I am so excited!!!!!
Jack was so cute. On New Year’s Eve, he told me to bring blankets and dress warm and that he just wanted to take a drive up North and look at the stars. He said that when we got up there we would put the top down even though it was freezing that night. His friend Larry invited us to a party that sounded like it might have been actually a little more fun than driving up to some cold deserted place but I was happy to be with Jack and go where ever he wanted to go. In the end, even though he got time off, he was called into work to fix a printer problem at the last minute. So I waited in the car for about a half an hour and we didn’t even get on the freeway till around nine.
We bundled up and drove past the grapevine and stopped at the top of the hill at a place called Fort Tejon. I didn’t get and still am not sure what it was about Fort Tejon that made it so special, but I think it might have been just far enough away from the city lights where we could look up and see the stars. We laid our seats back and stared up. The sky was filled with clusters of stars and we just talked about everything. Something we hadn’t done for a long time.
My dad managed to get him a week off with pay, thinking that he could relax and figure things out with his mom. I think that touched Jack and he really was much more relaxed than I’d seen him in a long time. As we lay there, Jack started telling me how much he loved me and couldn’t imagine living through this last year without me and then he sat up and reached into the glove compartment, pulling me up with him…
and said ; ” I can’t imagine living the rest of my life without you.” then handed me a velvet box with a beautiful diamond ring in it and asked, “Will you marry me Keri?” It was so romantic!!!!!! Oh yeah, I said Yes!
The ring was so beautiful. I don’t think it was one that I tried on. I really did not expect it at all. He slipped the ring on my finger and my mind started spinning.
Even though it was past midnight, I wanted to go right home and tell everyone, especially my parents. I chattered all the way home about nothing that I can remember as I admired my ring that sparkled in the moonlight. We laughed and talked and I looked out the window and saw a young girl with a sad face look back at me. She looked so broken and I wondered what was happening in her life to make her look that way and stopped to say a prayer for her because I knew too well how she felt.
Remembering how once I was the one watching everyone else be happy and thought… EVERYTHING is going to be okay now. I was so happy. I looked over and said, “Jack, lets go wake your mom up right now and tell her!” I just knew she’d be happy for us. Jack seemed surprised but happy that I wanted to tell his mom but he said “let her sleep, there will be time.”
After Jack dropped me off, I ran in and up the stairs and woke up my parents showing them my ring. They were both sweet. But my mom was obviously not happy. I was so disappointed. Later, as I lay in bed I thought about when my mom said. “There’s no hurry right?” I wanted someone to be happy for us. I considered calling Liz. I mean didn’t she call us enough times after midnight? But I didn’t want to ruin the surprise for Jack so I waited till we could tell her together. And finally fell asleep.