TOUGH QUESTIONS, EASY ANSWERS

I asked. He answered. He asked, I answered. We’ve been together ever since.

Here’s how it happened. It began on the ferry ride back from Martha’s Vineyard. We’d spent a magical week. It was obvious that Something Was Happening.

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From there, we moved on to living together. Sort of. We each had our own place, but were almost always together in one or the other. With a lot of driving in between. As both of us were working full-time, we didn’t get a lot of time to relax together. Things were bound to change, but there was in no rush. I had no plans for moving on.

I’d gone to California on business for a couple of weeks. I came back early because I got sick. Which was just as well, because an earthquake — the one that stopped the World Series on October 17, 1989 — occurred the following day. If I’d stayed, I’d have been crushed under a collapsed highway.

A few weeks later, Garry had a few questions for me. He suggested we go out to dinner. Nice place on the dock in Boston. Garry was uncharacteristically nervous. I could tell because he drove around Leverett Circle half a dozen times on the way to the wharf . He kept missing the turn. As he drove, he explained he’d had a conversation with a pal about real estate. Prices were down. Maybe we should buy something. Live together. Like maybe … forever? Was forever okay with me?

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Having listened awhile, I said: “Let me see if I’ve got this right. You want to buy a house? Move in and live together? Forever? As in married?”

“All of that,” he said, and drove around the loop one more time.

This time, I said “Yes.”

The following morning, I asked Garry if I could tell my friends. He said “Tell them what?”

“That we’re getting married,” I said.

“We are?”

“You said we should buy a house and live together forever.”

“Is that a proposal?”

“It is where I come from,” I assured him. I had to remind him about buying a ring, but eventually he realized all he had to do was give me a ring, set a date, tell me what he wanted in the way of a wedding (everything, really everything). After which he could show up in a tux and be married.

We got married 6 months later having known each other only 26 years.

I asked, he said “yes.” He asked, I said “yes.” Not so tough after all.

DISCOVER CHALLENGE | TOUGH QUESTIONS


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42 replies

  1. It only took 26 years to pop the question? Geez, I hope this works out! 26 years. Nothing like jumping right into it, I see.

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  2. ❤ And I am glad it happened and that I "know" both of you!

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  3. Love has you both more than you both have love. You are an inspiration!

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  4. I like those forever arrangements.
    Leslie

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  5. Thank you for sharing your lovely story.

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  6. What a couple of romantics! Well done.

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    • Thank you. I often think that a lot of having a good relationship is noticing it. When we are young, we often don’t pay attention because we are too busy looking for “the perfect” one. The imperfect, unlikely one may BE the perfect one.

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  7. Goosebumps, Marilyn. Goosebumps. I shall smile all the way into work. I love this.

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  8. I love good stories with a happy ever after ending. Plus, that sure is a nice photo. 🙂

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  9. I came here through the Daily Post challenge, and boy am I glad! Lovely read Marilyn 🙂

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  10. 26 years ! love this post Marilyn- perfect together

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  11. Absolutely delightful! Love hearing how you got together and how it has worked out so well ever since. Beautiful. I’m truly happy for both of you!

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  12. What a lovely story! Sounds like Garry was a bit in shock during the next morning 🙂

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  13. Just like a Hollywood film, brightened up my day today with my early morning read.

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  14. Definitely a case of “better late than never.”.

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  15. Forever looks good on you both 🙂

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