Everything Has Changed.

I’m not a big fan of Taylor Swift.

But every now and then, she’ll come out with a song that gets stuck in my head or, in this case, strikes a chord with me.

Enter, “Everything Has Changed” featuring Ed Sheeran.

The song, as interpreted by me, is about two people who go from friends or aquaintences overnight. Perhaps nothing happened to trigger their emotional change, but for them, “everything has changed.”

This song reminds me of a relationship I had in college, with my then-best friend, Adam. For years, as friends, we defended our friendship, promising everyone that we would never date.

And then one summer night, he invited me over for dinner. Enjoy this sneak peek from my second book, “How to Make Lemonade,” which makes its debut December 2:

When I got there, his parents weren’t home. He had grilled a dinner of kabobs for us—they were perfect. Each wooden stick had the same pattern: tomato, onion, pepper, chicken. They were so perfect, in fact, I questioned him over and over about making them. I was certain he bought them.

He fixed my plate and I was a bit smitten. We talked, and decided to try to date. That night, I slept next to Adam, in his bed upstairs. For the first time in many years, we kissed. It was a little awkward—something neither of us expected.

“Once we kiss, we can’t take it back,” he said.

Over the next few months, our relationship wasn’t much different from our friendship. We still hung out with our friends, but of course, we spent time alone, too.

Adam and I had already met each other’s parents over the course of our friendship, so there was no ta-da over that. However, Adam’s mom and dad would cause a problem in our relationship that I didn’t see coming.

After that dinner, everything really had changed. Do you have a relationship like that?

“All I know since yesterday is everything has changed.”

—Taylor Swift & Ed Sheeran

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