Never really been a fan of April Fools’ Day. (Understatement). Actually, I just flat-out didn’t like it. Not to say that I am a humorless person… I might fall a bit on the other side. Silly, funny, sassy, a little bit too pun-ny on my good days. And full of laughter about jokes that few people get on the bad days. There’s just something about the things people do on April Fools’ that bothers me. Mostly the telling of a straight-out lie and then laughing, “Oh!! You’re so gullible! April Fools! Hahaha.” April 1st was always the day that I both dreaded and despised.
April 1st, 2011.
There was a dinner cruise around the Potomac river. With cherry blossoms and candlelight. And this man asked me the dearest question I’ve ever heard. I said “yes” and he slipped a gorgeous amethyst-and-diamond ring on my finger. After we walked off the boat, I spent nearly an hour calling and texting friends and family. Surprise and elation followed. And a little sleepy-sounding joy from some friends (it was reeeally late!). And only one person asked… just to make sure… if this was an April Fools’ joke. Certainly not! And I had the sparkly ring to prove it! I definitely texted some photo-proof of that rock.
That’s been just over a year ago. What has followed has been the most life-changing, incredible, love-filled, wedding-planning-honeymoon-and-newlywed year of my life.
And it’s still true. I ain’t no fool in love.
Dear Brandon, Thank you for forever redeeming the first day of April. Making it “ours.” And causing it to represent love and truth to us. Your wife, Naomi Elle