This week I had one of "those" days... you know, the kind where you wish you could just go back to bed and start all over again? If only it were that easy! (after a stressful night at work) my cellphone started acting up... note that this is my 2 month old Blackberry that is still TOO NEW to start giving me problems!!! It was working just fine until all of a sudden the screen froze up and it wouldn't let me do anything. After several unsuccessful attempts at rebooting the phone, I reluctantly went to sleep pretty frustrated... which meant I didn't sleep very well either. I woke up earlier than I had originally planned, just so I would have time to stop at the store on my way to the Citizens' Academy (which happened to be held at my own work that night). I waited forever-and-a-day for Technical Support to call my name, only to have them to inspect my phone and tell me that it wasn't something they would be able to fix and the phone would need to be swapped out. The good news is that I pay for insurance on the phone so it could be replaced... the bad news is they didn't have any of these phones in stock at their store, so they would need to order it and it would have to be shipped from the warehouse and delivered in *GASP* 2-3 business days! Ordinarily I could easily go without a phone for 2-3 days... I may not LIKE it, but I could do it. The difference this week was that the very next day was my birthday... so no cellphone meant no happy birthday phone calls and no happy birthday ... which would suck the "happy" right out of my birthday! I asked if there were any phones in stock at other stores in the area... I didn't mind driving if it meant I'd have a phone for my birthday! Just my luck, there were NONE of these phone at ANY Verizon store within a 60-mile radius! Sadly, I left the store without a phone... :(
When I got to work, I called my house to give them my work number... my Grandma had been planning on calling me bright and early to wish me a Happy Birthday (she wanted to be the first one!) and then I called Brian to vent to him. I may have been turning 29 the next day, but I'm still capable of being a big whiny baby sometimes and this was no exception! Needless to say, I was just so incredibly frustrated (and bummed) that I started crying. Brian did his best to console me... he told me that things would be ok and that I shouldn't cry. I wasn't interested in hearing any of his calming words... I wanted to continue my pity party (table of 1! LoL) so I was pretty quick to get off the phone. I sulked down the hall to my class and pouted some more... like for the next 3 hours! =)
My class normally goes until 10pm but this week we ended a little early, at about 9:40. My shift at work didn't start until 11pm so I had a little over an hour of time to kill and I still hadn't eaten, so I walked outside to my car to go find some grub. When I got out into the parking lot, I was just about to get in the car when I heard "Excuse me, Ma'am..." - I looked over and saw Brian standing next to his truck across the parking lot. "What are you doing here??" I asked him... he just smiled and said "Come here for a minute..." so I started to walk towards him. "Close your eyes, but keep walking... I'll tell you when to stop." he said. I wondered what was going on, but I followed his instructions. When I got over to the truck, he said "Now close your eyes and hold out your hands." I did as he asked, and the next thing I knew I was holding a brand new Blackberry in my hands. This man... this WONDERFUL man... had driven from Columbia to Bel Air (that's about an hour ride) and bought me a NEW phone (at full price, I might add) and then drove to Forest Hill to hand deliver it to me, just so that I wouldn't have to go without a phone on my birthday! The phone can be returned, in original condition, within 30 days but you have to pay a 10% restocking fee. It's not the money that was such a big deal, it's the idea that someone would be willing to go COMPLETELY out of their way and do something so kind and so thoughtful for ME...
I don't know where Brian came from and I don't know why I was lucky enough to find him, but I do know that I'm holding on tight and never letting go... sometimes I feel like I don't deserve someone as good Brian but I appreciate him more than words could ever say. This isn't because he bought me a phone... it's because day-in and day-out, he treats me better than anyone ever has. He makes me feel like I'm the only girl in the world... he makes me feel beautiful and special and a million other things that I can't put into words.