Friday, March 19, 2010

Historic Flight.

So I met Jake 18 years ago. March, 1992.
I was washing my car when he pulled into my driveway.
I was not wearing a bikini, so he was probably attracted to my fine mind.
I think I covered it all rather well two years ago. You can read it here.

So then I was thinking about something else that happened in March.

It was four years later. 1996. Jake and I flew America West from Salt Lake to Phoenix. About halfway through the flight, the air waitress gets on the intercom and pages me to the front of the plane. I was pretty sure I was in some kind of trouble, and I hate getting in trouble. Passengers were silent and stared me down as I made my way forward, cause everybody else thought I was in trouble, too. I do not like it when people stare at me. Especially from behind. Is not my best side. My pits were very sweaty.

When I arrived up front, the nice friendly lady handed me a tiny polished wooden box and her little microphone and then I heard Jake, who was on the identical device, in the back of the plane. All the heads swung around to peep at him. I just kind of stood there, looking dopey, so the flight attendant opened the box for me.

(All heads forward again.)

It contained a ring.

Jake cleared his throat and asked me if I'd marry him.
(Heads back. It was like Wimbledon in there.)

I pushed the button down with my thumb and stammered something like sure, I will, cause I'm so good (I'm not) in front of audiences (and every eyeball on that flight was on me, leering out of heads leaning out into the aisles, or on necks stretched up over the seats), and there was whooping and clapping and whistling and all manner of celebration, and I grinned real big, grabbed my ring box and started back toward my assigned seat. The trip took like ten minutes, because everyone wanted to see the ring.

When I arrived, Jake kissed me and everyone started making noise again. And he said, you know, you can take it out of the box, if you like. And slipped it on my finger. And then I turned on my overhead light, buckled my seatbelt, and stared at my ring for the remainder of the flight.

And in celebration of these anniversaries, I give you the other half of my profile picture, which includes, appropriately, my other half:

I know. Hubba, right?

Happy 18 years. Happy 14 years.


Claire said...


Does he have a twin brother?

Beeswax said...


Identical twins, 17 months Jake's junior. They look a lot like him, too.

Bee said...

Great story.
And yes, hubba would be correct.

The Fear Fam said...

Congratulations! The car washing story was one of the first I read on your blog - love it!

Jenni said...

I hadn't heard that story before...that's a great one! =) And yes, we are still coming in April...can't wait to see you all and your new little one too! We'll be there for Easter (April 3-11)

Heidi Ashworth said...

Sounds like he's a keeper.

LisAway said...

I bet you were in HEAVEN! Or you felt like you were in heaven, but really you were just in the heavens. You can tell the difference because in heaven your pits don't sweat.

Great proposal.

The Kooky Queen--Rachel said...

I do just LOVE your blog!!! Sorry baby hasn't made an appearance yet...I hope soon!!! And congrats on your anniversary!! You guys still look like you're 21! :)

Kari said...

Hubba, for sure. Who knew he'd be even handsomer all salt-&-peppery than he was dark?

Anonymous said...

Hello. And Bye.

Heather said...

Hope you had a great anniversary! GREAT pic of you two. Good luck on getting that baby here! :)

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Sarah loves it all said...

What a rad engagement story. You found yourself a looker. :)

LeAnn said...

Congratulations!!! What a good lookin' couple!

I had a Wimbledon moment once, but it wasn't on an airplane and it didn't involve engagement rings but it did involve a little Air Supply, a high school auditorium, my friend/crush on one end of the row and me on the other with all our friends in between. I asked him out (for my first date-desperate? Maybe....) through a great game of gossip!

BTW, he said yes! lol

And now, 17 years later we're cousins, through marriage.

I didn't mean to steal your thunder, but I understand you have a thing for history. :)