“I wish we could lay here forever”, Ray says.
It’s nighttime and everyone else went back to the house but us. We’re lying on a blanket on the beach, looking up at the stars. Everything is so beautiful that we both forgot about my little moment earlier.
“I know right! This is making me even more anxious about leaving. I’m going to miss you so much. I’ve been longing for this for so long and now that I finally get it, I have to go”.
“Do you really have to? You could go to UWI (University of the West Indies) and get a degree same way. Don’t go. Stay. I’m working for good money now. I’ll get an apartment and we could live together. Get married when you’re finished school! Have beautiful brown haired babies!”
I don’t respond but I stare at him, tears stinging at my eyes.
“I’m sorry”, he continues, “I know that I’m asking for too much right now. I know that it’s my fault it took this long. I know you can’t just give up your life and plans for me just like that. Kay, I don’t want to lose you again, I know long distance relationships are difficult but we at least need to try”.
Tears are streaming down my face now so I turn my back towards him because I don’t want him to see me ugly cry.
“Kay. Please look at me”
I turn back around and he’s propped up on one knee with a ring box in his hand.
“Ray. What the hell! What are you doing?” My heart is racing now and I can hardly breathe.
“Kay. I love you. I’ve always loved you. I just wasn’t sure who I was as a man and what I wanted. I know now and I know I don’t want to live the rest of my life without you. I spoke to your dad already and he gave me his blessing. Would you marry me? Please?”
He holds the open ring box and a note out towards me.
“You spoke to my dad? But he’s in Japan. How did you even get in contact with him?”
I’m screaming yes in my head but I can’t seem to say the word because I’m so stunned by what he just said. I can’t believe he tracked down my dad to get his blessing. I’m in even more disbelief that he remembered the conversation we had when we were younger where I told him that my future husband had to get my father’s blessings in writing. Yes I know I’m extra.
“I have my ways! I even spoke to your grandmother. She doesn’t know that we’re here together but she knows I planned on proposing before you left”.
I’m looking at him dumbfounded. He must be really serious if he went through all those lengths. But are we ready for marriage? I think. My expression must have changed because he says,
“I know that look Kay. We’re not getting married now. I want you to finish school first”
Whew! I relax and finally say,
“Yes. Yes Ray I’ll be your wife!”