Friday, January 11, 2008

Sunday Scribbling - "The Date"



The proposal
(To get full effect choose "Somewhere" in song selection )


It was a beautiful September day that finally convinced me adolescent dreams can come true. Dave had been planning a surprise for me and as the word spread around the neighborhood he ended up with much needed help. Location, china, crystal, linen, silver and seating were all donated to his plan. Dave lived an hour and a half away and he knew what he wanted but it took a neighborhood collaboration to make it happen. He had not met but one neighbor in the area but romance was in the air. They all managed to keep me totally clueless to the plan.



On the big day it was nearing dinner time and Dave suggested we go for a drive up a nearby street leading to the top of a hill. I said "I'm hungry, lets go eat instead." He anxiously replied " I'll pick something up on our way back" so I reluctantly agreed. We drove up the hill overlooking my neighborhood and canyon. Dave pulled into an old apple orchard and I was so in awe of the view I hardly noticed the table. He helped me out of the car and asked me to give him a minute. I yelled after him "is this someones land, are we allowed to be here?" He looked over his shoulder while lighting a candle and said with a wink "I made a reservation." I was shocked into silence as I began to take in the details of what he had done. He helped me over to my chair, he it the CD player and joined me. Barbra Streisand was belting out "Somewhere" as Dave poured chilled sparkling cider into two champagne flutes. It was intoxicating and surreal sitting in my shorts at this elegant table watching a deer nibble at the apples, undisturbed.



Dave was shaking as he took a folded piece of paper out of his pocket. He unfolded it and began to read a poem written from his heart. He poured out all his feelings in this poem and wrote somethings he had never said out loud. I was overwhelmed by the depth of this man as I hung on every word. I had no idea he could write poetry but I knew he was a romantic. When we had stayed at an historic hotel, on a much earlier date, he had written in the guestbook (kept in each room) that he would return with me as his wife. It melted my heart but at that time I was not even considering marriage.


We had talked about marriage but with ALS I had mixed emotions. Dave's love had convinced me that he knew what he was walking into and his poem said it all. I knew what was coming as he fumbled in his pocket and I was overcome with a wave of love. He then got down on bended knee and opened a little black box. He asked "Tammy, will you be my wife?" I was so emotional but I managed to not go into the "ugly cry" and said "yes!" We kissed, we ate, we laughed and watched an amazing sunset.


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Photo taken from the hood of the car on auto shoot.

41 comments:

sister AE said...

beautifully told.

Jane Poe (aka Deborah) said...

Oh Tammy, what a lovely, wonderful story. Thank you for sharing such an intimate beautiful moment with us. Peace & love and many, many happy years for you and Dave, xx, JP/deb

keith hillman said...

Wow! That was so lovely!

vicci said...

How beautiful Sweetie......I love the photo! :-)

tumblewords said...

Oh, how beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

myrtle beached whale said...

great story. I hope no women that I am interested in read it.

Lucy said...

ooooh Tammy! This proposal is one for the big screen! You GO Dave you romantic you! I just loved this beautiful story and KNOW you are so deserving of being wooed this way! Click click my champagne glass to both of yours!!:))

GreenishLady said...

That brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful proposal. You have truly found a treasure in that man. - You deserve nothing less. It's so wonderful that you two found one another.

Sherry said...

Beautiful. Full of love. The real deal.

emmapeelDallas said...

Tammy, that is BEAUTIFUL! And you and Dave are beautiful...

tinker said...

AWWW!!! Tammyhat has to be one of the all-time most romantic dates ever! Thanks for sharing that moment with us - even though I knew what was coming, it still brought tears to my eyes... ~sniffle~
So glad you two found each other~
((HUGS))

Inland Empire Girl said...

What a perfect way to share your story with the "date" prompt. I loved how the neighbors all were part of it. You sure found a keeper!

chiefbiscuit said...

Aaaaah ... so beautiful. What a romantic pair you make - precious people. Hearts like yours are bigger than the normal variety.

gautami tripathy said...

A very beautiful post. You are both so blessed to have each other.

Remiman said...

Tammy,
It's these true, fairytale stories that make me glad to be alive.
Where love and tenderness live, can peace be far behind?
What a perfect date!
rel

Robin said...

I think that is the most romantic thing I've ever heard.

Just Jen said...

maybe you avoided the ugly cry but I almost had it reading this! That is absolutely beautiful and I'm glad you said yes!!

forgetfulone said...

How thoughtful and romantic. I wish my Dave had that in him, but.. alas, it's not to be. Lucky you!

turquoise cro said...

Don't YOU just LOVE Romance!!!! This story gave me chills!!! Lucky Dave and Lucky YOU!!! Hug each other for me ((((((SWEETIES!!!)))))

Star said...

This is such a touching story, Tammy. It seems like something born of dreams and not reality. You're both so lucky!

Becca said...

Tammy, my heart just bursts with this wonderful story. I love it when good things happen to good people - it gives me hope for the world!

Thanks for sharing this very personal, very beautiful moment in your life.

kj said...

aaawh, tammy, what a tale. i hope you are well these days with all that love surrounding you.

:)

Brian said...

(((((Tammy)))))

What a fantastic memory and what a guy Dave is. Thanks for sharing your love with all of us.

Jessie said...

this is the sweetest proposal story i've ever heard! is there another dave out there in the world for my mom? :) you are a lucky woman, indeed, to have such a loving man in your life.

cheers to both of you!

Tammy said...

Tammy!! What a wonderful memory! Dave truly is your prince - what a romantic guy!! You are one lucky gal (and he's lucky to have you too!!)

Rachel said...

All us girls are crying at this end honey, what a fantastic thing to happen, each time you post about Dave, he becomes ever more the superhero!

Pam said...

Oh, that Dave! Kudos to all the romantic men in this world, and aren't you glad you have one?

Jana B said...

*reaching for a tissue* That is so sweet!!!!

DJPare said...

It's so nice to hear a story so fully based on love. I hope you both have years and years more of those kinds of dates!

sarala said...

Lucky you for the man!
Your fight with ALS is simply amazing. Keep it up.

Eileen said...

Oh, Tammmy! That was so beautiful, what a wonderful, wonderful man. How lucky you found each other. A true love story. Thanks for sharing this beautiful event in your life. He is a very lucky man!!

XOXOXO

giggles said...

Poignant story of love and hope! Thank you for sharing this perfect moment! You are so fortunate, as is he! You are proof we are so much more than just the physical!

Love to you
Sherrie

pepektheassassin said...

Wonderful stuff! What a great story you have!

Amber said...

SOOOOOOOO romantic!!!

:)

paris parfait said...

Your story is so beautiful and romantic, tears came to my eyes while reading it! I just love happy endings! xoxox

Kimberley (at Red Moon) said...

This brought me tears, the good kind. :)

Nancy said...

Tam,
I don't often tear up when reading entries. But you've managed to get my eyes a little glistening.

I'm such a sucker for romance. You told it so beautifully. But who the hell took the photo? The deer? (I guess it was set on a timer).
I'm so very glad you have such a wonderful man in your life.
Love you, ya little mush,

Nancy

Nancy said...

PS.
Do you know how I could copy your playlist? I just love it.

Nance

Derek said...

Wow this one really got me, thanks for sharing it. A truly remarkable and romantic engagement. You two are so blessed! I just loved it! I even got a bit teary eyed reading it.

UL said...

Tammy this was beautiful, congratulations! What a beautiful tale to pass down the generations..Thank you for sharing this.

paisley said...

wow... now that is a date to remember.......