Almost 4 months in and Joe and I have made it to our 2nd season together. I hate to turn into a sap, but things just keep getting better. For instance, Just yesterday I fished off of the bank of the Sandy River by myself. Yes, I went fishing by myself for the very first time. Something I have always wanted to do but lacked the confidence and knowledge, but Joe pulled it out of me. I was texting him all morning about all the things that were happening. I showed up at a fishing hole at 6am ready to be the first one there and then got nervous when a bunch of other cars started pulling up. I had never been to this hole and I was hoping I'd be there early enough to beat the crowd. I realized when I got there that it was so dark I had no idea where I was going and I almost died off a cliff thinking it was a trail. lol. I didn't catch a fish that morning but I definitely learned a few things and hopefully I will keep learning and eventually catch something on my own. But aside from that, I have to toot Joe's horn because even though he had major FOMO that I decided to wake up that morning and fish on my own, he set up my pole for me the night before so I didn't have to stress about tying the knots on my line and he had his ringer on loud so he could be there for me in the morning if I needed him. And then when I got my line all tangled by the end of my stint, I brought my reel to his house the next day and he got it all neat for me again. I also failed to mention that he took me out bank fishing for my first time before this and gave me a bunch of pointers. We have gone fishing together twice now and I can't wait for more!
And what a fantastic communicator! We make sure to chat on the phone every single night that we don't see each other and usually make it for an hour, sometimes two. This started very early on and I believe that is what has progressed our relationship so quickly. For the first month or two it was almost as if I was seeing 2 different people. Phone Joe, and real life Joe. I felt like I really knew phone Joe, but when we'd meet in person I'd get nervous because it's such a different feeling to be with someone in real life and a bit nerve wracking being so new. But I'm happy to say that both Joe's have finally merged together into a super version!
And we genuinely have fun together. We took a gummy the other night at McMenamins Grand Lodge and I've never laughed so much with someone in my life. Just a couple of silly gooses that also get to smooch. What a lucky life!
I'm so grateful I've found a partner that is adventurous and patient and kind. And I'm so glad that in spite of myself, I have stuck out some ups and downs only to come out stronger together. I've found someone that wants the same things in life and is willing to put in the same work and effort to make it happen. I don't have much more to say except that I am absolutely in love and hopeful and what more could you ask for? xoxoxo
Dallas Brown is a pop country singer song-writer livin the dream!