Tuesday, September 30, 2008

The Park Wife and The Ranger - Possibilities

Our first date was magical; I knew that he was the one. But, I was not sure that I had made the same impression on him. I had my work cut out for me.

First, I had almost starved the man and secondly because he had been out of a serious, long-term relationship for only a few months and I was about the last thing he needed. That did not deter me a bit though, surprise. I have never been one to back down from a challenge. Was that what this was, a challenge, or was there something different about him?

I knew the answer to that already because every time I thought of him my heart beat faster and it gave me this overwhelming giddy happy feeling. All I could think about was him, of how handsome he was, how he smelled (a little like an airplane, but his manly smell overpowered airline peanuts), those beautiful eyes and the smile that lit up the room. Now, Big Buckaroo is not the one that would be the center of attention at a party, he is not loud or overbearing. He has a strong inner peacefulness and confidence that exudes from him and partnered with his good looks, yep, I could not let him go.

I was walking in the clouds on Monday when I went to work. Of course, Pat had to have all the scoop and she was genuinely glad that I was happy. Then, in her motherly love for me cautioned me to be careful, she had watched me go through some dead end relationships that she predicted early, oh the wisdom that woman has.

I spoke to him on the phone that next week and invited him to come back whenever he could. The next Tuesday, nine days from our first date, he agreed to come to Memphis for the day. Maybe I had made an impression on him, but I had to promise to feed him this time. But, I could not cook, what was I to do?

He drove three hours to get there, not complaining at all about the long trip. It is amazing that I have been an event planner in my past career because, yet again, I did not have a plan for his visit. So, when he arrived at my apartment, he came in and there was an awkward moment of what in the world are we going to talk about? That passed very quickly after we sat down on the couch and started talking. This date began our date pattern, sitting for hours talking on my couch and later, well, that is for another installment. Now, get your mind out of the gutter!

It was getting late and I offered for him to stay on the couch so he did not have to drive back so late, he looked at me with a strange look, the one I now know is the “I can’t believe that came out of The Park Wife’s mouth” look and quickly let me know that would not be appropriate and he loaded up his Wrangler wearing behind and headed back to his mountain park.

Things were going well, but could I soften his hardened heart from the only real relationship he had been in that was full of hurt and pain. Was he ready for me?


Flying Squirrel Fan said...

I hope you are saving this in print so that you can give it to the little buckaroos (or their future wives!) it will be something that they will love to have when they get older. Miss ya!

Mommy Lion said...

I love that you are still telling your story! Still so much I never knew! *wink* Thanks for sharing the parade pics too. Ever since IKE our internet has been a little unstable! So I'm trying to catch up, but I KNOW there are more than 3 loyal readers!!!! *SMILE*

Anonymous said...

man on man, you really know how to reel us in...and leave us dangling, begging for more :o) I can't wait to hear more!! Love ya'll, and miss ya'll! Hope to come see ya'll soon (I know, I know, you're not holding your breath)

Lisa J said...

Oh I just love a good romance. And the neat thing is it is real. Everybody has a story in their life and I love hearing them. Each and every one. Yours...just happens to be a little more interesting. And I can't wait till the next chapter. I hope it won't be long waiting. Have a GREAT week.

Deb said...

Awww... such a gentleman!! I love that!

Anonymous said...

Lovely story! If you have written more since October 2008, you need to link to it, since I have had a fun time looking all over your blog but can't find "the rest of the story" :)

If you haven't written more...please do!

Amber Joy said...

Is that the end?! Did you ever finish it? Where's the rest of the story? The next installment? Pahleeease! Finish it! ;)

Anonymous said...

I am also wondering if you ever finished the story??????

Anonymous said...

Please, please, please, please finish the story!!!!!!