The Question

My prompt for this week’s Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop :

3.) Married? Tell us the story of how the question was popped.

It was November, 2001, and Motor Man and I had been “seeing each other” for about 3 1/2 years. He had recently purchased a beach house at the Outer Banks.  On Saturday, November 10,  he and I had gone down to the beach for the day.  That afternoon, we had plans to go out for a movie and dinner.  I was coming out of the “necessary room” (that’s the doorway behind the sofa in this picture) after freshening up a bit.

Motor Man met me between the doorway and those barstools. He said he had a question for me. I thought he was going to ask what movie I’d like to see or where I’d like to have dinner.

Instead, he asked: “How’d you like to go pick out a ring soon? Will you marry me?”.

Needless to say, I began crying and saying “yes”, and calling Marshall. And my sister. And our friends.

Then we went to see the movie “Shallow Hal”. My head was so far in the clouds, I barely could tell you what the movie was about.

And so comfortable was Motor Man with his decision to pop the question… he slept through most of the movie.

Mama’s Losin’ It

31 responses to “The Question

  1. Lol, JR is so silly! Glad he asked you though, and I’m glad you said yes!! 😉

  2. I love that you were totally surprised. My husband hinted around so many times that I knew it was just a matter of time. Looks like you guys were just meant to be.

  3. He knew you’d say yes so he wasn’t nervous a bit. Love it! 🙂

  4. JR is so laid-back! Both of you KNEW you were perfect for each other so it was easy for him to ask and easy for you to say “YES”!!

  5. What a dear, sweet story….indeed it sounds like JR was quite comfy in popping the question as you were in saying YES! Some things were just plain meant to be.


  6. Well being your Birthday Twin, I could say that Tim “intended” to propose to me on November 10 (even though it was actually October 26th). As I mentioned before – we really did want to get married on February 2nd (your anniversary date), but since the church was unavailable we settled for February 9th! Bottom line is…it would have been really strange if Tim had also “popped the question” on November 10th!

    (I think it’s awesome that JR proposed at the beach house! – In my opinion He gets romantic points for doing that!)

  7. Now how cool, delightful, endearing, and memorable is that? I think if you had told me that story in real life, I would be speechless with the surprise of it…but as you tell it in writing…I came up with all these words in reaction to the “surprise.” Such a sweet story and thank you for sharing. (smiling)

  8. Very, very sweet!

  9. Oh that’s a wonderful story!! And you both always look so happy together.

  10. Great story. And they lived happily ever after.

  11. Would loved to seen a picture of your proposal. However, every time you speak for Jr., your face lights up like a Xmas tree. Trust me people this is the truth………………….

  12. P.S. I forgot to mention she is an angel in disguise for those of you, who do not know her!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!………….jj

  13. …and then you became my neighbor! My story is not the norm. It took 22 years and 2 kids before I told David he had to marry me! It’s a long story…but a good one! It’s been 10 years now but we count the whole 32!

  14. That’s a neat story, Dianna! You two make a great looking couple who are clearly in love. I had to laugh at his falling asleep at the movies, that is something my hubby would do! LOL!

  15. SOme of the best moments come out of the blue…it’s probably just as well that your head was in the clouds…Shallow Hal wasn’t that great of a movie, in my opinion…LOL!

  16. I remember that phone call well .. but I don’t think I’d heard all the details of the proposal … Classic JR .. including the movie nap!

  17. Wonderful story. Sounds like you were totally surprised! I don’t think I’d be able to pay attention to a movie right after receiving a wedding proposal either!

  18. This is such an awesome story.

  19. I like how simple and surprising it was for you. Sounds like my man too, although there was no way he was going to ask for my help picking out a ring. He said he wanted me to know that it was all from him and his selection. He likes to be different that way as he also picked out gold when I pretty much only wear silver…well until then! Now, I love the gold. Thanks for sharing your story.

  20. I’d say that question was about a million times better than “Which movie do you want to see?” 😀

  21. Ahhhh, he could relax…because apparently, you said YES!
    Very sweet.

  22. Lovely story! November of 2001 is when M’Lord proposed to me, too. But he did it at a restaurant in front of my parents, his parents, and friends of ours, who photographed the whole thing. November is a good month for us. We started dating, he proposed, and we married in November. Happy 10 year engagement anniversary!

  23. Aw, what a sweet story, Dianna. I feel like I’m witnessing a fairy tale with you two. 🙂

  24. I love to hear how people met and fell in love … beautiful … thank you for sharing your tears of joy with all of us!

  25. Sweet story! I believe in “meant to be” and just from getting to know you on your blog, I think that’s true for you!

  26. What’s with men proposing outside the “necessary room” ? Something similar happened with me! Walked out of the room and he dropped on one knee! Nothing romantic, because MC does not have a romantic bone in his body. Ten minutes after he proposed, I had to leave and go to the University and do an awareness presentation on HIV/AIDS/STD’s to a sorority/frat group, lol. One of the many joys of my job!!

  27. What a sweet story. When the time is right, it’s just right, I guess! 🙂

  28. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I love the story. JR did it just right. Chuck asked me to marry Feb 1975. He would always talk about it like it was a done deal until finally I asked him if he was going to purpose or just take it for granted. At that point he got on his knees and the rest is about 37 years of history.

  29. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    Well I guess it still gets to me after all these years. I meant propose not purpose. Oh well!!!!

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