Thursday, September 16, 2010

April 18, 2003 - Day 1 of 10



I've recently started reading a new book. It's called "The Ten Best Days of My Life" by Adena Halpern. Much to my surprise, it's about a Twenty-Something woman who got hit by a mini cooper, and died. If she wants to stay in "7th Heaven," she must write an essay of the ten best days of her life. It got me thinking - what are the ten best days of my life? It's not as easy as it seems coming up with ten days, but here is my first.

The day was Friday, April 18, 2003. At the time I was 23 years old, and very much into going out every weekend. My friend Jessica and I had talked about getting our belly buttons pierced, (no, that's not why it's one of my best days) so we went to Grade A Tattoo over by Piere's. By the way, I was the only one who left with a hole in their belly button that day(that's one of the reasons Jessica's nickname is SmallFry). I can't remember if we went shopping that night too or had previously gotten our outfits for that night, but I remember we both had on knee length jean skirts, nude colored sandals and matching blue tank tops that had two fingers making the peace sign. I forget who it was, but a friend of ours had thrown their fingers up into the peace sign, and said "two fingers in the air like a player." So, it was an inside joke within our group. Of course, when we saw the tank tops at the mall, we had to have them. We went to Piere's that night, which was not out of the ordinary for us to do on a Friday night. Surprisingly, we got a lot of attention for looking like twins. A lot of people actually thought we were twins (even with her long blonde hair and my short brown hair). I was in The Zone walking around, and I saw this guy that I recognized. Needless to say, I thought he was adorable (OK, hot). It took me a minute to remember how I recognized him; he worked at Autozone (I'll get to that day in a minute). I lost him in The Zone, and was frantically looking for him. I finally spotted him, and went up and grabbed his arm and said, "do you work at Autozone?" He proceeded to tell me that he used to work at Autozone, but now worked for Citilink. I introduced myself and he said his name was Joey. The rest of the night we were inseparable. We danced together and held hands. The rest is history as most of you know.

Now, you're probably asking why isn't the day I met him at Autozone one of the ten best days of my life? Well, main reason being is that I couldn't tell you when it was I met him at Autozone. I'm not sure if it was six months or a year prior to seeing him at Piere's. But, I'm thankful for that day my check engine light came on, and my Dad sent me to Autozone so they could plug that machine into my car to see what was wrong. I can however, tell you every detail of how that day went. Like I said, my check engine light came on in my Pontiac Grand Am (which was not unusual). I called my Dad, and he said to take it to Autozone. I remember wearing a jean dress and those same nude sandals (WOW -- never thought about that before). I always feel uncomfortable going into Autozone, and it didn't help that I had a short dress on. So, I walk into Autozone, and wait for Joey to finish up with the customer in front of me. I remember how tan he looked (of course he was because he's Mexican), and he had on this gold bracelet that said "Jose" on it and a square gold and silver watch (which became known as the fun bracelet and fun watch). I told him that my check engine light was on, so he walked outside, and plugged the machine up to my car. We walked back inside, and he tried to tell me what was wrong with my car. I didn't understand anything he was telling me. So, I call my Dad at home, and have him tell me again what's wrong with my car so I can repeat it to my Dad. Still not translating the information correctly, I hand "Jose" (known as Joey when I met him at Piere's) the phone and have him talk to my Dad. After hanging up the phone, Jose proceeds to tell me that he gets off at 6 o'clock, and he could come fix my car. Although, I don't remember my response, I know I smiled at him and he returned that great big smile he's so known for. (And, no I don't remember what was wrong with my car, so don't ask).

That day at Autozone could be considered one of the ten best days of my life, but I consider April 18, 2003 to be an even better day because once meeting Joey at Piere's we were best friends forever, and always will be. He truly is my soul mate and I love him with all my heart. He changed my life forever that day and taught me more about life and love than I can ever thank him for.

If what this book says is true, I look forward to seeing my best friend, Joey in heaven one day.

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