Last weekend when I was in Greensboro I stopped at that spot that I hadn’t been to in almost four years.
It was May 25, 2008.
I told him to meet me at 11:30 at the Triad Farmer’s Market on the Sandy Ridge exit. I wore a black eyelit dress with a pink ribbon around the waist. He wore a t-shirt and khaki shorts. I was waiting for him with a blanket and a picnic basket of chicken salad, Pringles, apples, and cookies that later melted in the sun. We drove around, looking for a quiet spot to have a picnic, and found a rec center down the road from the farmer’s market.
We ate and talked on the blanket talking for hours. A group of kids came to throw the ball in the baseball field next to our patch of grass. I don’t know why or who brought it up, but suddenly we were talking about kissing and I became the most awkward girl alive. I kept fidgeting and giggling and it’s a little embarrassing to think of how silly I was back then.
Next thing I know, he leaned over and we had our first kiss. My first kiss ever, actually.
When I was single, I would sometimes read Song of Solomon to gain some wisdom on relationships. I always found it strange that the girl in the book urges women three different times not to awaken love until the time is right. When a message is repeated in Hebrew, it’s something serious the writer wants to get across. I remember thinking, when do you know if the time is right? How will I know if he’s the one? What does that mean for my life? So many uncertainties.
I can’t answer those questions for you now, those are answers you have to find on your own journey. But I give the same plea as the author does:
“I adjure you, O daughter of the world, do not stir up or awaken love until it pleases.”
Because believe me, once you find that love, it will be worth it.
PS – See Song of Solomon 1:7, 3:5, 8:4
What a GORGEOUS spot! My first kiss with my boyfriend was 13 years ago, and it was next to the ice box in his fraternity house dining room. Not nearly as picturesque. Thanks for sharing this lovely story.
What a sweet story!
So sweet! And the song of Solomon is just lovely!!ni see a great series out of this post:-)
What a sweet story! Thanks for sharing with us.