Friday, September 11, 2009

Keeper

I had a hot date tonight.

We watched My Sister's Keeper. The book is better. The movie is good though, just a different story really. She cried. I cried.

But she did not laugh hysterically. That's good.

We watched Shadowlands together at the theatre, years ago. Baba cried until she started to laugh. There would be this really sad scene, the whole room was sniffling and she was laughing.

I just told everyone she was on a pass from the center.

I call her Baba. I think it started about the same time we learned to walk in tandem, with me behind her and my arms wrapped around her, to keep us warm on cold days in college.

Ok, it really had little to do with keeping warm.

Our first date was at Pargo's restaurant in Blacksburg. I cut my steak into little pieces to eat, figuring it made me look a little more sophisticated.

Silly, I know.

A week after we met it was Spring Break. A freak snow storm closed the school for an extra week. Her parents said they could not understand why she was so upset to be out of school.

I wore green and mustard rubber boots when I welcomed her back.

The first time I told her I loved her, I wrote it in a poem on her hand. We took a picture so she would wash her hands again.

I like to think it sank into her heart.

Nine months later I asked her to marry me. The next morning at breakfast, I asked her parents if I could. She kept her hand in her pocket all morning.

Sometimes I wonder how I got so lucky.

She's taking the babysitter home right now. She'll be home soon. I can't wait.

This post is about nothing.

This post is about everything.

This post is about a keeper.

48 comments:

Joanna Jenkins said...

".....I like to think it sank into her heart."

That would make a Hallmark card commercial that makes people cry :-)

GREAT post!!!!! Again.

JeffScape said...

See if you can fit this blog on her hand, eh?

Kathleen said...

You are so damn charming. You aren't just lucky, my friend! I'll bet she says you're a keeper, too. Two keepers together -- I love that! Keep us posted! =)

An Open Heart said...

You are sooo dang'd cute....and sweet and lucky....she's lucky, too! God Bless you both....


;o)
S

Kay said...

keeper of your heart....how lucky she is! :) you both are! :)

Cinnamon said...

This is heart-warming to read- that so much love is in your marriage :)

Alan Burnett said...

You old romantic, you.

subtorp77 said...

This post is heart-felt, yes? Awesome, Brian! Love the part about the poem...

Ribbon said...

... this post is about love :)
or maybe lust..

either way it's a lovely post


best wishes
Ribbon

Valerie said...

Brian, all your followers said what I wanted to say. What is there to add except it was a love-filled post and I enjoyed it.

Brian Miller said...

@joanna - lol. good to see you friend.

@jaff - maybe down her arm...

@kathleen - smiles.

@open heart - aw, shucks.

@kay - smiles.

@cinamon - try to cultivate it daily.

@AB - yup. thats me.

@subby - yes. think the movie just got me emotional. lol.

@ribbon - first it is about love...then...

@val - an i am glad. smiles.

Lorraine said...

You're a wonderful, loving, poetic husband and a hell of a writer, imagine that...Lucky her, and Lucky us!

Jaime said...

that was so sweet.

Stacy (the Random Cool Chick) said...

Awwww! How sweet are you? Sounds to me like you're both 'keepers'! ;)

otin said...

I bet that on the way to take the babysitter home that at some point she wrote a keeper post in her own head!

A keeper is only a keeper when kept by someone worth keeping!

TechnoBabe said...

I like the poem written in her hand, how you both missed being together when school was closed an extra week, and I really like how you speak so openly about a true love.
I read My Sister's Keeper also and saw the movie. I enjoyed the book more too.

Brian Miller said...

@lorraine - must be all those 4 leaf clovers i save up...lol.

@jaime - ty.

@stacy - yes, i imagine so...

@otin - almost poetic this morning otin! to keepers everywhere....

@technobabe - what is more worthy to write about...

Daniel said...

Now I don't need to put any sugar in my coffee! (Get it? This post is so sweet that I don't have to? Pretty clever, huh?)

Protege said...

This is so incredibly romantic and so appealing to my incurably romantic mindset.
The Gods must have been smiling when you two met.
:)

only a movie said...

Oh I love this. And thank you for being a messenger.

Because watching Shadowlands (I used to live in that area), and calling the other half Keeper are two connections from our early days.

I almost forgot that, and needed the reminder this month.

Ocean Girl said...

I just came from a site that asks what love is and I arrive at a site that answers it.

Expat mum said...

Thanks for visiting my blog. All I can say is "Awww".

SandyCarlson said...

So romantic and beautiful and full of love. I love that you wrote a poem on her hand. I love a good love story. And this is a very, very good one. Thanks for making my morning.

♥ Braja said...

The Seinfeld of posts....

Wings said...

Fun post, good to know you are still as in love now as then.

And hey, you could have tattooed the poem into her hand, never wash off then! ;)

Madame DeFarge said...

Heartwarming post. Us women are sometimes good at picking the right men and you're obviously one of them.

imbeingheldhostage said...

That has to be the most beautiful thing I've read in a long time. Wow-- I think she found a keeper as well.
(and yes, the book could not possibly be beat--but I'm still waiting to find out!)

Lola said...

OK I'm crying. "This post is about nothing. This post is about everything. This post is about a keeper." Warm tears here. Hopeful romantic, yes. The poem sank into her heart.

...sniffle...


good night you lucky two
Lola xx

Baino said...

You're fortunate to have such lasting romance. For some it fades when children come along. Keep walking behind her with your arms around her to keep her warm. She's a very lucky woman.

blueviolet said...

That is a love worth keeping for sure. It's nice to know that you still appreciate it.

I also read that book and it stuck with me for a long time afterward. I'm afraid of seeing the movie for fear of ruining it for myself.

The Retired One said...

How wonderful for the two of you!
I feel the same way about my husband of 37+ years.
Even though we felt pretty sophisticated and smart when we met,we were just babies when we look back on it with fondness.I swear we grew up together.
Luckily, in the same direction with the same hopes and dreams.
And, God willing, we will end our journey together, still holding hands. It will be unimaginable for one of us to have to let go of the one's hands who has to leave first.

Country Girl said...

And this is the first post I've ever read that you've written.

I have no idea who you are, how old you are, how long you have been with this woman.

But I know two things.

You probably went to Virginia Tech.

And you love this woman.

Thanks for your visit today.

Ekanthapadhikan said...

Great post. An excellent tribute to the love that you both share!

Captain Dumbass said...

Nice. Hope it got you some brownie points.

Hit 40 said...

Beautiful. I plan to write I love you on my youngest child's hand tonight. He will adore this.

Have you ever drawn or written on your child's hand too?

A.Decker said...

Very nicely written. Sounds like y'all are defying the odds. Pretty cool.

lettuce said...

a lovely post brian.

Candie Bracci said...

Hum..are you real?LOL!No just wondering and women would agree with me!That was really beautiful Brian!Have a nice day :)

JOHN said...

Brian.
That is a nice entry on thinking back and being so Blessed with a wife.I wrote and entry onGod Bless the Child,I would love if you stopped by and read it and gave me your comment on it.GOD BLESS YOU BRO JOHN

JOHN said...

Brian.
That is a nice entry on thinking back and being so Blessed with a wife.I wrote and entry onGod Bless the Child,I would love if you stopped by and read it and gave me your comment on it.GOD BLESS YOU BRO JOHN

Tom said...

awwww...

FireLight said...

Brian, so young and yet so wise. Make sure you have a copy of this to read on future anniversaries...wishing you two many, many, oh so many of those in your future. This is a love to celebrate now and forever.

Betsy said...

Yes, you are indeed one lucky man...but she is lucky, too! There is nothing like true love that gets better and better as the years pass! Sigh.

smiles4u said...

How perfectly sweet.

Skip Simpson said...

I envy you, my friend. Hopefully, I will find someone, someday.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

It certainly is. So sweet.

Goofball said...

You're clearly a keeper for her too :)

Jill said...

Such sweet memories Brian...so touching..."it started about the same time we learned to walk in tandem, with me behind her and my arms wrapped around her."

NEVER forget them!!


Oh, and,
the book is ALWAYS better!