Friday, October 3, 2008

34. hold my hand

While planning our NY weekend over the phone, Boy had told me to keep Saturday open for him exclusively. My only clues were that we’d have to be out and about by 8.30am and that I should dress comfortably but would probably want to look pretty.
I knew exactly what he had in mind: a Sex and the City bus tour! Beautiful Boy knew that it was Carrie and the girls who got me through the long nights when we were far apart, and though it would probably be a bit boring for him, he was sacrificing his Saturday in NYC just for me. What a honey! I pretended not to crack the code and feigned anticipation at finding out what the surprise would be.

We took Lala and Danny to dinner at Tony’s on Friday night and got to bed early to be ready for our Saturday morning. By 8.45 we were on the street, coffee in hand, umbrella in the other, as it was absolutely pouring! The wet added a bit of a challenge to my planned summer dress, but I decided to just add boots and go for broke. I was having balancing issues though. Somehow I couldn’t handle walking through the crowds, the boho bag on my shoulder, the coffee cup and the umbrella at the same time. How do New Yorkers do it? Respect.

Boy kept asking me if I’d prefer to get a cab, but it sounded so romantic to be walking hand-in-hand through the streets of NYC in the rain, I didn’t take him up on the offer. Even though taking a sip of coffee seemed impossible without spilling or burning my tongue or dropping the umbrella or my bag sliding down and pulling the cup away, spilling some more coffee everywhere! And my suede boots were taking a beating in the puddles and my legs were wet and my hair was frizzing and I was getting a bit hungry and… ugh! I was not handling the walk very well.

Meanwhile Boy was trying to hold my hand and telling me how he loved me and how good we were together and was I truly as happy as he felt and was I ready to really be with him and I’m thinking, in five minutes we’ll get to the tour bus or the Boathouse and we’ll sit down out of the driving rain without crowds and cups and umbrellas and boho bags and then, my dear sweet wonderful Beautiful Boy I’ll hold your hand. I’ll tell you in a hundred ways how well I’m loved and how vast my love for you has grown in no time at all. I’ll tell you exactly how perfectly we fit together and how I’m happier than anyone else on this earth. I’ll tell you how I’m already closer to you than I’d ever been to another man and that I’m so ready to remain this close to you forever and ever.

We were about to cross 7th Avenue when Boy stopped to tie his shoelace. I was still quite consumed with the business of staying relatively dry while balancing the cup and the bag, but I did have the presence of mind to notice that Boy’s shoe didn’t have any laces. That was weird. He seemed to be down there for a long time too and the crowds were surging and retreating around us as the lights changed and then he looked up at me with a little bit of apprehension and he asked me if I would marry him.

32 comments:

Being Brazen said...

Oh my GOODNESSS - really!!!! Thats so exciting. What did you say??? What did you say??? I must know....

tkc 16 said...

ohhhhhmmmyyyyygggaaawwwddd. i love it. i freaking love it.

Being Brazen said...

you said yes - obviously - right?right?

Anonymous said...

*sob* How wonderful!

DT said...

I am all chocked up! Perfect! I am sooooo glad you started this blog - the stuff of dreams!

Julia said...

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Thats the best thing I've read all morning.
All week in fact.

WHAT DID YOU SAY?????

Cassandra Allen said...

"squeeeeal"
I got goosebumps reading that!

Rachel said...

that's so sweet, and so SATC style, I love it!

You said yes. Didn't you? x

Anonymous said...

hahaha...I knew it! I knew when he told you to dress up that's what he was going to do! Hurry up and post the next one :)

The Cwtch said...

I'm melting! I was sitting at my desk eating a boring lunch feeling a bit glum as I can't be with my fella this weekend but Oh! What a lovely thing to read! Hooray for your wonderful man ... Hooray for romance and Hooray for proposals!

Catherine Blake said...

Yay!

Catherine Blake said...

Yay!

Lisa D said...

I can't believe you posted this on a Friday!! Now we have to wait until Monday to hear what happened next!!

What a great story!!!!!!!

Kimberly Julie said...

!!!!

I knew it'd be leading there since your picture displays a ring on that left hand of yours... but I was totally caught off guard by this! Since he hasn't planned to even meet you in NYC, I didn't think he'd do it just yet... How amazing though!!! :)

I'm dying to know: did he have the ring there in his shoes or was this a ring-less proposal??

Allison aka HaselBride said...

Ahhhh! I love it! Wishing it were Monday so we could hear the rest of the story!

Mrs. S said...

AHH!! That is not how I had thought this post was going to end. But I LOVE it!! That Boy-he is good, very good.

Peonies and Polaroids said...

Awww! You've given me the warm and fuzzies! And a big grin!

Cyd said...

Gosh, I am literally shivering with goose bumps! How AMAZING! I didn't expect him to propose in NYC. Eeeek! More more, I need more! :-)

Alice said...

no shoelaces!!!! what a great build up, thank you so much for sharing!!

Kristina said...

I got here via Peonies and Polaroids...this is the stuff movies are made about! You're so lucky to have lived it.

Ruby and Scarlett said...

Wow!! Is congratulations in order?! Great story you tell. I just found you tonight via Peonies... this is entralling I must say, will be back for more!

Riley (aka Rachel) said...

That's so awesome! What a cool story!

BB said...

the cwtch and mrs s: I agree wholeheartedly, but i think that sexyredframe deserves most, if not all of the accolades for being just absolutely unbelievable.

she writes like a dream, and if her stories are anything to go by, i think that she is just fucking amazing.

this boy is a lucky, lucky man!

Charlie said...

OH MY GOD!!!!!! YEYEYEYEYEYEYEY

Man that is quick. Did you say yes??

Did he take you on the sex and the city tour?

Charlie said...

P.s. Your word verification thing does my head in.

Alexis Layne said...

I second the warm and fuzzies. How very romantic and extremely unforgettable. Happily ever after...

Broke-ass Bride said...

GIRL! That's AMAZING!

Wait, you said yes, right?

I'm so freaking happy for you! What a romantic proposal story, and so so exciting! Oh, man. This is great.

Jessica @ budgetsavvybride said...

ahhhhh!!! You've given me chills and goosebumps and tons of anticipation for the next installment!!

Hollywood Tai Tai said...

OMG! What a perfectly romantic proposal! It's almost Breakfast at Tiffany's!!!

Guilty Secret said...

OMG! I thought I could see it coming but I thought surely I was just getting over-excited... I love how you remembered every detail of how you felt in the moments before because it always happens like that!

redframe said...

Ah ladies, (and gents?) just reading all your wonderful, excited comments brings it all back to me again... Thank you all!
It really was incredible and unreal and awesome and I still can't believe that I found a man who can know within 3 months that he wants to spend his life with me and then make the asking so special!
I'm thinking to create a meme about engagements and all you wedding bloggers will be tagged! It's such a personal thing isn't it? Yay for my BB. I love him!

October12 said...

Ahh, futzing with a shoelace-less shoe. My Man (now Husband!!) did the same thing in The Globe Theater. Totally caught me by surprise. It's the best feeling, is it not?
Congratulations.