I have never felt more safe, secure, protected, sure, content, happy, and stable; I have also never felt so much like someone threw me into a river with swift current that swept me away from where I intended to go on the bank and then threw me over a waterfall. Then at the bottom of the waterfall there’s a tropical paradise with unlimited chocolate cake and really lemony lemon bars, but you can only reach it by exploding, I mean being swept over a waterfall by a river you didn’t see coming to get you. or both.
You know that Christmas morning feeling? The one where you’ve been waiting for weeks and weeks for Christmas morning to come, waiting for that ecstasy of delight. You’ve accepted that Christmas will never really come, that an eternity of normal mornings will have to pass. Then, one morning, it actually is Christmas, and you wake up just like any morning. And you stare into the dark for a few seconds before you realize that it’s Christmas morning, and for a little while, you’re not really sure. Is it really Christmas morning? Is it really happening? That’s how I feel. I’m spinning, whirling, soaring, falling, unsure, and almost ready to throw up from the thrill of the ride. And I feel that way because something finally feels stable and safe and real and right and good and like my heart is floating in a sea of hot chocolate surrounded by playful otters.
The weekend started out innocuously enough, no signs or portents to point to the sun exploding in my head. I was sick, and I was staying over at The Pirate’s place for the weekend. But the weekend soon morphed into one of those lovey-dovey montage scenes from an 80s chick flick. There was late night conversation, cuddling on the couch, walking in the spring sunshine, morning sex, lazy hours cuddling in bed, and a whole lot of soul-sharing and nearly bursting with happiness. By the time this morning came, we’d said a lot of things we’d been thinking but had planned on keeping to ourselves for several more months. Instead of that reasonable, measured plan for our relationship we’d both been envisioning, suddenly things were tumbling out of our mouths too early. They still felt right, the ideas weren’t unfinished or premature, it’s just that we hadn’t planned on taking them out until they’d had time to solidify and cool. Instead we found ourselves with them fresh from the oven and a little hot to touch, tossing them back and forth between us like hot potatoes.
By sundown last night, everything and nothing had changed. The Pirate and I are planning on moving in together, getting married, probably having children, and being together for the rest of our lives. That sound you hear is all the neurons in my head imploding simultaneously while my heart rushes around my rib cage like one of those circus motorcycle drivers.
The thing is, we knew all this before. We could both feel it, as if it all is inevitable. This isn’t a normal relationship. This is different. This is gravity and continental drift and the passage of glaciers. We knew. Nothing we said surprised us. It was more a discussion of when than if. It wasn’t, “Do you think we should get married?” It was, “When do you want to get married.” And then nuclear fusion happened and light shot out of every atom in the universe and nebulas swirled and stars were born and species went extinct and tectonic forces clashed and ocean levels rose and birds sang and metaphors got mixed and creamed and fried with toast.
I have to remind myself to pause, to question, to doubt. Everything about this relationship feels so thoroughly right and good and disturbingly The One-ish that I worry that we’ve gone blind or crazy or just taken leave of our senses.
We smiled, we cried, we said things to script writer could put in a play because the audience would find it unbelievably cheesy.
And I am left with racing thoughts and heartbeats, wanting to say everything and speechless at the same time. My battle ship is sunk, my wagon has been fixed, the fat lady just started her first encore, and my heart came back from San Francisco.