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The 'WOW' Factor: Redux

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Once upon a time, this girl walked into a Starbucks to meet a guy. It was their first date. They'd met online. He'd winked at her. She checked him out. He sounded interesting. But she wasn't sure. She checked him out a couple more times before she responded. The clencher? His picture. He'd wanted a recent photo. And the only one he had was one his brother had taken last Thanksgiving. Any guy that was brave enough to use a picture of himself hanging out of a tree was the kind of guy she was interested in talking to. They talked back and forth over email for a good while. Progressed to the phone. And the culmination of their initial communications? An hour-long chat over a couple of lattes. And at the end of that hour? He said "So, uh, would you, uh, like to...I'm never good at this. I'm trying to think of a way to ask you if you'd like to go out with me again. Would you like to?" "Absolutely." she said. He didn't hear her though. He was grinning like the cat that ate the canary. For their second date, she packed a picnic dinner and took him to a play. They enjoyed cheese and wine and pasta salads while watching a work of The Bard. He could quote The Bard. That impressed her. They continued to date. To get to know each other. She found him exciting, intelligent, romantic, imperfect, caring, handsome, warm-hearted, funny...the list goes on. He was everything she had been looking for. He made her laugh. He made her feel. One day, over breakfast, he looked up at her. They'd been talking about IT recently. You know, the hypotheticals, the "What if's". As they were sitting in front of the fireplace at "their" breakfast spot, he took her hand in his. She looked up at him. He said "Will you marry me?". She said "Yes." They've had this secret for a little while now. The holidays were going to be the perfect time to tell their families. On Thanksgiving Day, during dinner, he started to tell a story. "I was the Valedictorian of my High School class. Everyone told me I had to have a speech. And I said 'There's a speech?'. So for a week prior to graduation, everyone was asking me 'Have you finished your speech? What's your speech about?'. I had no speech. So when I got up on graduation day, I said 'Um. I'm really glad I graduated. Had some really nice teachers. Um. Thanks.' It was a horrible speech and my family cringed. Now, like then, I'm wishing I would have come up with a speech, because I have something to say that I knew I was going to say, but I have no idea how to tell you. So I guess what I'm trying to say is, if none of you have any plans on January 26, 2007, we would like you to come to our wedding. I asked her, and obviously she said yes, or we wouldn't be inviting you. The first time I met her at Starbucks, there was just something about her. I heard the words to every cheesy love song from David Cassidy to Michael Bolton, and in the words of Al Green thought, 'Let's Stay Together'." Then he looked at her and said "I love you." She looked back at him and said "I love you too." And then her family erupted in applause and tears and cheers. Over the weekend, they went to visit his brother. They owed it all to him you know. He's the one that took the picture of this guy hanging out of a tree. On their way down, they talked about how to tell the rest of their friends. Since that picture from last Thanksgiving had everything to do with them being together, they decided it would be fitting to take another picture under the tree. Together this time.

11/27/2005 09:12:00 PM :: ::
  • Whoa! I just about choked on my Danish Butter Cookie. Speaking of, why can't they just do the pretzel-shaped ones, the rectangular ones, and the round ones with the holes? I hate the solid round ones.

    Oh. Congratulations you two! That is wonderful!

    By Blogger Bone, at 11/27/2005 10:42:00 PM


  • Yay yay yay yay yay! You got a good one - though by now you know that already!

    By Blogger JustCara, at 11/28/2005 04:49:00 AM


  • YAY!!! I'm so excited for you...wonderful, wonderful!! I was hoping that was your little secret!!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 11/28/2005 07:20:00 AM


  • wow! you too look terribly giddy in the picture. Congrats, to both of you!

    By Anonymous mysrey, at 11/28/2005 07:24:00 AM


  • Happy Happy, Joy Joy!!

    By Blogger UziCue, at 11/28/2005 07:34:00 AM


  • I do a happy dance for you and your Honey.

    By Blogger DeeJay, at 11/28/2005 08:31:00 AM


  • Oh My God!!! Congratulations!!! I had chills when I read your post. It's so romantic and you are such a great couple (from what I've read). You look beautiful together.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 11/28/2005 08:59:00 AM


  • CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!! Oh, I'm just soooooooooooooo totally happy for you!!!!! And Nick too, of course. :-)

    Check out that ring too. It's gorgeous! And you both look so happy. :-)

    By Blogger Indigo, at 11/28/2005 09:01:00 AM


  • Oh my goodness! Congratulations!! How wonderful!! Big smile here...

    By Blogger Marie, at 11/28/2005 09:03:00 AM


  • i guess this is you!!!!
    congrats and what a wonderful story to go with that picture.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2005 12:47:00 PM


  • I'm so happy for you! He sounds like a great guy -- and I already know you're a great gal!

    Many, many blessing upon you both. :)

    By Blogger FTS, at 11/28/2005 12:51:00 PM


  • WOW! THAT'S your secret?! What a whopper! Congratulations!

    Way to go Nick/Tarzan!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2005 01:54:00 PM


  • oh, sorry. "anonymous" was me. Guess I was all caught up in the moment...

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 11/28/2005 01:55:00 PM


  • Yay!
    He's cute and you make such a cute couple!

    By Blogger annie, at 11/28/2005 02:00:00 PM


  • Congrats! I wondered if that was what it was ;-) Hope to see you guys sometime soon! - Jenny E

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/28/2005 02:18:00 PM


  • Oh Congrats!

    I am sitting here just clutching my heart in awe at the romantic and sweetness!

    By Blogger Running2Ks, at 11/28/2005 02:31:00 PM


  • Great post, Lass!

    By Blogger Jean-Luc Picard, at 11/28/2005 03:40:00 PM


  • Congrats to a fellow match.com'er!!!! I was very skeptical at first but it seems to be working! :)

    By Blogger SnotSucker, at 11/28/2005 03:54:00 PM


  • Met mine on LDSSO.com (LDSSingles Online). 4 years later, and still crazy in love. Go! Find! Do! WooHoo!

    I think the words of Pfc. Gomer Pyle apply well here: Congratulations!, Congratulations!, Congratulations!

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 11/28/2005 04:01:00 PM


  • That's so wonderful. I actually have tears in my eyes. You are such a great person, and he looks so kind and fun. I am so happy for you.

    By Blogger Raehan, at 11/28/2005 04:17:00 PM


  • You sneaky lil brat. I thought your secret was something like you got something pierced, or something fell off of you or so. Now you're telling me that some other doofus has snapped you up?

    Congrats, and may you have lots of giggles and nudity ;)

    By Blogger Coyote Mike, at 11/28/2005 04:35:00 PM


  • Wonderful story! Big congrats! You even get to have a pre-anniverssary day!

    By Blogger sophie, at 11/28/2005 04:40:00 PM


  • Very well told and sweet story! It sucked me right in...especially with the addition of him hanging from the tree!

    (Is the Scarbourough Ren Faire...sort of near Houston. That's the one I used to go to. I used to live in Tomball!)

    By Anonymous colleen, at 11/28/2005 05:06:00 PM


  • Congratulations! You both look so happy together. Have fun being engaged. :)

    By Anonymous Chickadee, at 11/28/2005 08:19:00 PM


  • I can see why the tree clinched it! You look so happy ;-)
    Congratulations and all the very best with everything, sending over big goldie hugs x

    By Blogger The Wisdom of Wislon, at 11/29/2005 03:38:00 AM


  • Congratulations

    All the best to you and Nick

    By Blogger culfy, at 11/29/2005 04:26:00 AM


  • whoa, hold up! you are getting married!!!!!! i know i haven't been keeping up, but whoa! awwww, this is so sweet.

    you are still going to be running in Bandera in January, right????


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 11/29/2005 08:31:00 AM


  • Congratulations!!

    By Blogger Texas_Ivy10, at 11/29/2005 02:28:00 PM


  • Oh my YAY!!! What a great story!! And just to think...I've been reading it all along:) Congrats sweetie!! Cheers to you both! xoxox

    By Blogger MommaK, at 11/29/2005 02:46:00 PM


  • I'm late to the party but goodness....



    Good things happen to good people.....

    By Anonymous The Womanmoose, at 11/29/2005 06:21:00 PM


  • Congratulations! Now we need to get him into an adventure race... :)

    By Blogger Evil Geezer, at 11/30/2005 04:49:00 PM


  • How sweet is this!? You look adorable, and HAPPY. And the two of you look amazing together!! Congratulations!

    By Anonymous Leanne, at 12/01/2005 07:39:00 AM


  • Congratulations! I've visited your blog a few times through Michele (I think) and then just saw on MommaK's blog that you had a neat story to tell. You both make a very cute couple and look so happy!

    By Blogger Crazy MomCat, at 12/01/2005 12:04:00 PM


  • YAY!!!! I am thrilled for you two! The picture is adorable, and the story was a lot of fun to read. Thanks for sharing and good luck with all the planning, plotting, and anticipation!

    By Anonymous Jeej, at 12/01/2005 08:28:00 PM


  • WOW! WOW! WOW!
    Congratulations you two!
    So happy for you!

    By Blogger Michele, at 12/02/2005 10:17:00 PM


  • Okay, I am so late getting here on this one! Congrats! I am so happy for you.

    By Blogger mommy d, at 12/03/2005 10:04:00 PM


  • I'm way late to the party, but congratulations on the engagement--he sounds terrific. And while I'm at it, happy birthday, too! (Is it too soon for Merry Christmas?)

    By Blogger Bluegrass Mama, at 12/06/2005 10:53:00 AM


  • Sorry this is late, I'm trying to catch up here. How sweet!


    By Blogger Jen, at 12/06/2005 06:56:00 PM


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