October 1, 2008

It was a Wednesday. I know for sure because Doc took the kids to dinner after work, as is their normal schedule.  He was late getting home, "home" being the house we live in now.  I lived in an apartment within walking distance.

His parents would be in town two days later for a weekend visit.  The house needed to be cleaned and it had to be done that night.  There was a booth with my name on it for a local craft fair that weekend and setup would be Thursday night.  After work, I stopped by my apartment to change clothes before walking over to the house.

I wore my comfy clothes to clean.  Grey sweats and a t-shirt.  I scrubbed the kitchen and emptied the dishwasher.  The bathrooms were cleaned; I dusted and ran the vacuum.  All the sheets got washed and beds were remade.  I was in the middle of folding laundry when he got home.

"Wanna go for a walk?"

Of course.  I was ready for a break and Minnie needed to go out.  I slipped on my shoes while he put on Minnie's leash and we headed out the front door.  The street was quiet.  As we rounded the first corner, he started the conversation.

"You know I love you, right?"

Oh great.  This couldn't be good, as it sounded like a follow-up statement was coming.

"Yea, why? What happened? Is something wrong?"

He assured me everything was fine.  He just loves me and wanted me to know. We kept walking.

I was the next to speak.  I rambled on about my day.  I was annoyed by a mass email I'd received that afternoon.  I ranted and vented while he listened.

We'd made it around two corners of the block and were in front of the house with the yard Minnie loved.  We always stopped here so she could sniff around.  This night was no different; we stood under the light post.  I turned and watched as a neighbor drove by on a golf card, and when I turned back, he was on a knee and holding a ring.

"You know I love you, right?

Completely caught off guard, I didn't know how to respond.

"Is that real?!"

And it was then that he asked me to be his wife.  To love him forever.  To be partners in life, through thick and thin, good and bad, ups, downs, and the in-betweens.  To become a family and raise children together.  To be best friends.

Three years ago today, an ordinary day became extraordinary.  I was asked a question that would change my life.

And I said yes.