|at a contra dance |
Questions from Ann on Marriage...
1. How did you meet your husband/wife?
I longed for a mate, and dated a long time, was engaged twice and had 5 men ask to marry me over the years, but turned them all away... I prayed for a mate and the message I got was "July"
Meanwhile I followed my heart in activities, did a lot of volunteer work, did theater, learned to paint, joined a cajun dance group... where one of the men asked me to go to a contra dance. That was new to me... I'd done ballet, tap, ballroom, and zydeco but contra? He was cute so I dressed up in a swirly skirt and belt of metallic hanging planets and drove to the local contra dance.
During the first dance, I noticed someone moving toward me down the line, the room blurred and he was in focus.
It was July 25th.
Contra dance is lovely... live music with a caller who sets out the moves for that dance that you and your partner do with each new couple along the line. Poor my current partner because I only had eyes for the guy in focus as he approached.
He came up to do the set moves and said quietly, "dance with me next dance?"
I answered of course... we married a year later.
2. How did you know he/she was “the one”?
I didn't pull away from him, or throw up roadblocks... I trusted him. I quickly decided that life would be better with him than without him, in fact we both quickly decided that.
He was working with NOAH flying in hurricanes with the Hurricane hunters so I got to see him every month or so when he came down from school. He flew me up to visit him. We talked each night, he sent lysianthus flowers to my door, and sent letter after letter. My dog loved him and the first time they met, she flipped over on her back for a tummy rub, something she seldom did.
3. How did he propose?
During one of those visits we were dressed for a Halloween event I was volunteering at, and were standing at the back door letting my dog go out once more before we drove to the event. He casually turned to me, in a very few words (he's an engineer and is paid by the word) asked if I would marry him.
"will you marry me?"
4. Do you have any favorite stories from your marriage or about your husband/wife?
That every right comes with a responsibility.
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