Monday, October 20, 2014

The Love Story: Summer Begins

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Thankfully, the week of Kevin's pre-camp training week, and my week of crazy final finishes on my studio project, came to an end and it felt so good. I drove to pick Kevin up from the airport and took us straight to my apartment where we sat on the sofa, held hands and talked for hours just holding each other.
I wanted nothing more than to be done with school. I was beyond exhausted after my projects and exams were never a strength of mine. Yet, the more I wished away the days, the more I realized that with the end of this week also brought the end of Kevin and I's time together for this semester. To combat the stress of exams and squeeze some final moments together, we took a date to a local park. We decided walked outside the ballparks and playgrounds, taking the long way around, talking about the summer that lie ahead and holding hands. It was so bittersweet, all we had was one more date after this until our summer apart. 
We sat on one side of the booth at Chik Fil A on Main St. in Norman, Oklahoma, eating chicken biscuits and quietly enjoying one last moment alone before a crazy summer apart. The meal and our time ended too quickly. A friend picked me up to take me to Houston for a few days with friends and my dad before I made my way to Birmingham. Kevin, drove home to pack up his car and cried. 

A week later, Kevin picked me up from the Birmingham airport and welcomed me into his world of StudentLife camp. It was the day before we would all file into the StudentLife offices for check in. Kevin had arranged for me to stay in a hotel with some girls. We pulled up to the hotel, right outside of the airport, in a borrowed truck. In less than 24 hours our time alone would be over for  two and half months. Sitting in the truck with the dark sky above us, and the hotel parking lot lights streaming through the windows, we pulled a teenagers-in-love stunt and proceeded to happily make out in the back seat. As he pulled away and I slid into a bed in a room of girls I hardly knew, I smiled and dozed off.
 I felt like a fish out of water amongst all the people happy to see each other again, happy to see Kevin again and so eager about the summer that lie ahead. It was weird to see Kevin away from the people of  OU, he was totally and happily immersed in this group of people. In this place I was seeing Kevin in a whole new way. He had such a heart for these people and this company's mission of sharing Christ with students. I, on the other hand, was terrified. I had twenty people to get to know and a whole new world to learn for the next two and half months. This mass training week would literally be the last moments I would see Kevin face to face and not through a screen, and he was popping around to people and activities like crazy.
Most of my heart eagerly looked forward to the moments with students, but the rest of it was anxious about Kevin and I's time apart. The summer was certainly going to test our relationship. 
My team was set to leave a day before everyone else. Kevin and I sat on a bench and prayed over one another for the summer ahead in the moments before my team's departure. We hugged, kissed and hugged again. He walked me back to my room and helped me get my luggage down to the truck. I got in the van and watched him walk quickly back to his room. I looked down at my phone to see a message from him pop up. He was crying in his room. I was on a twelve passenger van trying to mesh with my new "family" for the summer.

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