Do you remember the first time you laid eyes on the person you fell in love with?
For me, this was a moment I’ll never forget. It’s actually a vision I try to recreate in my mind just so I can see that beautiful kitty cat one more time. Let me explain.
The year was 2008 and I was attending college at Texas State University. It was Halloween night and some bros and I were headed to the annual Texas State Halloween Party → ‘Shot in the Dark.’ This was a huge party where hundreds and hundreds of college students gathered to celebrate, drink alcoholic beverages, and dance the night away - in costumes of course.
There were tons of great costumes - I saw a bumblebee, a sexy nurse, and I even saw a real life version of Gumby! Now as you can see below, I dressed up as Maverick from Top Gun. Not my most creative costume choice but hey, the ladies dug it.
But what happened next was something I’ll never forget. As I was on the dance floor pop, lock, and droppin’ it, I caught eyes with the most beautiful black cat I had ever seen. Now usually I don’t like cats and they don’t like me, but this cat was different. This Cat had on black leather pants, ears pointed straight up, and a smile that lit up the room. Now you may be asking, “there was a cat at this party? A Cat in black leather pants?!?” NO – that would be weird. The cat I’m talking about goes by the name of C-A-T-W-O-M-A-N!!
I remember seeing this Catwoman and thinking that I better make a move before any other wild stray cat tried to snatch her up. I was PURRRRty intoxicated and didn’t want to make a fool out of myself, so instead of approaching her on the dance floor, I stayed where I was and yelled things at her like, “here kitty kitty.” I even Meowed at her like 30 times but the music must’ve been too loud because she never turned around.
Because I was too afraid to approach this beautiful woman of a cat, I decided to move on to other, less intimidating creatures like the bumblebee I mentioned earlier. But even as I was buzzin’ with the bee, I still couldn’t stop thinking about that kitty cats beautiful smile, or them black leather pants (Hubba Hubba). Something was happening in my heart, something I had never felt before, and I needed to quickly do something about it. Before I left, I was able to get Catwomans name from a friend who had a class with her. I then rushed home and did what any confident man would do in this situation, I facebook messaged kitty kat.
And the rest is history…
9 years later and here we are – living in Los Angeles, celebrating another anniversary, and about to get married. Now I know I joke around a lot but that first night when I laid eyes on Anna was a very special moment for me. Something in my heart told me I needed to pursue her. I didn’t know what that meant or what I was feeling, I just knew I had to follow my heart and I’m so glad I did.
At the beginning of our relationship to where we are now, I see a completely different woman. I see a woman who has the biggest heart of anyone I know. I see a woman who has grown in her relationship with God and lives everyday of her life with faith as her foundation. I see a woman who will walk into a room and everyone just stares at her - Maybe it’s her style, her smile, or her smell - I believe it’s how she carries herself and the amount of Love and Kindness that radiates from her body.
I also see a woman who is strong, supportive, and will sacrifice her time to help someone else….
When I made some mistakes - instead of giving up on me - she believed in who I could become and did what she could to help me get there.
When I moved to Los Angeles to pursue my dreams, she believed in me and pushed me to be great every single day. I stayed because of her encouragement.
When I got the news that My Mom was on her last few days and I needed to fly home, Anna was there to pick me up. She drove from Austin to Dallas in the middle of the night to be by my side. When we got to my moms hospital room, she was not doing well. She was having trouble breathing and couldn’t talk much. But I remember Mom seeing Anna in the doorway and saying to her, “Anna, you look beautiful.” As I look back at that night, it’s like My Mom knew what was happening. She knew she was getting ready to go to Heaven, but she also knew I had another woman who would love me and would always be there for me - She knew this woman was going to become my future wife. I’ll never forget that night.
I THANK GOD FOR FACEBOOK & I THANK GOD FOR CATWOMAN!!!
That Halloween party changed my life forever. That night I saw an angel dressed as a Cat. That night was the first time I laid eyes on the woman I would marry and spend the rest of my life with. God knew exactly what he was doing.
Anna is the rock that holds this thing together and the support system when I get overly emotional, which happens every other week. I think about our wedding day and I picture her walking down the aisle. She’s going to look so beautiful and I’m going to cry like a baby. I pray that I can always treat her like a queen. I pray that when she needs comfort or encouragement, I’ll be able to give it to her just like she did for me. And lastly, I pray that God will bless us with children and they become just like their Mama.
I also pray these things for you.
To the Ladies reading this – Find a man who is willing to give you the world and treats you like the amazing woman that you are. And when things get tough, don’t give up on him. Instead, like Anna did with me, see the man he can become and do what you can to help him get there. Help him understand his blind spots and what it means to be a MAN, not a boy, in a relationship. If you can do this, your love will grow stronger and your bond will become unbreakable. (Now if the guy continues to not give you what you want and you’re unhappy, leave him. Life is too short to waste your time on someone who isn’t willing to grow up)
To the Men reading this – Don’t hesitate when it comes to following what your heart wants. Fight for the one you love and fight for the one you see a future with. We all have our own fears and insecurities that will try to keep us from taking risks. But when you take that risk, and you work hard at becoming the man you’re supposed to become, you will fall in love with your soul mate and it will be the greatest gift you could ever imagine.
Shout out to all the couples who stick together and choose to love each other every single day, even when it’d be easier to just walk away. Thank you for the example you are setting for the next generation.
Happy Anniversary #9 to my Kitty Kat, My Punkin, My future baby mama!
Here’s to 75 more with you by my side. I LOVE YOU Mrs. Jordan!