The Norman Transcript

February 14, 2014

The surprising sides of love

by Hannah Cruz
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — It’s Valentine’s Day. You know the drill: Let’s get sappy.

When I went salsa dancing with a tall, dark and handsome Cuban-American man nearly five years ago on a Friday night I had no idea it was even a date.

But that didn’t stop us from getting married a year later.

Falling in love with Nathaniel blindsided me. Since the first moment we kissed, I was sold. The days and years since then have been nothing short of surprising.

Our day-to-day lives are the definition of ordinary. But peppered into the every day are bursts of the extraordinary that fill my heart — slow dancing in the kitchen to no music while we make dinner, discovering Nathaniel has done something before I could get to it, tearful heart-to-hearts at midnight and countless moments so goofy that both of us are in stitches from laughter.

The best surprise I’ve received repeatedly through the years is the security of having another person continuously accept me at my most vulnerable. During my most insecure moments, Nathaniel has picked up my slack, lending me his zeal for life and uncomplicated happiness — a gift I will treasure the rest of my life.

Like the classic song goes, “You’re nobody ‘til somebody loves you.” In my case, I’d say that’s true. Nathaniel has given wing to my dreams, encouraged me to greater heights and shaped the person I am today, and surely the person I will become in the future.

Nearly five years since that fateful first dance, Nathaniel still catches me gazing at him like I can't believe he’s mine. Because truth be told I can’t. It’s a cliché, it’s true, but I feel lucky to be unapologetically in love.

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