Really, when it comes right down to it, the Wife and I don't usually do much to celebrate Valentine's Day. As I look back on the Valentine's Days that we have spent together, the thing that keeps popping into my mind is not a Valentine's Day, but the day before our very first Valentine's Day we spent together, oh so many years ago...
I remember it like it was yesterday, but in fact it was exactly 9 years ago today. At that point, the Wife was not the Wife; she wasn't even the Fiancee; she was the Girlfriend, and we had been dating for either 8 or 6 months, depending on which one of us you ask. However long it was, we weren't getting any younger, so I thought I better get this show on the road, so to speak. I had spent many hours learning about and shopping for the perfect engagement ring, and had finally found a beautiful one that sparkled real nice. I made a meticulous and theoretically fool-proof plan to pop the question on Valentine's Day, you know, because I wanted it to be unique. Nobody ever gets engaged on Valentine's Day, right?
Remember when I said my plan was fool-proof? Apparently I didn't take into account the fool that was trying to pull it off. The entire evening of February 13th I was a nervous wreck. I couldn't sit down. I couldn't think straight. All I could think about was popping the question the next day, and what I was going to say, and how I was going to do it, and I kept changing the script in my brain every 30 seconds. I was a mess.
Finally, I decided I couldn't wait any longer. So, at about 11:00 on the night of February 13th, I drove over to where the Girlfriend was working, a very romantic locale known as Oak Meadows Assisted Living, and proposed on the sofa in the lobby. Thankfully there weren't any elderly people watching, or I would have been even more nervous. And, also thankfully, the Girlfriend said yes, so for the next 5 months she was known as the Fiancee, until she became the Wife.
It is hard to believe how much better life has gotten in the 9 years since that day. The Girlfriend has turned into the most amazing Wife I could have ever asked for, and now we are blessed with a chaotic house full of crazy kids that keep me laughing and smacking my head each and every day. Who would have known what I was getting myself into 9 years ago? Happy Getting Engaged Anniversary, Connie! I love you! And, Happy Valentine's Day, tomorrow, to everyone reading this! Hope you have a wonderful day!
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