I have no picture to post today because I dropped my cell phone in the toilet, so I'll just write about something beautiful instead...
Today is not only St. Patrick's Day, it is also the thirtieth anniversary of my husband's and my first date and kiss. I was sixteen and a junior in high school. He was eighteen and a senior. We were both cast in the school play, "Arsenic and Old Lace," and when the production ended we both attended a cast party. I had had a crush on him since the moment I saw him at auditions for the play, and I saw the cast party as my last chance to get him to notice me too.
I tried and tried to flirt. At sixteen I was not so experienced at this. Then later during the party everyone went downstairs and we were all dancing. The lights were low. Michael Jackson's Thriller album was playing on the stereo, and I knew that the next song up would be a "slow dance" song, so I positioned myself in the room just so my future husband would have no choice but to ask me to dance.
My scheme worked. We dance, not just to that one song, but for the rest of the night. He wouldn't let anyone else ask me for a dance. We didn't kiss that night. Before he left he hugged me and said, "Give me a call."
I said, "Why can't you call me?"
He said, "Because I lost the piece of paper with the cast phone numbers on it."
I was really scared that I was getting the brush off, but I called him the next day, asked him out on a date, and he accepted. My best girlfriend chauffeured for us, and we cruised the loop downtown and went out for ice cream. When we dropped him off at his house I walked him to the door and stood there with a stupid grin on my face until he had no choice but to say, "Aw, give me a kiss."
And that was that. He was mine forever.
And I had just finished composing and sending him a lovely Happy Anniversary card to send via text message when I dropped my phone in the toilet. Yes, I was sending a romantic message from the throne. Fitting for thirty years, no? The ONLY good thing about dropping my phone in the toilet is I did it AFTER flushing.