This year was definitely one of my favorite Christmases so far. My loving boyfriend, Yoshi, surprised me by conspiring with my family and coming up from Modesto to be with us. He showed up about 9:30 PM on Christmas Eve and I was so shocked I couldn't even move when he came in the door.
I love that he loves doing things like that; things that surprise me and catch me completely off-guard.
My dad made breakfast-in-bed for Yoshi, my mom, and me on Christmas morning. Then we got up and put together the foil Angry Birds Puzzle that my family gave him for Christmas. It was only like 100 pieces, but foil puzzles are freaking hard! We had to change the lights in the room so that they were dim enough for me to be able to differentiate colors in the puzzle. Not that I was the only one working on the puzzle. Yoshi did like five pieces.
My parents gave me some really comfy pajama bottoms for Christmas, so I wore them all day. It was wonderful.
Coyote came over for dinner, which was great because I never get to see her anymore. And we did another puzzle (this time a Thomas Kinkade painting of a lighthouse; Thomas Kinkade, painter of yellow) while Yoshi and my brother played a racing game and tried to fix the heater in my car. Yoshi and my dad actually got it working (I have to have a part replaced for it to completely work right) the next day while I was at the office.
So, I got to see one of my oldest best friends, one of my most favorite people in the world came to see me, and I got to be with my family. Who could ask for more than that?
Oh, and also...
My Christmas present from Yoshi. Yes, it's from Disneyland. There's a long story and a lot of meaning behind it. But this is my promise ring from one of the two people who most complete me in this world-- and I've been wearing a ring from Oose for a while now.
Sometimes I am struck by how completely lucky I am.
I thought I had experienced love before, and it really was love, but it was nothing compared to this. I think when you find the person you are really meant to be with everything just clicks and you just know. That's how it's been with Yoshi. Even when we first met it was as though being around him made everything else in the world make sense and I was just at-ease with it.
We both had to get over fear of intimacy that was left over from past relationships, as well as other random fears that probably stemmed from those unhealthy relationships. When I let go of everything else and allowed him into my heart, it was as though my heart became so full it was bursting at the seams. I think that's how it was for both of us.
He carries me when I can't carry myself and I do the same for him. Mostly, though, we just walk beside each other as equals. That's the way it should be.