Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. Having a one-month-old (can you believe it’s already been a month?!) has me kind of sidetracked this year, and I haven’t even given the holiday a second thought until now. But thinking about Valentine’s Day and love and Johnny has me remembering when Johnny and I very first met. Those first several dates laid the groundwork for our relationship.
And let me tell ya, those dates involved very little money. Barely any, in fact. It all began on a Saturday…
We Meet: $1
Johnny and I met at a theater… a dollar theater. I was on a date… with Johnny’s roommate, if you could even call it a date. It ended up being me and three guys at a movie, and Johnny was one of them. I’d seen Johnny before (we lived in the same apartment building), but we’d never met before that night. Johnny sat to the left of me during the movie, and I liked the smell of his cologne. On the drive home, Johnny hitched a ride with his roommate and he and I chatted it up. This blonde, curly-haired boy had me intrigued.
Second Encounter: $4
I invited Johnny and his roommates over to my apartment for ice cream and truth-or-dare Jenga. We talked afterward and exchanged numbers.
Johnny texted me (a new, cool technology!) some clever quip about a test we were both studying for.
First Date: $6
Johnny invited me to take a study break and go get shakes at a diner down the street from where we lived. He was very adamant about paying for me, which I saw as a good sign and considered it our first date.
Second Date: $4
I invited Johnny to take a study break, so we went and got drinks at 7-Eleven. We sat in his truck for 3 hours and just talked about everything. It was our first time having a deep, meaningful conversation. We talked about our families, what had most affected us in life and made us who we are today.
Study Date: $0
We met up and studied for a couple hours. Johnny asked me out on an official date for Saturday night. Boom!
Group Hang Out: $0
I hung out with Johnny and his two roommates. I realized that night that I might really like Johnny. And I got home that night convinced that he only saw me as a friend. But before I fell asleep, I got a text from him asking if I wanted to study with him at the library the next morning. He was thinking about me! (I think you know what my response was!)
Study Date: $0
We studied at the library for a few hours. I’m pretty sure that was the most ineffective study session I’ve ever had. I was so distracted and giddy with the boy sitting across from me that I couldn’t concentrate at all.
First Official Date: $0
We gathered blankets and pillows and drove up to a dark, vacant parking lot near the top of Sundance resort. Johnny kept promising me he wasn’t some creepy dude. He was in an astronomy class and had invited me to go look at the stars with him for an assignment. We laid in the back of his truck and listened to Death Cab for Cutie while we counted shooting stars. It was cold, which was the perfect excuse to get nice and cozy. Johnny’s sister called while we were up there and asked if we were cuddling (*cue nervous laughter*).
And after that date, and just a week after meeting him, it was official: I was falling for Johnny.
Money it took to fall in love: $15
So if you’re thinking about spending a ton on your significant other this Valentine’s Day, DO IT! He/She is probably worth it. But just remember that it isn’t necessary.
How much money did it take for you to fall in love? And, no, we’re not soliciting mail-order brides (but we’re dying to hear that story if you’ve got it!). So let’s hear your stories!