I woke up a few hours after I fell asleep just as the sun was rising. I felt in such a good mood, I can’t remember the last time I was this happy! Everything in my life seems to be going well… I changed my clothes, ate breakfast and decided to do some cleaning.
I walked out onto the front lawn greeted by the cool weather and smiled to myself. Maybe if I do some extra chores around the house, my parents will start to be nicer to each other… and me… Maybe now the pieces of my life will finally fall into place and not be so broken…
Those rare days I happen to be in a good mood, I tend to do my best to spread it to others; doing whatever I can to make them feel as good as I do. After a few hours of cleaning up and tidying the house as quietly as possible, I decided that maybe it was time I changed my wardrobe…
I walked out to the forest behind our yard and bent down by the tree closest to our house. This is where I have been stashing my money from my part time job since leaving it in my room was too risky. I opened the glass jar and decided to count my savings… $2,786.41, Wow, not bad; I am impressed. I had saved up more than I thought. I took out $750 and decided I would spend it at the mall in order to give my closet the much overdue makeover it deserved.
In all my years of living here, I have never really come downtown in order to just spend the day shopping for me… me! I could not begin to contain my excitement.
- 4 HOURS LATER
After what felt like an eternity, I narrowed down the list of all of the things I wanted to buy, came home with the necessities, and began to put them away. I consider this a pretty successful shopping trip considering it was my first time.
I threw the magazines on the ground, placed the makeup and perfumes I bought on the counter and folded all of the new outfits I bought, and put them away. I began to think about what I should wear, how I should do my hair, makeup… et cetera… I suddenly felt like all of those giddy girls I saw on TV preparing for their dates, I could feel myself wanting to change…
I struck a pose and took one last look at myself in the mirror… this was going to be the end of the old hand-me-down wearing girl, who never really bothered to put an effort for herself… and hello to the new me…
At ten past twelve I arrived at the riverside, I felt completely unlike myself. So comfortable, confident, fierce… I can’t wait for Monday so that I can tell Mia and Juliana absolutely everything and show them the new me.
As I stare at the beautiful blue water glistening in the morning sun, I realize that being a happier person makes you see the world around you as a more beautiful place…
I need to maintain my current state of mind if I want to enjoy life without any regrets. This change was long overdue, and though Travis wasn’t the sole cause, he certainly provided me with a the spark to ignite my desire to finally take action.
As time ticked by, I began to feel a bit worried. What if Travis thinks I’m overdoing my looks just to impress him. Will he think I am shallow… or materialistic?…
“Hey, looks like it’s my turn to keep you waiting.” his voice called out from behind me. “Sorry I’m late.” “It’s fine.” I said while walking up to him. “I haven’t even been waiting that long anyway.” I added with a smile.
“Hey, you look different.” he said while getting a closer look at me. “Do I look weird?…” I asked.
“No, it’s actually quite nice. You look beautiful either way.” he said with a smile. His cheeks began to turn a pale shade of pink… was he getting shy? In front of me? Glad to know I wasn’t the only one feeling this way.
“So what’s the plan?” I asked him. “You said you had something you wanted to do.”
“That’s right.” he replied. “And you won’t find out about it standing around here… Let’s go!” he said while grabbing my arm and pulling me along.
After a long walk with our arms linked together, we arrived at a place on the other side of town.
“It’s beautiful.” I stated upon laying eyes on it. “I know.” he said smugly. “Come on, let’s go sit on the benches.”
I walked a step in front of him and leaned back on the bench with a smile. “So Mr. Travis, what exactly do you have in mind for today?” I asked. As time progresses I can feel myself feeling a little – ok a lot – more confident. “Well…” he began.
“I am thinking that I treat you to lunch, and then from here you just follow my lead and have a good time.” he said mysteriously. “Sounds good.” I replied with a smile. At this point I could honestly watch paint dry with him and it would feel special… because we would be together.
He took out some supplies and began to cook. I sat and watched him work.
When he finished, we sat side by side and ate… chatting away for most of the time. “Sorry I kind of burned it…” he said sheepishly. “You’d be surprised to know I’m not the pickiest of eaters.” I said with a laugh. Finally a flaw, albeit a small one, glad to know he wasn’t perfect.
He then took me to some of his favorite places around town… it surprised me how little of the city I have seen considering it’s my hometown… I don’t remember much about it from my childhood… no memories.
We then strolled through the upper-class part of town with fine dining areas and exquisite gardens left and right.
We even stopped by an ice-cream truck to get a treat while we strolled in the warm weather.
I noticed a large estate on the top of a hill on the far side of town. “I wonder who lives there…” I said in awe; the place looks absolutely magnificent. “Probably no one special.” he said dismissively. His tone sounded off, but I didn’t think too much into it, I was probably overthinking things.
We carried on throughout most of the day the same way; only stopping occasionally to stare at beautiful sceneries. Today couldn’t be any more perfect… “Hey look, a photo booth.” Travis said while pointing with the hand that wasn’t interlocked with mine. “Want to get our pictures taken?…” I have to say… the way things progressed from there was quite interesting…
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