nashville and were able to score VERY decent seats to Swift's concert. Jeremiah graciously accompanied me to the venue with his pride mostly intact (he got some fresh jabs after friends found out he was attending a Taylor Swift show) and we waited anxiously with many squealing 12-year-old girls for the first strum of Swift's guitar.
When Swift began to play "Fearless" I grabbed Jeremiah's hand and sang the lyrics to him. It rang true to our situation, we were good friends before we started dating and there was an element of fear on both of our parts. We were both hesitant to ruin the great friendship we built, but decided to risk it all and make it more.
As I continued to be a cornball and sing at the top of my lungs Jeremiah smiled and said to me:
"I'm going to marry you someday."
In the midst of all of the chaos and squealing 12-year-old girls, I became one of them.
I squeezed his hand and felt completely at ease. I had met my match, my Romeo that had come to save me.
If only he had said: "Marry me, Juliet, you never have to be alone, I love you and that's all I really know..." But I think that's asking a bit too much.