3) I thought you knew

The love of my life proposed to me three months
after we starting dating. It had been a rocky start for us, because
he originally began dating my best friend and I was dating his best
friend. However, I only had eyes for him. Each night I would say
a little prayer that he would notice me. Little did I know that
he had the same feelings? We began dating in December 1973 and we
were engaged in March 1974.

He asked me to meet him at the mall after work, to do a little window-shopping.
As we walked past a furniture store he said, "That is the bedroom
suit that I hope we can afford." After a few minutes of complete
and awkward silence I asked him, "What do you mean you hope
we can afford this bedroom suit?" He winked and said, "when
we are married, I hope we can afford it." "Married? You
must be kidding… You’ve never even told me you love me."

Later that evening we joined a couple that we
occasionally had drinks with at our favorite hideaway bar. It was
just a little hole in the wall. However it was romantic. The bar
had little alcoves that each table was located in. It was very private
with very dark lighting. Each table had a small candle and we ordered
a bottle of cheap wine. The bar had a small band that played country
music very softly. Just old timers that played because they liked
to play.

As I was telling our friends about our window
shopping, they began to laugh. I was confused by their laughter
and I wanted in on the private joke. I knew something was up, but
I had no idea he was about to pop the question. After we each had
finished a glass of wine he turned to me and said, "Will you
marry me?" I was in total shock, this man that I loved, adored
and knew was the man of my dreams had never told me he loved me.
I looked him straight in the eye and said, "No". "Why
not?"he asked me. "Well you haven’t told me you love me
and I think that’s pretty important. Don’t you?"He roared with
laughter. I could have slapped him silly. He eventually stopped
long enough to say, "Well I thought you knew that I loved you
woman." "Just say it you damn fool," was my response.
He grabbed me by both arms and said, "I love you. I love your
awful cooking and I even love your ugly dog. So are you going to
marry me or not?" Needless to say I married the fool and we
have been happily married for 29 years.

He still never says I love you. But if I ask he
always says, "I thought you knew I loved you." Every year
on our anniversary we play the same song that the little band was
playing the moment he asked me to marry him. It is a George Jones
song titled, "Walk Through This World With Me." We may
not be the hippest couple. However we have stayed together through
thick and thin. I made a home for my truck driving man and he always
comes home to me, his children and our ugly dog. Life hasn’t been
easy, I now have MS but everytime I ask, "Do you still love
me?"He replies, "I thought you knew."

Diane Brooker,

Columbus, OH


The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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