It’s going to sound cliche but I fell in love with a boy on Love Day.
I was working at the hospital when I got the page that Liv was in Labor and Delivery. Of course, being a trauma surgeon doesn’t leave much time to sneak away. She called on Love Day and invited Xander, Adam, and I over to meet the newest Hanks-Hepworth baby.
Could Bug look any more like her daddy? She was settling in nicely with being a big sister…mostly.
Liv positively glowed with her son in her arms. Suddenly I realized we were adults and that was super weird.
I could handle being an adult if it meant hanging out with this booger.
Pickle is so mellow. Bug is a but high maintenance which I’m sure she gets from her Momma. Pickle just goes with the flow. Xander wasn’t terribly into snuggling babies.
Bug was a little jealous that Aunt PP was spending so much time with Pickle.
She knows she’s always going to be my homegirl. You can see it when she looks at me. I wonder if my own kids will love me that much… I’m not going there.
Xander did more manly things. He played with the dog and grilled with Mike and Adam. I have no idea why he refused to play with Pickle. He’s great with Bug.
Liv and I did girly things. We took silly photos and played with babies.
“Um…how did you manage to have such cute kids, Liv? Mike’s genes? You best be careful or I might steal them one day!”
“Any time you want them you can have them! Maybe then I’ll get some sleep! And…it was my genes that made them cute. Jeez.”
“So…I was thinking I’d ask Penny to marry me tonight. We’re going to the beach at sunset and I think that’s the place.”
“It’s your business, dude, but I don’t think Penny will go for that kind of deal…I’ve known her since high school and I think that’s a little too sentimental for her.”
“No, no. She’s changed. Mellowed, you know. I think it’s perfect. Love Day, Sunset, Beach…perfect.”
“Whatever works for you, man. She’s just my wife’s sister. That kind of thing Liv would go for…Penny though? I don’t know, man. Good luck. You better head out. It’s already 4 o’clock.”
Xander and I headed to the beach while Adam took Rory out for dinner and dancing. Lucky girl that one.
“So, are you going to propose now?”
“Pfft. Whatever gave you that idea?”
“Oh you know…sunset at the beach on Love Day? It’s so damn cliche. It seemed like a proposal set up.”
“I can see how you would think that. No, I just thought it was a nice thing to do on Love Day. Christ you think I’d actually want to do something that dumb? I know you better than that!”
We sat in silence and headed home shortly after sunset.
“Why don’t we head into the bedroom for a spin? Or perhaps that’s too cliche for you, Penelope?”
“Shut up and get moving…Sweetie.”
After our fun we snuggled in bed for a bit.
“You know, you could ask me to marry you tomorrow. At the beach around sunset if you wanted. It’s just too sticky sweet to do it on Love Day.”
“Ha! I haven’t even bought you a ring yet. But yeah, Love Day? Too cliche. Let’s turn in. Love you.”
And we faded off to sleep.