You remember the first moment you ever set eyes on them. You were standing in the dimly lit bar in a dress that ended just above your knees, and while you were sipping on that gin and tonic while the patrons munched on peanuts, you turned to see the most gorgeous man you’d ever seen walk into the room. It was almost like he lit up the place with his gait as he leaned against the bar and ordered a drink for himself and his friend. He tugged on the sleeves of his suit jacket as his eyes look up and locked with yours.
You thought to yourself: “Could I do it? Could I really talk to him?”
Before you knew it, you were strutting your way toward him with your drink in your hand, and as the ice cubes buoyed in your drink, you tried to toss your hair back over your shoulder to give a nice smile. You’re about to speak when you realize that you have no idea what your plan was to even say. Do you tell him you like his jacket? No, that’s too lame. Do you let him know that you think he’s attractive and want to know him better? No, that’s too forward.
Finally, you fumble through your words as you say, “Have we met before?”
Yes, classic bait and switch. Let him think you might’ve met as a way to start a conversation. He shakes his head and smiles back, and he tells you he doesn’t think so because he believes he would’ve remembered someone like you. In the moment, you’re thinking about how you never thought someone so attractive would think of you the same way, but that’s the night it all began. Your journey through love with the man you were always meant to meet. You take a selfie with this man to show off to your friends later the attractive man you met, but also so you can secretly look at it on your own time with a giggle in your throat.
Your first date was to the zoo where you both talked about how you loved sea otters, and how they were just like puppies of the water. Your second date was at a restaurant near the bar where you met, and you talk to each other for hours about where you grew up, the dynamic of your parents, and how you never want to move out of the city.
More and more dates happen before you two realize that things are getting serious. You’ve met his mother, who adores you and how you dress. You’ve met his father who asks about where you work and what you do for hobbies. You sit on their porch in the suburbs in the mild, July evening while you sip beer from a bottle and play a card game.
Then one day, while you’re telling him how stressed you are about not being able to find a new place sooner than later because your lease is up, and the rent is getting to be too high, he turns to you and asks, “Do you want to maybe move in with me?”
You jump at the chance, and you place all your mugs, plates, and clothes in boxes before you move across town into his one bedroom apartment. You realize that this has all been happening for so long, that you almost forgot that your anniversary is coming up. What do you give the man you’d like to spend the rest of your life with? How do you let him know that you’re his for forever?
Luckily, there’s a photo-to-text, where you can take that image you took that first night at the bar and have it printed out on one of three canvases. More than just that, you can write whatever you want on it, and you’ll never have to worry about giving him something that doesn’t say enough. Really! You could write all about how much you care for him. How you never want to spend your life without him. How you miss him in the moments when he’s away, but it’s worth it just to get the rush of seeing him again.
When you give him the gift for your anniversary, there’s nothing complicated about it. The canvas arrives ready to hang, so while you two discover the perfect place to hang it, all you need is a hammer and a nail. Nothing more!
In the hallway outside your bedroom, you get to see that image of you two every day before you go to the bathroom to brush your teeth, and as you shake the frizz out of your sleepy hair, you can smile comfortably knowing that he will always know everything you love about him. That every morning he’ll be able to read how much he means to you. That every morning you thank yourself for being awkward in that dimly lit bar and asking him if you knew him because in reality, you didn’t know him at all, but now, you’re so glad you do.
The gift keeps on giving, though, as you can share the image on your social media, so those same friends that you shared the photo with to show off your boyfriend will now be jealous of what a fantastic gift you gave him. They’ll wonder, “How?! How did you do that? Where is it from?”
You’ll smile and tell them all about photo-to-text, and you’ll tell them how perfect it was for your anniversary. Could it be perfect for theirs, too? Looks like it’s time for them to find out.