I meet TEN's dad and stepmom on Saturday. I was super nervous, and it turns out that I had no reason to worry. It's silly, but I always get nervous when I meet someone's parent. Well, not my friends of course, but my person. I usually have a pretty positive outlook about life, but in this instance I start thinking:
"What if they don't like me? How will that effect our relationship?"
"What if I don't like them? Will I still want to move forward with this relationship?"
It's almost like I prepare myself for the worst. That way I can't ever be disappointed. It's silly. I know.
Saturday in Smalltown, VA was glorious!!! The sun was shining and it was warm...almost like a spring day! TEN's dad and stepmom came to town around 11am. When I walked in, TEN's dad gave me a huge bear hug and said "I'm so glad to finally meet you". And you know what? He meant it. And I knew it. And that made me relax bunches.
We all visited and chatted at TEN's, and his dad told funny stories about their family and we all laughed. We then piled into TEN's dad's car and went to pick up lunch. We decided to take them to our favorite local winery, which has great views of the city, for a picnic.
You know how it is when you meet people and are immediately comfortable? You don't have to be quiet and just listen because you are afraid you may say the wrong thing. You laugh easily. You are really interested in what they are saying. And...they are interested in what you are saying. It's just easy. All of it. Well, that was the kind of day we had.
When we got back to TEN's apartment we talked about the fact that TEN and I are going to look at puppies this weekend. I want a Westie. TEN wants a Westie as well, but because he currently lives in an apartment he isn't going to buy one. He wants to share my Westie, and I think that is a GREAT plan. Because...truth be told...I'm a little nervie doing it on my own. TEN's stepmom loves dogs, and had lots of great advice for training my new pup. She and I talked for an hour straight about the best methods for house breaking pups, teaching them tricks and most importantly....making them mind :)
After a while they decided to head back home to their city (oddly enough, TEN's mother AND father live in the same city as my mother. talk about a coincidence!!).
TEN and I were both exhausted. I think we were both so excited/nervous/whatever about the day that we wore ourselves out. So, we walked down to a local pub for dinner and proceeded to drink much wine and watch a few movies on his couch for the rest of the night.
Today TEN told me that his dad e-mailed him to say just how much they liked me, and that they sure hope I liked them too. I told him that I hoped he said that I did, very much so. They are lovely people, and there is nothing not to like about them. And I'm so very glad that I met them, because knowing them helps me know even more about TEN. And I like that.