You see, it was several years ago, at a Starbucks in Little Rock, Arkansas, where I fell in love. I looked across our little table, where we went to spend a mere thirty minutes talking, and eventually realized that over two hours had passed. In retrospect, I barely know what was said, but I know that I thought and dreamed of what "could never be."
All those years ago, knowing that this girl lived on the other side of the world, I felt doomed to love, but never have her. Like an ancient and classic tragedy, pulled into modern day times.
What force could draw a beautiful, brilliant, and amazing girl to want to pick up her life and move it to a foreign land? We know that only love can do that, but the time of a trip is never enough time, except in a fairy tale or Ethan Hawke movie, and so we both went home.
Three years had passed since that first time in that first Starbucks, but I remember it like it was yesterday. I hold a special place in my heart for this coffee house – Starbucks – and I hoped that Galya would to.
It was Galya's first day back in the United States, and I had carefully planned out what to say and how to say it, and I knew it would be easy. I live within walking distance of a very bright, happy, and open Starbucks, so we walked over to Antonio Plaza for coffee.
As prepared as I thought I was, on the way out of Starbucks, I still hadn't built up the nerve to ask. As we stepped outside and the door closed, I took a deep breath and ask her to sit back down.
I must have been very nervous, because she asked if she'd done something wrong. I shook my head "no" and have virtually no idea how I said what I said to her. I know I told her how much she means to me, how much I love her, how fondly I recall our time in Starbucks so many months ago, and how much I cherish those first moments alone together.
Sitting in the warm California sun, in front of Starbucks, surrounded by people, but somehow alone, I told her how much I loved her and how much I wanted to spend my life with her. I asked her to marry me and held out the ring. She said yes.
|I guess this Starbucks is now "our" Starbucks|