I wouldn’t say I’m one for romantic gestures. To be honest some forms of soppiness and public displays of affection really make me feel ever so queasy, however I succumbed a couple of weeks ago and probably committed my most romantic endeavour to date.
James had been in New Zealand for ten days with work. I absolutely hated it when he was away last time and so this year had a diary packed with social engagements, work commitments and project management of the new patio. To be honest the time flew though I have to note I really did miss him.
Anyway on one of these said social engagements I was chatted away in my friend’s back garden and she happened to ask how James was getting home from the airport. He was planning on getting the train back. (After a 30 hour flight – what a glutton for punishment). Love Actually was mentioned. The seed was sown and by the end of the evening I decided I’d journey down to Heathrow to surprise James on his return.
Now as the time grew nearer a few holes began to appear in my plan. I realised I didn’t know his flight number, arrival time or the terminal which I’m sure you’d all agree was kind of central to my plan. Lottie’s husband, Edd actually suggested I forget my idea as it was so flawed. This only made my will to do it stronger 😉
Some strong detective work later (eat your heart out Columbo) unearthed the details of his first flight, I deduced the details of the connecting flight and the next day I found myself in arrivals at Heathrow Terminal 3 – the location for THAT scene in Love Actually.
I’ve been making some chalk boards for a clients wedding so actually knocked up my own sign too, which unfortunately got very scratched in my bag. I realise folks normally use these to draw attention to passengers they’ve never met but I felt it added to the whole set-up. However I actually felt like a bit of an idiot holding it in the end.
Nervously I waited. What if I was at the wrong terminal? What if he’d already got on the train? How much was this short stay car park actually going to cost? Thankfully I had the right flight and half an hour later James appeared. We met. We hugged. I cried and then James exclaimed “What are you doing here?” Well I thought that would be obvious?!
The Rock My Ltd team WhatsApp group rejoiced. The girls were really rooting for me and as Charlotte replied to my updates she declared #LoveWins. And it does indeed.
Any romantic gestures you’d like to share? Have you ever taken yourself by surprise by making some form of love declaration? Let’s all feel the love.
P.S You can actually park in Heathrow long stay for two hours for free if the mood ever takes you to do something similar.