It all started with a sign that read, "Elopement Precaution"... Before we get to that we need to give a little backstory to explain this kooky sign (haha kooky get it? ...you will)
Last summer I started having some issues with my health. All the stress of trying to juggle work, school and doctors appointments I fell into a really REALLY deep depression. I started having panic attacks every time I would experience any kind of discomfort in my body. I developed social anxiety that lead me to cancel my plans for the next several months. Yada, yada, yada. Lets just say I was in a dark place.
I ended up checking into the hospital late one night. I was so scared. I mean, being in the psych ward isn't exactly a dinner topic or the headliner of a resume. I expected it to be exactly like it was like on TV; you know, people drooling and talking to themselves in the corner, the token guy who hasn't talked in 40yrs, and how could you forget about the lobotomies and electro-shock therapy. Of course it was nothing like that, at all (I'll write more about that later)!
After day two, I began to get to know some of the other people. That evening Burke was getting checked in. I saw him with his long hair, beard, bulky sweater and I caught myself kind of checking him out. Once I realized what I had done, I promptly scolded myself and was like, "Seriously MyKelle, seriously. You're in a mental hospital and you're going to turn on the charm? Umm, no. ...he sure is cute though. we can be friends. "... yeah, thats about the way it went in my head. It was at that point that we were lining up for dinner. I naturally invited him to sit with me and a couple people who had so kindly befriended me. I kid you not, I laughed harder at dinner than I had in months. We made jokes about being in the hospital. Burke, myself and a few others brainstormed a new name and slogan for the hospital, it was now The Happy Hotel "we're crazy to see ya!"
After dinner they had a movie night and decided to watch The Pursuit of Happiness with Will Smith. Now can someone please tell me, why would they have a bunch of depressed people watch that movie? Especially considering they weren't even going to get to see the end... isn't that when it gets a little less depressing?! Seriously, does it? I never finished it because it was so sad. I opted out of the movie and found a corner with a window that overlooked a local night club and started practicing yoga. While yoga-ing Burke came over and asked if he could sit in the same corner and read. I said yes and after I was done, sat down in the chair next to him. We started talking about the hospital and what it was like to be there- joking about the number of babies that would be conceived that night as we watched people get their Friday night started. Now, this is where the "Elopement Precautions" sign comes in. One of us brought up the sign on the door. We could not help but get a kick out of the way the hospital worded "Don't let people out!"We started making jokes about getting out of the hospital and then eloping all because of that sign. Its at this point we ended up spending all of our time together in the hospital.
Burke and I just hit it off right away and stayed in touch after we both got out of the hospital. Within weeks we were dating, living together, engaged at 3 months and married at 4. It all happened so fast... I wouldn't change a thing about it! I think things fell into place so naturally because we met in very vulnerable circumstances. We got to know each other at the lowest points in our lives. We understand each other in ways that some will never get to experience.
So when I say I believe in the silver lining, I really do. Burke is mine. He loved me even when I couldn't love myself. Yeah, I'm a lucky girl.