What do a cartoon dog, a blank greeting card and Valentine’s Day have in common?
My awkward marriage proposal, of course.
On Valentine’s Day 1998, my boyfriend gave me a card with a cartoon dog on it. This just wasn’t just any cartoon dog, oh no, it was a cartoon dog dressed in a tuxedo holding a bouquet of roses. As if I wasn’t already swoony enough, preprinted inside of the card read the message, “You’re doggone wonderful!” Obviously, my cup runneth over by the romanticism of the sentiment. Doggone wonderful huh? So is my morning coffee. Personally, I was expecting a little (and by that I mean a lot) more.
Under the card’s message, my boyfriend had printed “P.S.” in tiny letters. Just P.S., nothing else.
P.S. I chose the most unromantic card I could find? P.S. This is a card 5th graders give each other? P.S. I forgot to finish writing the message? P.S. I have a lot to learn about romance?
Perplexed and annoyed, I tossed the doggone card right back at him and asked him to finish writing the message. I never expected a sweeping romantic gesture or an expensive gift, but an unfinished card? Game over.
As he picked up the card he knelt down on one knee and said nothing.
P.S. Are you OK?
He reached into his pocket and produced a vintage diamond ring. He looked into my eyes and stammered as he asked me to be his wife.
P.S. I wasn’t expecting that.
P.P.S. I guess I shouldn’t have thrown the card.
A flurry of emotions came over me. Is this really happening? This card was part of my proposal? Who cares! I’m in love! I’m in love! I’m in love (and not just with this ring)!
I shouted, “Yes!” and immediately readied myself for a lifetime of happiness with this man. We kissed, I cried and just when I wanted to grab hold and never let go, he was called into work and had to leave.
P.S. Doggone it, this was not how I envisioned this moment.
Newly engaged, I spent Valentine’s night alone with my ring, daydreaming of building our home sweet home as man and wife.
Twelve years of marriage and 2 children later, our happily ever after is filled with humor, understanding, and yes, even romance. While I may not have gotten a fairy tale proposal, our blissful marriage is nothing short of doggone wonderful.