Last Saturday was an important day for my girlfriend Amy and I, as it was Valentines' Day.
Not only that, but it was also our three-year anniversary. Yes. That's right, we met on valentines' day. How cool is that? Let me tell you the story of how we met. I was a joint best man to one of my best friends and we took him to Dublin for a few nights out. On one such night out, which just so happened to be Valentines' Day, completely unknown to us, I happened to bump into a young lady from Poole, who was at university in London. Let's just say there were a few pints of Guinness consumed. As the saying goes: when in Rome, do as the Romans do. The same applies to Dublin because there was a fair few pints of Guinness drank. In fact, the other best man drank over 50 pints of Guinness in just three days. A staggering, yet impressive feat.
Anyway, myself, the groom and the other best man were there for a good time, but it nearly went sour when I thought I had forgotten the boarding passes for the flight from Birmingham, and this was long before the memory problems caused by my brain injury!
As punishment for nearly forgetting them, I had to wear a costume of the Sesame Street character Big Bird for the entire flight to Dublin, so we were off to an eventful start - luckily, it only took an hour!
We made it to Dublin, and proceeded to hit the town, where we met a young lady from Poole, who had just forgotten to take a hair brush on her mini break. Never one to shy away from compliments, I proceeded to make a series of "hilarious" dreadlocks, and Bob Marley references for the rest of the night, which went down well with our new friend.
Needless to say, the rest is history and we have been together ever since. Starting off our relationship travelling between Amy's Twickenham university home, which happened to be the home of English rugby; and my home in Cheltenham, where I was working as a rugby journalist for The Citizen and The Gloucestershire Echo.
After everything we have been through with my brain injury, I wanted to treat her and show her how much I love her so let me run you through what I bought her. One of the problems with your anniversary being valentines' day is having to buy twice as much, so that means two cards. No anniversary, or valentines' day would be complete without flowers, so I bought her a big bunch of roses, and a bottle of pink champagne plus a box of chocolates. To top it all off, I had to cover a rugby match, so I asked for Lydney's National Two South meeting with Cambridge because Amy likes going there as they serve chips at the ground. A woman after my own heart!
I tried to write each card with a nice message, but it kept sliding off the pad I was leaning on because my left hand is weak so my writing was even messier than normal, which is pretty messy!
Seeing as I am from Leicester originally, I did consider taking her to the Leicester v Gloucester game on Friday night at Welford Road. I actually watched the match at home on BT Sport, who broadcasted live from the bar at the ground where I had my 21st birthday party, where I was forced to drink a "top shelf" pint, which for those not in the know, is a pint including every spirit from the top shelf behind a bar. Let's just say, the rest of the party was interesting, not that I remember much of it.
My brother treated his wife to a ticket in the executive lounge for the match so we were texting each other throughout.
I hope you had a lovely valentines day!