Saint Patrick’s Day. For some it’s a day of partyin’ and drinking for no reason whatsoever. For others it’s a day of religious celebration for the coming of Christianity to Ireland. For my wife it was a day of sadness. She lost her grandfather, Edwin Eyer (“Poppa” to Christy) on this day in 1990.
She remembered him on this day and every day as he was a huge part of her life. At one point taking her in, she lived with him and her and Grandma Eyer. She has so many wonderful memories of him. I wish I had the honor to meet him, but sadly I never did. His children and grandchildren, that remember him, live life the way he taught them and are wonderful people because of it.
So knowing that Saint Patrick’s day carried sadness for her, we had planned a huge party at our house with tons of our friends and family. In order to try to bring some good memories to a sad day. Christy’s Dad was in town along with good his friend Karl. But, let me back up a few days.
Her Dad, Russ, and Karl were staying with us.I found some private time with Russ down at the Fire Station where we had them park the moving truck they had driven up from San Diego. I asked Russ for a private moment and explained how I felt about his daughter. I explained how much I loved her, and that I know my “track record” wasn’t the best, but that I truly believed she was the one, my soul mate and the love of my life, we’d been together for 5 years, sharing our lives and joining our family but we weren’t married. I showed him the ring and asked his permission for his only daughter’s hand in marriage. He messed with me quite a bit, (he even have pulled out a gun at one point) hemming and hawing and pulling my leg but eventually he laughed and gave me a giant hug called Karl over and we all hugged and shook hands and I got his approval.
Then I told them my plans….. bwahahaha mwawahahaha See, I’d been thinking and planning this for some time!! I’d asked Christy’s best friend (at the time) for her permission as well as both of our children. Beside them, I’d told 4 other people about the “plan” because I needed help if it were to be pulled off. Thankfully there was even a fire call the night of March 16th 2007 and no I didn’t start the fire or have anything to do with it!! Other then to put it out and clean up the mess and there weren’t any injuries. The fire fit perfectly into my “Master plan”.
I had gotten permission from the Chief to use the Rescue Truck for a “demonstration” for kids ( there were a lot of kids at the party and I really did do an educational demonstration). I had my best friend enlisted as a videographer and as a diversion. I had ” Crazy Uncle Timmy” enlisted to be my “test subject/victim”. I made an “excuse” that because of the fire call the night before I had to go down to the station and do some paperwork and clean hose. I’d only be gone a little while.
our house was on top of a mountain above the Fire Station. Christy was more than a little upset that I was leaving when we had so many people over and this huge party going on but sorry honey “duty calls” hahahahahah. Drama class and all my acting in high school has finally paid off!! The plan was pulled off without a hitch (other then accidentally using foam instead of just water on Timmy) and the best part.of the whole thing, the raison d’être: “SHE SAID YES”!!!
I could ramble on all day (as you all know) but here’s the video to show you how it was pulled off. It’s hard to hear what I’m saying but I think you’ll get the gist. I basically said “Please say yes or I’ll be forced to do to you what I did to Uncle Timmy”
Now, every year on Saint Patrick’s Day , we celebrate the life of Edwin “Poppa” Eyer and also the anniversary of our engagement. It’s a day of mixed emotions but time is healing her and the memory of our engagement day helps to override the loss of Poppa on this day. I’m a very lucky man to have this fabulous mother, loyal friend and the love of my life as my wife. She makes me a better person and as corny as it sounds, she completes me.
So everyone – enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day (responsibly) and for all our friends and family we love you all . For those that were there on this day in 2007 thank you for the wonderful memories.
My beautiful bride Christy – I love you with all my heart and thank you again for saying yes on this day 6 years ago….your love,support and partnership are everything to me. Happy Engagement day my darling (K)(L)(F) GILU!! MMMMMWWWWWWWWAAAAAAAAAHH XOXOXOXXO 😀
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