A Path of Pebbles

5th March 2012

29 February, 2012. 5.19 pm

I left work to light some candles and change into a dress.  The same one I wore for the first party Sarge and I threw together.


CJ kindly spent the evening in the living room so my PA could set a path of pebbles from the front door to the bedroom.

I stayed put, with a cup of coffee and a candy ring.


Sarge texted to say he was doing Senior Software Geek stuff and would be home by 8.  Instead of blowing out the candles and picking up the pebbles, I stayed in the bedroom for two and a half hours.  I couldn’t concentrate on my book.  Or breathe.  I may have managed to play Bejeweled Blitz, bargaining with my score.


I was down to two candles.  Sage came in with shopping bags and toilet paper.  ‘You got me pebbles.’  He might have cried before stepping into the bedroom.  And then I forgot the time.

He kisses me.

‘Are we going to do this with toilet rolls in your hand?’

‘No’, he says and puts the shopping away.  I’m still in the bedroom.  I may have been wondering if he’d jumped out the window.

He comes back.

I gave him two pebbles.

‘Now, I’m not balanced enough for one knee,’ I said.  And so, I got down on both.

And then I cried and said some mushy stuff, and ended with, ‘Will you marry me?’

And then he said some mushy stuff and cried and then I cried some more and we hugged and I might have said, ‘Wait, did you just say yes?’

‘Yes,’ he said.

‘Holy shit,’ I said.

And then he says, ‘Would you like to get up now?’

‘Yeah, now is good.’

I put the candy ring on his finger.

He reaches for something.  It’s a penguin.  It’s a penguin ring box.

‘What is THAT?’

I open the box.  It’s empty.

‘I thought we could choose one this weekend.’ And then he chooses another candy ring.  Gets on one knee and says, ‘You’re awesome.  Will you marry me?’


Best proposal ever.  We asked each other.  I figure that’s a good start.

The candy rings are in the fridge, waiting to be varnished and framed.

On Saturday, we took Frodo Bob Box to Glasgow on the quest for the ring.  That day gets its own post!

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  • Reply limebirdbeth 5th March 2012 at 2:21 pm

    Aww how sweet! Was he planning to do it on the same day?? Congrats again!

    • Reply LKD 5th March 2012 at 3:01 pm

      Thanks, Beth! I don’t know, he won’t tell me when he bought the box!

  • Reply Camylleon 5th March 2012 at 2:22 pm


    That’s amazing, and beautiful, and wonderful….and wow…great minds think alike, eh? 😉

    Congratulations again! Much happiness to you both!

    • Reply LKD 5th March 2012 at 3:05 pm

      Thank you! We are petty good like that!

  • Reply Eileen Riley 5th March 2012 at 2:29 pm

    That’s a wonderful story. Many congratulations to you both.

    • Reply LKD 5th March 2012 at 3:07 pm

      Thanks, Eileen. My favourite story so far!

  • Reply poetprodigy7 5th March 2012 at 3:49 pm

    HOw very, very wonderful! Congratulations!

    • Reply LKD 15th March 2012 at 4:20 pm

      Thank you! Very, very much!

  • Reply Marj 5th March 2012 at 4:02 pm

    OMG!!! Congratulations. I’m soooo happy for you both. Much, much love! Now I have an excuse to come to Scotland!

  • Reply Hippie Cahier 5th March 2012 at 4:05 pm

    You wouldn’t believe me if I told you the coincidences related to your pebbles and the ring in the picture, especially the ring.

    Congratulations to Sarge and best wishes to you.

    This makes *my* day. I don’t know why that is, but it does. 🙂

    • Reply LKD 5th March 2012 at 4:43 pm

      I’m glad it makes your day, Hipster. Mine, too! Thank you!

  • Reply k8edid 5th March 2012 at 4:16 pm

    I love this – so sweet. Congratulations to you both. I pray you are immensely happy for many, many years.

    • Reply LKD 5th March 2012 at 4:44 pm

      That’s the plan! Thank you!

  • Reply Carol 5th March 2012 at 4:53 pm

    Congratulations! A very good start with both of you in the same place at the same time, which is what I wish for you for many years.

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:09 pm

      Thank you, Carol!

  • Reply urbannight 5th March 2012 at 5:03 pm

    That is such an amazing story to be able to cherish and share through the years. Two hearts and minds on the same path at the same time. Congratulations!

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:11 pm

      Thank you! We have plenty of stories to tell our kids and grandkids. This may be the first one!

  • Reply becomingcliche 5th March 2012 at 5:46 pm

    I am so happy for you!

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:12 pm

      Thank you!

  • Reply Jenbug 5th March 2012 at 7:27 pm

    Congratulations to you both! I wish you many years of happiness!

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:13 pm

      Thanks, Jen!

  • Reply SusanWritesPrecise 6th March 2012 at 1:08 am

    Congratulations! I wish you all the best!

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:14 pm

      Thank you, Susan!

  • Reply Susan Masone 6th March 2012 at 1:38 am

    Best wishes for much happiness. I became engaged in an unusual way too, but that’s another story. xoxo cousin susan

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:16 pm

      Thanks, Susan! Means a lot! What was your engagement story?

  • Reply Spinny Liberal 6th March 2012 at 4:06 am

    Congratulations mama!! Great story. 🙂

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:17 pm

      Thanks, Spinny! We think so!

  • Reply Karen 6th March 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Fantastico!! Congratulations!

    • Reply LKD 6th March 2012 at 11:18 pm

      Isn’t it?!? Thanks, Karen!

  • Reply aligeorge 7th March 2012 at 10:38 am

    Great minds think alike, as they say.. congratulations to you both!

    • Reply LKD 11th March 2012 at 10:19 pm

      Thanks, Ali! And thanks for the pings. I hope the drafting is going well!

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  • Reply Sue Brown 7th March 2012 at 9:59 pm

    Yay!! I love happy endings/beginnings 🙂

    • Reply LKD 11th March 2012 at 9:54 pm

      Thank you, Sue. Me, too! This is just the beginning!

  • Reply Carol L McKenna (@artmusedog) 8th March 2012 at 12:45 am

    Oh I love your proposals story ~ fantastic ~ and congrats to you both! ~ namaste, Carol (A Creative Harbor)

    • Reply LKD 15th March 2012 at 4:21 pm

      Thank you, Carol! Nice to hear from you again!

  • Reply buddhafulkat 9th March 2012 at 3:48 pm

    That’s so sweet – got me teary eyed. Congratulations to you both!

    • Reply LKD 11th March 2012 at 9:49 pm

      Thanks, Kat! I was a mess. 🙂

  • Reply Doris 9th March 2012 at 11:47 pm

    This is amazing! I love this! Congratulations to the both of you!!!

    • Reply LKD 11th March 2012 at 9:52 pm

      Thanks again, Doris! 🙂

  • Reply Roxie 11th March 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Congrats!! Such a great story, sounds like you made the right decision, waiting for that moment even tho’ it came two hours later. Do tell about the ring hunt, bound to be humor in that! 😉

    • Reply LKD 11th March 2012 at 9:51 pm

      Thanks, Roxie! Look out for the ring story tomorrow!

  • Reply lostnchina 12th March 2012 at 10:51 am

    Lovely, lovely. Congratulations to you both! This post made my day.

    • Reply LKD 12th March 2012 at 10:59 am

      Thank you, Susan! Quest for ring coming up, when non-blog writing is done. Is it ever? 🙂

  • Reply Blond Duck 12th March 2012 at 12:16 pm

    That’s so sweet! Popped in from SITS!

    • Reply LKD 12th March 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Thanks, Ducky!

  • Reply Taryn 13th March 2012 at 10:23 am

    Wonderful, congratulations!

    • Reply LKD 15th March 2012 at 4:18 pm

      Thanks, Taryn!

  • Reply Sharon 15th March 2012 at 1:54 am

    Goosebumps, I have goosebumps! I could cry. I’m so happy!! Very well done.

    • Reply LKD 15th March 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Me, too, Sharon. I still do. Thank you very much!

  • Reply madamesaslow 15th March 2012 at 7:16 pm

    That made me cry in the best way! Congratulations!

  • Reply pathwriter 18th March 2012 at 3:41 pm

    Wonderful! Wishing you much happiness!

  • Reply Stephen Long 23rd March 2012 at 2:48 pm

    Sorry kid, no tears here, I was a tough NewYork City Cop, (sniff, sniff), but very happy for you both and wish you both all the joy in the world.

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