Feb 132009

I want to tell you about my girlfriend. She’s funny, she’s sweet, she’s both insecure and very confident at the same time. She’s pretty, she’s smart and she loves murder mysteries. She also sings Willie Nelson like she means it, which isn’t easy to do. She saw ‘Six String Samurai’ in the theater and watches ‘Deadwood’ at home. She thinks I am a sadistic mother fucker and she thinks that’s a good thing.

It’s been a year since my divorce. I feel like I have aged ten years as a person in that time. I’ve learned to like myself and I’ve learned to trust myself, which are two things I didn’t even know I had lost. I love myself too much to not marry this wonderful girl. I’m fucking 35 and that is too long to have been without this woman.

Being a cerebral type, I didn’t realize this until I heard Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Blind Mary’. The first time I heard it, I loved it. It’s simple but aren’t the best love songs simple? The song rattled around in my head and I kept singing it to myself. It was the only song I knew that captured the feelings I was going through. She doesn’t know that I am ugly.

And one morning, I came out of the shower and walked into the bedroom. My girlfriend was awake but still in bed. I was still singing but I had substituted her name for Mary.

And I sang to her,

I lo-ve Mary,
Blind Mary marry me.
I lo-ve Mary,
Blind Mary marry me

The pure joy on my girlfriend’s face was beautiful. “Are you asking me to marry you?”

“Yes,” I said quickly. It wasn’t my intention at the moment but what the Hell. You learn not to pause in moments like these. “Yes I am.”

  8 Responses to “I’m Getting Married”

  1. Well, I guess congratulations are in order here. It is kind of fun that with the type of stories you often write, you are a hopeless romantic. :) Good luck and all the best!

  2. Thanks. Realizing that I was a big sappy romantic at heart has been one of the best parts of the past year.

    I also have a theory that nothing is more boring to read than romantic sappy love.

  3. Congratuations, Shon. i’m so happy for you. :)

    Ps Have you considered trying romantic sappy love between sex-starved android werewolf zombies?

  4. Roxy- Thanks. I have not considered that plot, but I was halfway through two serial killers expressing their love for each other by copying each others kills before I became annoyed with myself.

  5. I absolutely adore that song, and while I’m not loved despite being ‘ugly’ at times, it’s a beautiful song.

    What a romantic thing to do, congrats Shon, I’m teary eyed for you…the good kind of teary.


  6. *claps delightedly* Congratulations!

    I did something similar myself – Apollo asked me what I was thinking (the one and only time he ever did that!) and I told him I was thinking about asking him to marry me… surprised the hell out of him, especially as we’d only been together about eight months at the time :)

    (He didn’t say yes. Instead he told me to ask again next year – it was about September at the time – so 12:01 on Jan 1st, after smooching in the New Year, I asked him again!)

    xx Dee

  7. Congratulations Shon. That is fucking fabulous. And you so deserve it ;)

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