Haibun: Valentine’s Day

Haibun: Valentine’s Day

We met online – a true romance of the 1990’s. He answered an online ad I had placed along with 20,000 other folk who responded. But his stood out, mainly because he was a local and he didn’t try to wow me. Just introduced himself, some of his interests, and where he worked. Quiet. Simple. I responded. We emailed a couple of weeks and then I called him. His voice was melodious and educated and he had a dry wit. After telephoning for a week, we decided to meet at a local restaurant for lunch. He said he had taekwondo and would meet me afterwards. I had been told about his physical appearance – medium tall, medium build, balding. I had shared my physical appearance – short and round like a beach ball. We liked each other at first sight and began dating. At first cautious and then throwing the wildness into the wind.

He took me to his parent’s home on Valentine’s Day. They were staying at Myrtle Beach for the winter and he was taking care of their home. He showed me around and then very quietly, he asked me to sit on the couch. My heart went cold. “He is breaking up with me” I thought. He went over to the piano and began to chord and to talk-sing, “Never gonna give you up” chord chord chord “Never gonna let you down” chord chord chord – all the way through the Rick Astley song that spoke to us both. He then left the piano and came over to the couch and kneeled on one knee. “I love you. Will you marry me?” I threw myself on him hugging him for all I was worth. “Yes! Oh yes!”

snow falling outside –
fire on the hearth roses in a vase –
love blooming within

16 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. merrildsmith
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 14:37:36

    Love! ❤
    My older daughter and her wife got engaged on Valentine's Day, too, a few years ago.


    • kanzensakura
      Feb 14, 2018 @ 14:52:45

      That is so cool. I love hearing about other people who got engaged/married on Valentine’s Day!

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      • merrildsmith
        Feb 14, 2018 @ 14:58:32

        They were at Disney World, which my daughter said ended up not being hokey, as the people there really made them feel special. Our other daughter got engaged on Christmas Eve and married on the 4th of July–I never thought of all these holiday connections before. 🙂


  2. whippetwisdom
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 15:33:05

    What a lovely story Toni – happy anniversary and Valentine’s Day! ☺💖 xxx


  3. qbit
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 15:46:43

    That is so wonderful!


  4. Frank J. Tassone
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 15:58:48

    Happy Anniversary, and what a marvelous story you tell!


  5. Frank J. Tassone
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 15:59:55

    Reblogged this on Frank J. Tassone and commented:
    #Haiku Happenings #11: Toni’s latest #haibun!


  6. Rosemary Nissen-Wade
    Feb 14, 2018 @ 18:24:08

    Oh, what a wonderful story! And beautifully told. (Some of the most successful partnerships I know, including my older son’s, started online.)


  7. Victoria C. Slotto
    Feb 15, 2018 @ 18:00:03



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