Sometimes right in the middle of an ordinary life, one comes across their very own fairy tale. Sometimes this fairy tale is embedded in what at the time is simply an ordinary moment, in an ordinary day, an ordinary week, or an ordinary year. Moments that on the surface may seem insignificant, but when looking back have changed the course of your own future forever.
It was 2004 and I had just started working at Bunnings Warehouse Stafford. Whilst my exposure to hardware was limited to tagging along to Mitre 10 with Katherine and Allan from next door, I relished the social culture; Many parties, events and awards nights. At these events, I became friends with fellow checkout operators; Anna & Anna, fellow inductee, Jess, and Trav, from the timber yard.
As a Service Desk Operator, customers would often come to me to return faulty equipment; Broken lawn mowers and the likes. In some instances we would need a ‘specialist’ to sign-off on these returns. This is where I met Dan from Power Gardening. Now Dan from Power Gardening was always very helpful; He’d process the returns and give advice on fixing the lawn mowers. He was the sort of person you’d enjoy dealing with, and the thing I noticed most was his gorgeous smile.
After a few months of working together, Dan told me that he had resigned. After leaving Bunnings, Dan and his friend Nathan (Drabs and Anchor as they were affectionately known) would often visit us at work on a Sunday morning. They’d bring armfuls of fresh pies and donuts from the bakery for their good friends, Trav, Anna and Anna. Being the generous gents that they were, they’d have bought extra for me, Jess and some of the other team members to enjoy.
On my 18th birthday, I mentioned to Anna and Anna that Dan and Nathan would be most welcome at my party, at everyone’s favourite Victory Hotel. Making a late appearance, Dan, Nathan, and Dan’s sister Cat arrived. They gave me the most wonderful gift – Gold diamond earrings and a gold diamond necklace. Wow, I hardly knew these guys!
After I turned 18, I got to know Dan and Nathan quickly through many trips to the Newmarket and the Victory Hotel. One day Dan suggested that we join Anna to visit other Anna in Townsville. After a night on the town, Dan and I went off to get cheeseburgers. We sat down to enjoy the cheesy goodness and Dan told me that he had ‘something to tell me’. Before he could share what that was, the liquid courage had worn off, and I was left guessing.
We returned to Brisbane, and on a following Friday night, Dan and Nathan once again joined us at the Victory Hotel. Being the persistent woman that I am, I asked what it was that Dan was going to tell me in Townsville. It was then that Dan from Power Gardening, Dan from Drabs & Anchor, told me that he liked me.
The following months, we got closer and our friendship developed in to more than just a friendship. We shared our first kiss on the beach at Wynnum, and that same night, I saw my first ever shooting star. Looking back, perhaps that was good luck. In the seven years that followed, Dan and I moved in together, I graduated university, Dan finished his apprenticeship, we bought a block of land, built a house, travelled overseas, got our little cat Misty, and in January last year we got engaged.
Steve Jobs once said “You can’t connect the dots looking forward. You can only connect them looking back”.
Well here we are. Dan from Power Gardening, Dan from Dan & Nathan, or Drabs & Anchor, Dan my boyfriend, Dan my partner, Dan my husband! You are as generous as you were when you first bought me those delicious baked goods, you’re as handy as you were when you’d fix those lawn mowers, you’re as loving as you were when we shared our first kiss at Wynnum. I am so absolutely honoured to call you my husband, and I can’t wait to grow old with you and connect the dots looking back and see how the butterfly effect has made each other’s lives so perfect.
Sometimes right in the middle of an ordinary life, one comes across their very own fairy tale. When I met each and every one of you here tonight, at that moment, I didn’t realise just how significant each of you would be in our lives.