Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Clutch Day: a crucial part of my love story

Clutch diagram courtesy of Dan's Motorcycle Repair

Today, to honor my amazing husband, I am sharing part of my love story. This is revised and excerpted from a  post originally written for One Eternal Round.

My husband and I don't really celebrate Valentine's Day. He doesn't bring flowers or chocolates on 2/14. We never go out to eat on that day. But every summer, we celebrate Clutch Day.

Clutch Day is a holiday of our own making. It commemorates the day that God intervened in my life, causing the clutch in my fresh-from-the-shop Honda to fail and postponing my move to the West coast by one week. It reminds me that God knows me, He loves me, and He keeps his promises to me. It makes me want to do better. Here’s my story (the brief version):

Michael was my dream man. We dated for 6 months and then broke up. He felt strongly that it was the right thing to do. I was devastated, but took some comfort in his assurance: “God will not let your husband get married without you.” For an entire school year, we dated other people. As the year went on, our paths crossed more and more. We saw each other in group settings. We were still friends.  I finished my university coursework in April and landed my dream job in the Bay area, which would start in July. About a week before my scheduled move, I took my car to the shop to have a complete overhaul. “Check everything and fix it all,” I instructed the mechanics. They were quite thorough, and my bill reflected it.

The night before my move, the clutch went out. This should never have happened, given the recent inspection and work done. However, it proved to be pivotal for the direction my life would take. I ended up staying in town an extra week, during which time, Michael and I started dating again. We got engaged that fall, and 8 weeks later, we were married.

Eleven years, three kids (four in April!), seven apartments, and one house later,  it is still a miracle worth remembering, and I would do it all again (only I would cry less when he broke up with me, knowing that we’d eventually end up together.)

Love stories are some of my favorites. Please feel free to share yours or link to it, if you are so inclined. Even if you are waiting to write your mortal love story, or your story hasn't gone the way you wished, please know that you are loved!


Tanya said...

Fabulous story! I love that you celebrate clutch day.

Michelle said...

I love this Erin. Your blog is so fun to read because you are so real. That's why I like you.

Paige said...

I really like this idea to celebrate a different date! And I love your clutch love story as well!