Many of you know that Jill came to stay with me after I arrived in China.
This is how it all began:
I was leaving for China and wanted to see the San Francisco Carnaval parade.
It is usually jam packed with people so I went down to get my spot at 8 am.
There was almost no one there.
So, after 30 minutes, I got off the curb, walked over to a restaurant, and grabbed breakfast.
When I returned to my spot, there was a woman, wearing black sweats and sweatshirt, and sunglasses there.
“Hmmm,” I thought, “She’s pretty cute.”
I asked if I could sit down by her and she agreed.
We started talking, and waiting for the parade to start, for the next 1.5 hours.
My dear friend, Jon-David, showed up and joined us.
We basically spent the whole day together and had some amazing food after the parade ended.
As we split up, I asked Jill, “Wanna go on a date tomorrow?”
She agreed and we haven’t been “apart” a day since.
Other than the 1.5 months that I was in China and she was in San Francisco, but we talked on skype every day and we’ve been as happy together as either of us can remember.
That isn’t to say everything has been easy: Especially in China, where relationships are stressed and pulled in ways that they aren’t in other places. However, our willingness to grow, admit our mistakes, and trust each other, has allowed us to be stronger and more comfortable each new day.
We decided a nice little photo retrospective would be a good way to celebrate our anniversary.
By the way, Jill was down at the parade to shot pictures for her website:
It is also on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/sftourismtips and if you “like” that page, we’d consider it a very nice present to the both of us as that is how she survives and she is working hard at making it a viable, and powerful, website.