November 8, 2020
With a bag of chia seeds in my left hand, my keys and cream colored gloves in the other, I pushed open our front door.
“Robert!” I called out. Letting him know I was home. No answer. “Robert!” I screamed again. That’s when I saw it. Our small wooden table placed strategically in the doorway. It had a single card standing up on it. My heart fluttered. The beautiful orange, Autumn sunset was peaking through the windows behind the table making it glow in the most romantic way. I dropped everything I was holding, walked over to the table and picked up the card. My hands were shaking, my heart was beating fast and my mind was just in heaven.
The first thing I noticed was Robert’s handwriting all over it. He covered every inch of the card. It felt so genuine, so personal that even before I actually began to read what he wrote, big, fat happy tears fell down my face. I took a deep breath in and started to read. As I soaked up each and every one of his words, I couldn’t help but fall completely in love with him all over again. His kindness, his thoughtfulness, his honesty just swept me off my feet. I literally was weak in the knees.
At the bottom of the card Robert wrote,”Meet me on the dam, you’ll never guess what’s going to happen!” I was laughing, I was crying, I had mascara running down my face, but I didn’t care. I didn’t even try to pull myself together, all I wanted to do was see Robert.
I placed the card back down on the table and opened the door to our backyard. There he was, the man I loved with every fiber of my being, sitting on the far side of the dam, looking at our house waiting for me. When I saw him, I just started to run full force. It wasn’t pretty and it definitely wasn’t cute. I ran across the deck and through the trees, I hopped over the creek and jumped onto the dam. I couldn’t get to him fast enough. As I was running my heart out, Robert was smiling and casually walking across the dam (very telling of who we both are). The second I was within a foot of Robert, I leaped into his arms. I never wanted to let go. He spun me around, put me down and then got down on one knee.
It was everything I could have wanted and nothing I expected. Nothing could make me happier than spending my life with you Robert Goldberg.
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