April Fools Day. A day where the joke is usually on you and pranks are around every corner. But whenever I think of the day, I think of love. Let me explain.
April Fools Day will always be the day I met Nathan, my boyfriend. My friend was hosting a “Time to be Classy Party” which made for a perfect excuse to get dressed up and hang with friends! I was expecting fun times with plenty of pranks and, hopefully, cookies. Meeting a guy was not at the forefront of my mind.
Now, I can’t remember if there were cookies, but I do remember meeting Nathan. Someone introduced us and we successfully ignored the rest of the party for the next three and a half hours. I learned that he played the saxophone and that the first CD both of us ever owned was the Backstreet Boys’ Millennium.
Now, other than having great taste in music, Nathan is a fantastic musician himself (yes, I know I’m biased). He not only plays music, he writes music as well. Before he met me, he studied abroad in Vienna. While there, he wrote a song titled ‘1st of April (for Vienna).’ Yes, an ode to April Fool’s Day.
Nathan and I had only seen each other twice before he asked me to go on our first date. I was nervous and super excited. Also, bewildered that any of this was happening. When he asked me to be his girlfriend a few months later in June, I was ecstatic.
We had been dating for a little while when I went with his family to one of his gigs— which also happened to be on April Fool’s Day. Before performing the song he wrote in Vienna, he explained the story behind it. He added that April 1 was a significant day for him for another reason. (Cue my face breaking from smiling.)
In a sense, I guess the joke was on me. I thought I was just going to that party to hang out with friends and eat cookies (I just really like cookies guys). Instead, I ended up meeting a compassionate and thoughtful man who makes me smile.
Sometimes I’m left in a state of overwhelming joy, unable to comprehend my unexpected blessings. I guess when it comes to April Fool’s Day, love has the last laugh.