The next post in my love themed week is from the lovely Gemma from Life With The Peppers who has the coolest engagement story EVER!
The Missing Puzzle Piece
I spent a long time believing love was pretty much a myth. You could say I spent a good 15 years trying to work out why it was this big deal everyone was banging on about (no pun intended). Don’t get me wrong I wanted to believe in it and I honestly tried, but something was always missing, such a cliché I know, I was on the search for the missing puzzle piece.
In 2012 I finally stopped looking, I think to put it more accurately given up all hope of finding the last bit of puzzle, I mean it had now been missing for the last 15 years it was really never to be found. I was having the best summer living wild and free, until this boy showed up in a zebra coat and shiny leggings – don’t worry he wasn’t a complete nutter, we were at a festival and it was fancy dress night. Here’s where my story of love begins, who would have thought it!! There was just something about him, I can’t tell you what it was because it’s too difficult to describe, he just drew me in like nothing I’ve experienced before.
I knew it was different for many reasons; firstly he sent my head spinning and my heart racing every time I even caught a glimpse of him, he made me act like a total girl, it was actually embarrassing. My daughter started to noticed when I texting him due the smile plastered across my face. Six months had past and we were till in contact, we were in the same group of friends so we had all the excuses to see each other even though we lived in different cities. I spent those six months in complete denial; I kept telling myself it was “just sex” even though we weren’t like that and it was clear there was something there.
We ended up with all our friends on a group holiday to Thailand. We were on a boat out in Maya Bay where the film the beach was filmed, there was just him and me… in the sea, Id had a bit to drink and honestly I felt like Love just oozed out of those beautiful islands and before I knew it id said those 3 words and I didn’t even care, I wasn’t even sorry, it felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders, it was pretty spectacular place to say I love you. We came home and we were officially an item, logistically it should have been pretty hard but it was so easy, it really didn’t make any difference we only saw each other Friday to Sunday. I had never in my life felt so content, and dare I say it, found the missing piece?
Two years from when we met, Sam proposed on the hill at Glastonbury in front of hundreds of crowds of cheering onlookers, he got down on one knee and popped out a shiny Tiffany ring it was the most perfect moment, he knew it had to be there because for me Glastonbury is my spiritual home, there is no where in this world like Glasto. Fast forward another 2 years, September 2016 and we finally said our vows; we also had our little boy in June 2015. Sam is my best friend, he understands me even when I don’t understand myself or what I’m trying to say. He looks after me and listens to my weird and wonderful ideas. We don’t argue, although sometimes I do fish for one but he just looks at me and knows what I’m doing. He’s a wonderful dad to our son and stepdad to my other two, he encourages my free spirit and we make the best team.
I’d always wondered how it would feel to stop searching, to feel settled with life and I can honestly say I now know. Sometimes I look back and I realise all the crap I went through were really just moments in life that brought me to Sam, I can now connect all the dots and I’m truly grateful for the universe bringing us together that day. I knew from day 1 he was something special, but I could never of predicted just how much he was going to change my life. I finally found the missing puzzle piece, it fit perfectly like it had never even been lost, and the puzzle was a picture of a family, a family that loved as hard as they laughed.