Chapter 2: The Neek Rides a Roller Coaster

After discovering that Christy and I had close birthdays (just over a month apart), we promptly decide that a Birthday Month was obviously in order. Therefore, from around mid-April to mid-May, Birthday Month ensued. To be honest, there were not many activities to be shared during the time, but our actual birthdays were quite memorable.

For my birthday, I received a HUGE Sponge Bob balloon at work from my fellow managers. Christy was working in the Concession Stand that night, and she created a scavenger hunt for me to follow!

For Christy’s birthday, we celebrated by having a chocolate Oreo cake! Yum!

To finish the festivities off with a bang, we planned a whole slew of activities on the day after Christy’s birthday; and what better way was there to celebrate than by taking a trip to visit our favorite (totally real) Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Islands of Adventure and Universal?!

It was magical (Quite literally!) – but there was one more important note about this day… it was the first and most time either of us had spent alone with each other outside of work! Now I’m not going to say that love “blossomed between us” or any romantic stuff like that…after all, even if that HAD been the case, I would probably have been too naive to notice… but it was a really fun day!

After the afternoon torrential downpour that is a fairly common Florida occurrence, we met up with Rohan and several other friends at Olive Garden for a birthday dinner, then it was off to see the newly released Star Trek in Imax 3D (for free, I might add!).

Looking back, it is easy to see that in many ways this day marked the beginning of everything else that was to come. As summer began, the time Christy and I spent together lengthened, and became the thing that I more and more looked forward to each week.

Thomas and Christy riding Flight of the Hippogriff during their first trip to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter together.

Thomas and Christy riding Flight of the Hippogriff during their first trip together to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter.

One more thing I forgot to mention – our passes to the parks…they are annual ones! I guess there’s hardly a need to say it, but our story had only just begun…

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