Saturday, April 19, 2008

our last day in marco

sniff, sniff. so as much as i'm excited to get home to see everyone, i am sad to know that we have to leave this place. this post may be a little sentimental and mushy, but that's how i'm feeling right now so i'm just going with it.

okay so here's the history behind marco island, florida. this is the place that jay's nan use to live before her hubby (grandad) passed away almost 9 years ago. she still owns this condo, but chose to move to alabama to be closer to family considering her heart conditions were flaring up. well, jay and i have been together for a little over 8 years now. i met him shortly after he suffered through the death of his grandad, and i promise you, if anything has made such an impact on jay, it was losing his hero. grandad was everything jay wanted to be. he'd spend every summer here with grandad and nana, and he looked up to grandad in every aspect of life.

well, the first time jay took me here to marco, he shared with me the letter that grandad had left for everyone to read once he was gone. see grandad was diagnosed with terminal esophageal cancer and died 6 months later. let's just say wow. at that time, i had never seen jay cry till then. it is something i will never forget. i couldn't believe that he shared something so precious to him with me, and allowed me to see his vulnerable side. i knew then that i was going to marry that boy. it still feels like yesterday, even though it was 8 years ago. i'm serious when i say the only time i have ever seen jay cry is because he misses his grandad, and it's usually when we're down here.

okay so enough mush. another reason this place will always be so special to us is because this is where jay proposed to me 5 years ago. he was fishing along the sea wall while i was swimming, and asked me to walk with him. he was soo incredibly nervous, yet i had no idea. next thing i know, he's down on one knee and mumbling something. i just freaked out, dropped to my knees, and squealed like a little school girl. obviously, i said yes, and then we headed back up to the condo where nan had a bottle of the bubbly waiting for us. ahhhh, memories. so this is why this place means so much to us. i believe jay specifically proposed to me in marco because he wanted to share with me just how special this place truly is. job well done. i couldn't have imagined any thing better. goodnight marco and goodbye, we'll see you next year!


K-Mom said...

What a great story!!! Your children will one day cherish it as well. I used to love it when my dad would tell me about the night my parents met.

Glad to hear you had such a nice vacation! See you soon.

Mommapeas said...

That's a wonderful story! How special to have that place to go back to as well! We miss you so much and can't wait to see you, but I understand the not wanting to return thingy! xoxo