Sunday, April 22, 2007

Barefoot In The Park

Oh my goodness! I had such a great time! I haven't stopped smiling. Not only did we have a great time yesterday, we met for brunch today. That's right. But let's rewind.

We met up (no riding in cars with boys) at one of those street festivals. You know the kind; food, arts, crafts, music, etc. Anyway, we walked around for a while just talking and having a good time. After a while he asked if I was ready to eat. I said, I don't know, I kind of want to stay for the concert. He gets this look and is all "we could do both". I said, "Oh, I don't really want anymore of this junk food." He says he's got a plan and tells me to "wait right here." When he comes back, he's got a picnic basket. I was all, "OMG, a picnic, this is awesome!" And it was. He packed chicken salad, assorted crackers, a French baguette with butter, one of those mini cakes from Whole Foods (the strawberry one with butter cream frosting), and sparkling white grape juice. Y'all, he even remembered a blanket. I was so impressed. I was all giggly, and I said, "well, Lieutenant, you sure know how to impress a girl." He leaned in and said, "Darlin' I'm a firm believer in giving your best." Insert breathless giggle here. I know but it's all I could manage at the time. Anyway, after he served both of us and poured the sparkling, I asked how he managed to keep everything cold. Y'all know what he said? "A good Marine is resourceful." What kind of explanation is that? Which is exactly what I asked. He told me the information was "highly classified." Cute. I'll give him that.

Meanwhile, we had great conversations the entire day. We talked about everything (slight exaggeration). He's great. I can't believe I almost wrote him off just because he's in the military. Speaking of which, we talked about that too. He owes them two more years of service. He's not sure if he's going to continue after that or just be a regular working guy. With his education and experience, he knows it'll be easy to find a job but he can't really see himself doing anything else. At the same time, like so many others, he's not 100% thrilled with the military right now. It's something he'll have to work out for himself and I, obviously, won't be interfering in any way.

Anyway, he was a total gentleman the entire time. Nothing inappropriate. We decided to meet up so we wouldn't be alone in the car together. And since he wasn't driving me home, he followed me home to make sure I got there safely. Gotta love it. And brunch was just as perfect.


L said...

Awwwwwww. Awwwwwwwwwwwwww. How cute :)


Haha, I have seriously discovered this blog at the most perfectest time ever (literally right when you started the first marine post). I need to hear more stories like this. It gives me hope :)

singlemuslimah said...

Keep hope alive! haha
I'm so cheesy.

AKA said...

Girl...I'm at a loss for words. This is out of a movie or something! I am so thrilled that this working out so beautifully for you! I literally had a big smile on my face while reading lol. My week has been just insane but reading about your is definitely a bright spot. And I may be getting totally ahead of myself but I think this is a complete work of fate. Running into him at breakfast after not wanting to see him again just set things off in the right direction. All the best to you two :)

youngmuslimah said...


Good Luck! I wonder what your url will be once you get married? (inshAllah)

youngmuslimah said...

SM, pl check this out, hope it helps you! :)

TwennyTwo said...

assalamu alaikum,

Yeeeehoooo!!! MashaAllah! Glad to hear you had a good time! Yay! I don't know what to say but yay! MashaAlllah! So I'd better stop.

I'm sure glad you gave him another chance, and really glad y'all had the convo so you know where he stands on the military service. Obviously that was important for you.


Anonymous said...

YAY! I was hoping you posted about this, I thought about it all morning on my way to work! I am so so so so glad you gave him a chance! What's hotter than a Marine who brings a picnic basket chica? He sounds like a good guy, my fingers and toes are crossed for you girlie!

Sarah said...

I love, love, love that he was so prepared and wanted to impress you :). And it's great that you got the military discussion out there on the first meet-up!

Hurray for you!! Keep on smiling, and keep us posted!

Atifa said...

Hummmm, you know if he's computer savy he's already found your blog. :D In which case he's reading all of this with the rest of us...not to make you paranoid. :D

I couldn't have gone out with a guy like that. I tried once, it didn't work. I wanna read your post on this issue. Sorry to say, I still don't see any difference btw this and dating.

Haleem said...

OK.. all well and good for you.. but please explain to me one thing..

You were walking, right, both of you, on the street? Then all of a sudden, he disappears, and is back with a PICNIC basket?!!!

Where was this thing stored? Hello ... I am taking notes here ;-)

singlemuslimah said...

AKA: I'm glad I could brighten up your day!

YM: Good question.

TT: I'm glad I gave him another chance, too.

Ruby: Thanks, hon!

Sarah: I'm glad we got it out of the way too. And I will keep y'all posted.

Atifa: Don't say things like that, you'll make me paranoid. Anyway, there isn't a huge difference. You're just not alone, alone. Honestly, it's hard to really get to know a person with a bunch of people (esp. parents, etc.) hanging around. I feel that it's better to do it this way than to have broken engagement after broken engagement, or get divorced six months down the line.

Haleem: You are so cute. It wasn't quite as random as that. The whole thing was downtown and there was a grassy area where they were having the concert. Anyway, the basket was in his truck (presumably in a cooler), which was parked less than a block away. He just went and got it. I'm pretty sure that Whole Foods provided all of the goodies in the basket. You can and should give it a try. It's very swoon worthy.