Meeting him in person for the first time was an almost indescribable experience. I looked up from my phone to see him standing at the baggage claim, just grinning ear to ear. I think that moment will be permanently emblazoned in my memory. I can still see all the details perfectly! I ran to him and he wrapped me up in a big hug (he's an amazing hugger!) and we shared our first kiss right there in the airport. (He's a really good kisser too!) I got to show him all around Burlington and go on ACTUAL dates as opposed to skype dates, which was lovely! We watched the sun set over Lake Champlain and earned our fair share of sore feet going up and down the hill that leads from UVM to downtown Burlington. Here are some photos!
The brave man met my family, though we ran into some difficulties on the way there. The bus ride was good, albeit chilly, but we weren't too interested in using the bathroom on the bus. We decided to look for one at our stop in Hartford while waiting for my mom to drive us to my house. We decided we'd just pop into a nearby building, go really quickly, and come back out and wait. We met up with some very unfriendly security guards who begrudgingly told us where the bathroom was in a way that confused the hell out of us. So we finally found someone friendly who pointed us in the right direction.
BUT WAIT, THERE'S MORE!
On our way out, we got lost and decided to try our luck with a side exit. All exits appeared to be locked when we tested them. So we tried going back out the way we came, only to find that the door we entered locked behind us. I started to panic a little, but Harrison kept his cool.
Me: We're locked in.
Harrison: It's not like there's nobody here. Someone will get us out
Me: Can you find where we are on your phone?
Harrison: ...it's bouncing around.
Me: How're we gonna get out? All the doors are locked, and Mom doesn't know where we are, and--
Harrison: Lizzie Lizzie Lizzie. Caaaaaaaaalm down.
Me: Maybe not all the doors are really locked. Okay. *tries door* GAAAH.
Harrison: *also tries door, door opens.*
Me: Oh. Whoops.
Cue embarrassed laughter. All this aside, my family adores him, and I think he likes them too, so yay!
The worst was saying goodbye when he headed back. I was seriously weepy after he left! One of the troubles with long distance like this is that when we'll see each other next is really anybody's guess. I tend to be super anal about planning, so this is something I constantly struggle with. Harrison's gradually teaching me how to chill out. However, we're shooting for me visiting his family this winter. We'll see what happens! Regardless, I love him and know that we'll figure things out as best we can.
Hope you all are doing well! Summer is starting for me tomorrow, so I'm gonna sign off and stop procrastinating packing. Hopefully I'll be able to be around more often once I'm home for the summer.
1) My family's getting a puppy this summer!
2) Am super glad Harrison got to visit.
3) People keep calling us an OTP.