I sat on the couch fidgeting with my clothes as butterflies were gathering in my gut. It's too hot out and this was a big date. Our feelings were growing too fast. I knew I should have stopped it by now but I selfishly allowed myself to be vulnerable. As his car pulled up I felt sick with anxiety and yet exited to see him. It all felt so right but could it be real?
He rented a raft to go down a calm river for this date. We had dinner and overnight reservations at the historic Jamestown Hotel afterwards. It was built in the 1800's and he booked the Sarah Burnhardt room. It was known for being pricey but I heard it was like stepping back in time.
Getting to that raft was a feat all on it's own but I showed no outward signs of distress. We ended up with a 6 man raft as the workers cast us off, slightly worried. I had to straddle and paddle up front and he took the rear. We hit every possible obstacle as a team and he even jumped over me protectively when hitting branches. It was a crazy adventure that neither of us had anticipated. With the temps rising to 102 degrees my body started to give me away.
He had to pull into the shade with worried haste, as I melted into a heap. He ran up the bank and sought help. As help and my knight lifted me into a cool van I was relieved but embarrassed. The gal driving asked how long we had been married. He replied "we're not married but dating." She looked back in the rear view mirror surprised saying "the way you were with her I'd swear you were married." "No" he replied smiling, while squeezing my hand.
The dinner and room was amazing. We had a beautiful romantic evening as we laughed about our adventure. The next morning I caught him writting in the room's visitor book. I asked "can I read it?" as he handed it to me hesitantly. He had written "we had a great stay in this room and someday I hope to return with Tammy as my wife."My heart was beating out of my chest as I replied "what?" I know, not a very romantic reply but I was in shock.
He put his hand out and said "here I have a special gift for you." He set a gold necklace in my hand and said "here is the key to my heart." It was a gold heart with a key, as I took it in my hand I knew everything was about to change and I was not afraid. Inside the tiny gold heart it says "He that holds this key has unlocked my heart."
P.S. That was over 6 years ago and we had met online. We were married on Valentine's Day at sunset on a beach in Kauai. I still wear the key to his heart around my neck. It's in this picture but too tiny to see.