Anyways, I'm going to type up the list I wrote so long ago, and then compare it to my thoughts right now, being a little older and a teensy bit wiser.
Thirteen year old Shannon:
- Loves Jesus
- Pretty eyes
- Cook with me
- Let me sing along to the radio
- Keep surprising me
- Watch movies with me on lazy days
- Remember the little things
- Help me face my fears
- Start play fights with me
- Write me post it note love letters
- Always say what's on his mind
- Let me wear his clothes.
- Call me darling more often than 'babe'.
- Hug me and say, "no, you're not", when I say "I'm fine".
- Treat me sometimes like a child.
- Show everyone how much he loves me
- Lead me & our family
- Listen to my jumbled up thoughts
- Call me when he misses me
- Tell me all about his day
- hold me up when i'm weak
- stand by my side, through thick and thin
- Not expect me to be someone I'm not
- Dance with me
- Send me flowers just because
- Tell me what I need to hear, even when I don't want to hear it
- Smart & ambitious.
Eighteen year old Shannon:
- Loves God
- Possibly a pastor/ministry position
- Thinker, listener, talker
- Family man
- Know that the little things matter
Wow. Big difference, right? At 13, the things I wrote seemed so important. . . . but now I look at it and can't help but smile and laugh at my naive self.
I've never had a boyfriend, and the only reason I will have one is because I'm considering marriage. Dating is just that in my mind, an application to marriage - and my future boyfriend better understand that dating is not all fun and games. It's a serious time to learn if he is someone I can live with for the rest of my life.
My idea of a relationship is built upon Christ. Not upon worldly ideals of what 'Dating' is.