‘EAR, NEWS, AND THROAT’
T his Valentine’s Day, I hope everyone has the opportunity to do something special to celebrate. For some of us, this might mean a romantic candlelit dinner with our partner; for others, it’s a perfect excuse to treat yourself. Personally, Valentine’s Day is one of the many opportunities I have to celebrate the relationship I have with my wonderful wife, Renee. Ever since we first met, Renee has been someone I can share a laugh with. She has the best sense of humor and is always a joy to be around. One thing we have in common is our love of dumb comedies. Her favorite movie of all time is “Dumb and Dumber,” and not only can she quote every line, she can also sing the background score! It’s so much fun to observe her as she watches that movie. Renee is also incredibly crafty — the home improvement projects she takes on are crazy! For example, she can take an old cabinet, saw the legs off, put on new legs, and paint the whole thing. When she’s done, it looks better than anything you could find at IKEA! I’ll help; but ultimately, she’s the one in charge. Everything that looks good in our home is the product of Renee’s hard work. She’s recently started her own interior design business, which is perfectly aligned with her interests and passions. Before starting her own business, Renee was a pharmacist. Since we both worked in the medical field, you might assume that’s how we met. However, we ran in different social circles, and there’s a good chance we never would have crossed paths. Thank goodness for Match.com! On our first date, we got a drink together, “Every day, I am reminded how lucky I am to have such an amazing woman in my life.” Why I Proposed in the Dark SOMEONE TO LAUGH WITH
and everything was like magic. We laughed and enjoyed a great conversation. There was nothing complicated about it. Within the year, I knew Renee was the woman I would marry. I was so certain, I even proposed exactly one year after our first date. I told Renee the evening would be a sort of deja vu of our first date. In reality, I planned on surprising her by going to a fancy restaurant for dinner. Then, we would head back to my apartment, where we could go out on the 10th floor balcony that overlooked the river. At sunset, I would propose. As it turns out, I’m not that sneaky, and Renee suspected there would be a proposal that evening. Wanting to look her best, Renee went and got her hair and makeup professionally done. As I have learned, this sort of thing can take longer than originally planned, and in this case, Renee’s appointment ran over two hours. We made it to dinner at the restaurant just fine, but by the time we reached the balcony, it was long after sunset. I ended up proposing in the pitch black. But she said yes, and that’s the important part! Every day, I am reminded how lucky I am to have such an amazing woman in my life. This Valentine’s Day, Renee and I have another reason to celebrate our relationship with the birth of our daughter, Audrey. We’ve entered a new chapter in our relationship, and I couldn’t be more excited!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
–Dr. Seth Evans
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