This picture is hardly worth 1,000 words, but the story behind it IS. I haven't written too much about this yet, but my courtship was unconventional, to say the least. We met in November '90, and after the whole tattoo escapade a month later, there was little else to do but make a mad dash to the alter. There was never any question that we were soul mates, it was just a matter of how, and when, to seal the big deal.
Well, one evening, in our favorite speakeasy, yours truly had to make a trip to the ladies room (multiple margaritas will do that to a girl). I had not quite squatted awkwardly, yet hygienically, to do my business, when the door opened behind me. There was my sweetheart, flashing that boyish grin. Dropping to one knee (yes, in the ladies room), he asked for my hand in marriage. I was overwhelmed with joy when I saw him reach into his pocket and pulled out... his wallet??
No, there were no diamonds presented that fateful night. That man of mine glanced into his wallet, pausing to think, and pulled out a single dollar bill, which he then tied around my ring finger. Mind you, he had a twenty in the wallet, too, but rationalized that he needed to save that for more beer.
If any of you think this girl was disappointed or embarrassed, you don't know moi. Religiously, I would coat it with clear nail polish, rendering it fairly weatherproof. I wore it proudly through our entire three month engagement, trading it for a simple gold band I had to purchase myself for our wedding day (more on that to come).
So, as you can see, I have held onto it all these years. Mr. Wonderful has been quite generous in the jewel department since, and what I wear on my ring finger today would hardly raise any disapproving eyebrows. However, I cherish my priceless "engagement dollar" and can't wait to pass it on to my son to present to his one-and-only. I have a feeling it may just weed out any gold-diggers!
This touching story was made possible by the lovely Cecily and MamaGeek, who begat Photo Story Friday. This is my first, and I am excited about more to come. I promise to present better photos and, as always, stories from my heart. I hope I fulfilled all the requirements!