So for the next 2 years Ernie and I went on with our lives. We were friends, close friends. We talked often. He would tease me about whatever boy I like at the time (I was always boy crazy!) and he would tell me stories of high school and his girlfriend.
One day he called me to say that his girlfriend had broken up with him. To say that I was happy is an understatement. If I'm being honest, which I am, I was SO tired of hearing about this girl. I couldn't stand her and I had never met her! (I did finally meet her when I got to high school and she's just the sweetest thing ever... oops Sorry Cheryl) I had feelings for Ernie, more than just friends feelings.
One afternoon in May of 1995. May 12th to be exact... The phone rang and it was Ernie. He wanted to know if I would like to go see a movie with him. What the what?! I played it cool and said I'd have to ask my parents. ASK MY PARENTS?!! How in the world was I going to go to my parents and say "ya, um, this 17 year old guy wants to take me to the movies and even though I've never once been on anything like a date before and you've never met him, think that'd be okay". I was a wreck!! I finally got up the courage to ask, cause I was NOT saying no to this boy. And my mom said it was okay, as long as she met Ernie first. She knew of him, because he called, a lot. I was pretty much flipping out.
I immediately called my two best friends. What do I do? Is this a date? Or is this just friends hanging out? I dunno! What do I wear?
I managed to pull myself together and wear my cutest outfit. He picked me up in his really old and really orange Chevy truck. My mom met him and then off we went. I was so nervous! We saw the movie While You Were Sleeping. It was great. And the butterflies would not die down. I wasn't nervous anymore. I was smitten.
When he took me back home, he walked me to my door and it was mildly awkward, but I could feel something between us. He leaned in to hug me or kiss me, I still don't know and I looked up, gave him a peck on the nose!! I was aiming for the mouth, and apparently I missed. I thought I was going to die. I quickly said goodnight and ran inside, boldted up to my room and worried, and thought, and day dreamed. I as a mess!!