Yeah... I had several moments like that this weekend.
Let's start out with the first...
I am someone who tries not to be judgmental. I preach it to my students that differences are the best things about us.
However, I was raised in a pretty conservative part of the country... and even though I speak, "Don't be judgmental." Sometimes... I have judged books by their cover. I'm not proud of it, just stating a reality.
Dating Todd...Well... dating Todd has open my eyes to things that I needed my eyes opened to.
In the past, I probably wouldn't have dated a guy like Todd because he isn't as fit as he should be... but it doesn't change the compassion in his heart or the way he makes me laugh.
Man, we laugh SO hard!
This weekend we went to stay with his buddy, Wes.
When you look at Wes, what you see is someone who is overweight, bald headed, and completely covered in tattoos.
But what you should really be seeing is the fact that Wes is an amazing guy who is compassionate and hospitable and who is one day going to make an INCREDIBLE counselor to lost teens!!
That first "Wow!" moment hit me pretty hard and fast... and honestly made me feel pretty awful.
The second one came at dinner. Wes said something along the lines of me being "WAY out of Todd's league." I proceeded to tell Wes that I don't believe in leagues... and that I am slowly learning my lesson to date the nice guys.
... it made me learn that the street runs both ways. I'm being judged just as much for the outside as Wes is...
The next Wow! came when Todd drove around the block 3 times just so I could get the perfect picture of the opera house that I wanted. I didn't even ask him... He just knew I didn't get a good picture, so he kept driving around.
Sure, I would do that on my own...
But all the guys in the past that I have been with would have done one of two things:
1. Not stopped at all for the picture
2. Circled once and when I missed the shot, basically would have told me to deal with it.
The last Wow! was just the fact that when either Todd or I saw something that interested us, we stopped.
We had no agenda, no schedule, just fun. This is how I love to travel,,, and it is nice to be with someone who feels the same.
We took a Boulevard brewery tasting tour. (Even though I don't drink beer, I had fun.)
We ate authentic KC BBQ.
We played darts.
We ate in a quaint little cafe.
We stopped for cheddar mushroom brats and beef jerky.
Yep. This weekend was just what I needed in so many ways...