November 21, 2015
I’m always telling my customers I know how lucky I am. I make my living by taking people fishing on the waters of Key West, I have a nice house 1 block off Duval St in Key West, and Most of all, I live with the sweetest, most amazing woman I’ve ever met, Emalyn. 7 years ago, I asked her to marry me. She said yes, but didn’t want to set a date because she had been married before and was in no hurry. That was fine with me, I wasn’t going to do anything as an “engaged” man that I wouldn’t do as a “married” man and Ema is worth waiting for. I’ve told her and anyone else that would listen, that I would marry her any day she wanted, just say the word.
Last Saturday night was supposed to be the night of a “House Concert” for some musician friends of ours, the Carter Brothers, that Ema had organized. After a few songs, Ema asked me to come up on stage and help her with the cake. I thought it was kind of strange to stop the band for a “cake break”, but I never question when Ema organizes things, she’s really good at it. When they came around the corner with this “wedding cake” style cake I thought it was also a little strange. When I turned to ask her about the cake and she was on a knee, it suddenly clicked in my clueless head……..Today was the Day!!
Ema was almost finished reminding me that I had always said I would marry her any day she wanted and this was the day when I blurted out “ABSOLUTELY!!!”. I was even more shocked when, as instructed, I walked over to a restaurant next door to get ready and allow the stage to be redecorated and there were my whole family and all the hometown friends I ran with back in the day. It’s a good thing I said yes, because this woman owns me! She has me figured out like no other! The wedding was a bit of a whirlwind and as the night went on, it got a bit fuzzy, (having a “shot of rum” as the signature drink for the wedding might have had something to do with that), but the end result is I now have a wife and I couldn’t be happier.
I have always said I’m one of the luckiest men on earth…….and I just got luckier.
Thanks Sweetie, I love you