For mine and Alex’s birthday, I had a surprise for her. She spent most of the afternoon resting and that evening, we had a lovely dinner, that I had catered in. She absolutely loves Italian food, as do I, but since her surgery, she has had to remain very careful about what she eats and drinks, as currently no food or drink is agreeing with her. I decided to play it safe and have pasta fagioli soup and grilled chicken alfredo brought in for her.
We sat down at a candlelit table for two and enjoyed our meal. She has been very quiet lately, hardly speaking at all. I know all of this has affected her self esteem. I did not sit across from her at the table, instead I sat right next to her and cut up the large strips of chicken into more appropriate bite sized pieces for her to enjoy. Pasta Fagioli soup is her absolute favorite and so I made sure that I ordered extra for the next few days for her to enjoy.
After dinner, my brothers joined us in the living room where I helped Alex sit down on a very comfortable chaise lounge. There were bouquets of flowers around the room from my brothers and I and the lights were dimmed softly after she had sat down and gotten comfortable. A few candles were lit around the room and that is when I got down on one knee in front of her and took her hand in mine. I looked down at her hand and traced my thumb over the top of her palm. I took a deep breath and gathered up all the courage that I could. Then I looked up at her and into her eyes. I told her how much she means to me, how she changed the way that I viewed women, how wonderful she is and how I want to spend the rest of my life with her. Of course she said yes! I hadn’t even pulled out a ring yet. I leaned in for a kiss and to hold her, as she was shaking and shivering. It was one of the sweetest, tenderest kisses that we had ever shared. I got up off my knees and sat beside her on the chaise lounge, wrapping my arms around her, running my fingers through her hair and planting soft and sweet kisses on her head as she rested her head on my shoulder.
My brothers were all very happy for us and so now we are in the process of beginning to plan our own wedding! We have decided that April 20, 2020 is going to be our forever day. I would have to say that this was the best birthday that I ever had. I think also that despite all that has happened in the last few weeks, that it was a pretty good birthday for Alex too.