Do you remember? Cool Fall evenings, jitters in the pit of your stomach, randomly smiling for seemingly no reason, warm hands – fingers intertwined – while walking side-by-side, the date that lasted for hours and you can’t remember anything that was said because all of your concentration went toward attempting to keep your nervous body from shivering so much that you fall out of your chair, hoping he kisses you goodnight, the freedom to reach out and touch the person you love, staring into someone’s eyes who is lovingly staring back, your heart pounding a mile a minute just because he walked in, having someone’s name to scribble when you’re bored or dreamy, knowing looks from across the room, little random love notes, happily anticipating a phone call…..do you remember?
When you have it, it is beautiful until it isn’t anymore and then it is gone. And then you’re left with memories.
(First published on July 10, 2010. Edited and updated on February 21, 2011.)