There we were, friends just sitting together late into the night talking. I don't just mean talking, like chit chatting, but that really deep conversation. That first conversation where you discover that person, that you discuss anything and everything, hours into the night, not even realizing how late it is. Well yea, it was one of those talks. Curtis and I were just sitting there in my living room. We had already talked about our families, school, church, dreams, favorite movies, life changing moments, and for some reason now we were talking about kissing.
While chuckling and laughing, we talked about the differences between guys and girls. I asked him, "Where is one place you have always wanted to kiss a girl?". He looked at me weird and says, "uh.. like on the lips?". Ha ha no, that was not what I meant. We laughed and then I was shocked to find out that guys don't day-dream like girls do of frolicking in the snow with their honey, building a snowman and then suddenly a snowball fight breaks out, then soon you realize that you are both in the snow looking at each other and then, there it is... a kiss. Sweet right!?!? Well,... yea I guess guys aren't really into thinking about the whole tender snowman scenario. Curtis was now intrigued about these kissing day-dreams and asked if I had any dream kissing spots. I did and he laughed at me as I told him some of great romantic kisses on my List, all the time continuing to tease me about my winter wonderland fantasy.
That was the night when I realized that Curtis was different than most guys, that there was something more to him, that we were already practically best friends. We started to hang out a lot more from then on, we started finding ourselves going to movies together, out to eat, snowboarding... but none were said to be dates, we were just two close friends that hung out.
Days later we found ourselves on one of our many snowboarding trips. We had been having fun, the snow had just fallen and the conditions were perfect. We spent the evening trying to show each other up by taking jumps, trying to do tricks we just couldn't do, and of course falling flat on our butts hoping the other hadn't seen. We had both flown down the mountain when Curtis shot off the trail and into the trees. He carved in and out of the brushes and trees going through the untouched powder, it looked great... well, until he reached snow that was too deep for him, making his board come to a complete stop and sending him toppling over. I of course cracked up and thought it was hysterical. So, of then my competitive side kicked in and I went flying into the trees, carving in and out of brushes. Curtis watched and was making me laugh, he was hoping for the moment of me falling; so he could get his laugh. The smile was wiped off his face when I went flying by and even sprayed a little snow on him. I turned my head gloating and laughing, well, until I lost control and fell head first sending powder everywhere.
We both cracked up and laughed and got ourselves together. Curtis and I had to take off our boards and start to hike out of the trees. It was dark with only the soft glowing lights in the distance from the lighted trails. Curtis was ahead of me, but I was able to see him working hard to push through the snow, keeping his board balanced on his shoulders. I finally got my board off and started to head out. I tried to hurry up so I could catch up with Curtis, but suddenly he stopped. I didn't know what was wrong, so I stopped and looked around, trying to see what had made him so still. Curtis slowly turned around, looked at me, and then start marching towards me. He tossed his board away, ripped off his hat and threw it aside into the snow, all without missing a beat. He walked right up to me and pushed me down into the snow. I didn't know what was going on or what was happening. While thoughts were racing through my mind, I took a moment and looked at Curtis. He was laying there looking at me in the most sincere way. At that moment he slowly came in to kiss me. It was the best kiss ever, even though both our faces were freezing and I was worried snot was going to come out of my nose. It was so natural, so familiar, and so right. Curtis pulled back and raised his hand to move some hair out of my face, looked me in the eye and said, "You can cross that one off your kissing List."
From that moment on Curtis and I have been inseparable. He is my best friend, my confidant, the father of my child, the reason I do anything, he is the best thing that has happened to me, and he helped me cross off making out in the snow. :) Happy Anniversary Curtis (well I'm a little early, technically it is tomorrow), I love you more than ever!