Happily Ever After

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A narrative essay about a memorable time in a couples relationship.

Submitted: December 17, 2014

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Submitted: December 17, 2014

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Kyleanne Menchion
College Composition/Portfolio
Corinne Wait
December 10, 2014

Happily Ever After

 “Yes, I’ll marry you! Of course I’ll marry you!” I scream as he stands to his feet. He wraps his arms around me, and suddenly I feel as if the world has stopped, and it is just the two of us. I want to hold onto this moment for as long as I can. This is it, the moment I have been dreaming of since I was a little girl. He takes my left hand and slides the ring on my finger. “It’s beautiful. I just can’t believe it,” my voice shaking as I try to hold back my tears. He leans down and kisses me softly. “We have to meet everyone for dinner, we are going to be late,” he states as we turn and walk hand in hand, along the ship’s deck. We soon approach the dining room, where my entire family awaits. I am anxious, but nervous, to share this wonderful news.
 I drag my suitcase out from the closet. It’s quite large, but is it going to be big enough? I look over to my bed at the piles of clothes and shoes that I just have to bring. I’ve never been on a cruise, I want to be prepared. I throw the suitcase onto the bed, and go back to the closet for a second look, just to be sure there is nothing I am forgetting. The sound of the front door shutting, makes me jump. Josh is home. I walk out into the living room and he greets me with a smile. I love his smile, his huge dimples and how his face lights up, it still make me melt. “It’s finally here. Tomorrow we will be on a ship, making our way to the Caribbean,” I say with excitement. He glances in our room at my mounds of clothes. “You need all of that?” He laughs. “Of course I do, I need to be prepared for anything!”
 There are the butterflies again. Why am I so nervous? Oh, that’s right, Joshua is about to meet my entire family. All of my aunts and uncles, my grandparents, and all of my cousins, will be on this cruise with us. I pray this goes as well as it does in my fantasies. I know Josh is a great man, he is absolutely wonderful. So why am I so concerned with everyone’s opinion of him? I just want their approval, because I know this is the man I am going to marry. I knew from the moment I first laid eyes on him. I know how silly that sounds, since that only really happens in the movies, but I honestly knew that he was the one. When I spotted him across the room that night, our eyes locked, he was tall, shaved head, his eyes green with long eye lashes, but it was his smile that intrigued me. That night we spent talking and laughing, learning all about each other, he walked me to my car and when he held my hand, I felt the electricity. Now, here we are, about to go on my family vacation and he will meet them all. He seems fine, completely calm, but I know he’s not. He refuses to let his emotions show, but I have enough emotion for the both of us right now.
 As we walk into the room I can feel the heat of everyone’s eyes on us. Across the room, I spot my grandfather and him smiles. The butterflies start again and my palms begin to sweat. Josh takes my hand in his and we walk towards him. Josh puts out his right hand to shake my grandfathers’, and I notice him looking Joshua up and down. They quickly are engaged in conversation, although I am trying to listen closely, but I am in dreamland, thinking about the next few days on vacation and how wonderful it will be with the love of my life. Soon their conversation ends and my grandfather leans in to kiss me on the cheek. “It is wonderful to see you so happy, sweetie. He really seems great.” He whispers. “Okay we will see you at dinner.” Josh says as he takes my hand and leads me out of the room. “Let’s go for a walk before dinner, it’s beautiful outside.” He says quietly.
 The butterflies are gone. I feel a sense of relief now that he has met my grandfather. His approval means the world to me. Honestly the only opinion that matters. As we stroll along the ship’s deck, the cool breeze sends shiver over me. Josh wraps his arm around me, and instantly I am warmer. As we approach the stern of the ship I look up at Josh. He seems quiet, like something is on his mind. I guess meeting my family did not bring as much relief to him, as it did for me. We both grasp the railing at the back of the ship and stare out to the horizon. Splashes of red, orange and yellow, fill the sky. It’s just the two of us, not another soul in sight. I glance over at him, but he does not take his eyes off the water, so I turn back to the gorgeous view. I feel his hand on mine, as I look up to him, he turns me toward him and slowly bends to one knee. My heart is pounding, I’m nervous but excited at the same time. This is it, the moment I have been dreaming about since I was a little girl. Does it get any better than this? 


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