One Proposal Deserves Another7 September 2013
All the men in Tom’s family had to chase down the women they married. Tom was no exception. He had known Genny since childhood in St. Louis. They lived a stone’s throw from each other. When he fell for her, he fell head over heels. But she was nowhere to be seen: off in London, New York, Cambodia. Tom began the chase.
When the time came, Tom knew his proposal was going to be no piece of cake. Genny’s own father had warned him. “She’s not going to give you an answer, Tom.” Nevertheless, down on one knee, Tom gave it his very best try. “I’m going to think about this,” Genny told him, “and give you my answer on my birthday.” That was four months away!
Tom, an acclaimed restaurateur, was disappointed but hardly discouraged. Then, just two days later, Genny, a gifted museum curator, suddenly floored Tom with her own proposal. “Tom, will you marry me?” she asked with a touch of impertinence.
“I’ll need some time to think about it,” he blurted out. But, of course, this romance was not to be denied. Genny had traveled the world only to find true love right in her backyard. Tom had learned that patience can be an irresistible virtue for a man in love.