I remember Len telling me about the sun
coming up before he went to bed that morning. I had so many problems in
a past relationship that It felt so good to find someone to
laugh like that with it was amazing. Our friend who introduced us
finally expressed she had a interest in Len but he wanted me. It was sad
and broke up all of our friendships to be together. It was all worth it.
I couldn't believe I met such a well humored and lovable man. I found
myself forgetting all the pain of the past and wanting a future with
We both had some trouble with others in
our past and opening up to him and letting him know about this stuff
felt so natural to me. I remember him saying to me on the phone, "babygirl,
I want to have a relationship with you." I think my heart jumped for joy
when Len said that to me. With that we started a relationship as our old
friend caused us problems for a bit and made us part for a couple days.
We decided to change our chat names and make new friends away from the
old ones who hated us being together. We went into another room on
Yahoo chat and soon made other friends fast. A
group I liked much better. No one meddled with Len and I.
They excepted that we were a couple and
never doubted that fact. Then this day I was on the phone with Len
getting ready to clock in at work and as we got off the phone I blurted
out "I love you!" I had never been so embarrassed but as I was hanging
my cell phone up I heard Len say, "Crystal, I love you too." I jumped at
work for a bit thinking could he really love me? He only confirmed what
he said when I got home and checked my email. It was a simple one I
still have saying "I'm not sorry for what I said this morning its true."
I remember singing happy songs for about an hour straight after that.
Then not long after we started making
plans for Len to come visit me when he got holidays in October. This was
in July, I couldn't believe he was coming all that way from Australia to
see me. I was scared but also I couldn't wait. We have all heard the
horror stories of people from the net and things. I was so anxious but I
knew Len so good and I knew he was coming here for the right reasons. My
friend Roxy, my cousin's
wife Carrie, and I went to airport to pick up Len. The wait for the
delayed plane was horrendous and I soon found
out the airport had no power on the runway so the plane couldn't land. I
so knew Len had to be tired from the twenty-six hour ride poor
man. He called me from Los Angeles to let me know he was on his way. My
heart melted hearing him say,"almost there babygirl just a few hours
more." Then, he went outside to smoke. Seeing him walk off the terminal
ramp to me was quite interesting.
See, my friend Roxanne spotted Len before
I even did and she said, "there he is Crystal" I was like where? I saw
the most gorgeous man I had ever seen before.
Len is 6'2 and dark skinned. He was smiling at me and wearing the
Tennessee Vols shirt I bought him for his trip. He hugged me and gave me
a quick kiss, we held hands,
and went to get his bag. Then, came Len meeting my parents and family.
My aunts love Len and call him their boyfriend. They are doing it
jokingly. Len laughs at them. My dad can't understand Len. My mom likes
him and asks me about him often. So, with all
that done we had a romantic dinner one night where Len
took my hand and asked for the fourth time for me to marry him. For our
six month anniversary Len went with me to get our marriage license.
Telling my parents we wanted to get
married was so hard for me. My dad's stern
words of "I don't believe in internet relationships" still rings clear
in my head. Off we went to a nearby town and got married in the cutest
little church I ever saw on November 27th, 2002. It's been
over 3 years now and I fall in love with Len a
little more everyday. I thank God for the
blessing and love of such a wonderful man.