In The Bag February 2018

WICHITA’S HANGER

Love is in the Air! You never know when you’re going to fall in love. It’s one of those mysteries of life that can’t be predicted, and when it happens, it’s wonderful and surprising. Our story is like that. Aram and I were set up by mutual friends, and it took us a while to coordinate a date with two busy schedules. At that time, Aram was traveling a lot for work, and she was on the road almost every week. It was tough to fit dating into the mix. I consider myself a very lucky man that she made time for me one Sunday evening before getting on a plane for work the next day. During the date, the conversation flowed. You know how, once in a while, you meet someone, and the chemistry is just there? That was the case with us. From the beginning, Aram respected me enough to make it clear what she wanted from a romantic relationship. At one point during the dinner, Aram said, “I just want to throw this out on the table. If kids are not an option, I think this will probably be our last date.” I had two kids, but still, my first thought was, “Wow, this is moving fast.” Later, as I processed what she’d said, I realized Aram’s statement defined exactly what I was looking for in a romantic partner: someone who was honest enough to respect themselves and others. The more I thought about her, the more I appreciated her values and honesty. We were at Larkspur Restaurant that night, and as I think about it now, it was the beginning of something very special. Many wonderful dates later, Aram and I went on a trip to Mexico. We were on vacation, relaxing in a resort in Cabo San Lucas. I’d arranged for us to have a special dinner during one of our nights there. I asked that we both wear white for the special occasion. Our dinner was in a remote area of the bay, and we had to take a golf cart and walk through a rocky part of the beach to get to our secluded spot. When we arrived, we found a table set for two, and a musician played guitar nearby. Aram looked absolutely beautiful. I was so nervous that I knew I had to ask her to marry me before dinner. As the sun set over the bay, I knelt before Aram and opened the box, and there was the ring. Music played under a pink-orange sky as I proposed to her. It was a beautiful, memorable moment. We’ve gone back to that resort since and reflected on that unforgettable moment.

Feb. 2018

Fast forward to present day. Five years into our relationship, we have a 3-year-old, an 8-month-old, an 11-year old, and a puppy who make up our beautiful, unique family. Aram and I are so grateful to have found one another and to have a relationship built on trust and respect. We look forward to celebrating our story this Valentine’s Day.

Wishing you a happy day with your special someone,

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