April fools day in our house has a different meaning then pranking. Though I thought it was going to start that way. On April 1, 2002 I was home recovering from having my appendix out. Worst surgery I have had by far. My appendix had started leaking and was lucky they caught it in time before becoming to horrific. Still a crap experience. I had four days in the hospital. Every time I coughed I was pretty sure I was dying. Since I have such allergies to medications. The meds they gave me did nothing for the pain. I was happy to be home in my bed. Paul ever the gentleman was at the hospital with me most of the time. I knew for sure he was a keeper than.
We were sitting on the couch. He was watching some movie and I was sleepy. He got up went to the safe we had at the time. He came back and sat on the couch with a ring in hand. He looks at me and says “Here wear this.” What? Puzzled I ask ” What are you talking about?” Again I get the whole here wear this. I want to marry you. Paul ever the romantic. I looked him dead in the eye and said NO.
I said no because I knew it was April fools day. Who in their right mind would be so mean and cruel to propose marriage on April fools day?? Apparently my husband. Though he was not joking. He was dead serious. I finally agreed after realizing that he was dead serious and he truly wanted to be with me forever. I also laid down the whole I am only doing this once. There is no divorce in this marriage. You will only have the option of cement shoes and what river you would like. He giggled but knew I was serious. I came from a home where I am blessed to have a fantastic step family. I just wanted more for my future children. For us we knew marriage would be hard work. We wanted more than anything to succeed.
I have to come to love the story of my proposal. Though it was not romantic and imagined growing up. It was done in true Paul fashion. I think Disney did me a disservice with it princesses but that is story for another day.
15 days Later I would marry Paul.