Some may think it's a little strange that each year Matt and I still celebrate the day we officially began "dating," which we did just the other day. I put quotes around the word dating because we never really dated. We met through a mutual friend, began talking on the phone long distance a few months after that, and when we laid eyes on each other in New York City a few months later, we were pretty much inseparable. No one else ever entered the picture. I still consider that night at Madam X in the Village one of the best nights of my life. I had no idea how much my life was about to change, but at the same time I knew nothing would ever be the same. I could feel it. Nine years, a wedding, a cross-country move, and two children later, I look back on that night and I can still vividly remember his smile and how my heart suddenly leapt open.