THE NARRATIVE ARC

A Handsome Young Man and An Unexpected Proposal

My wife didn’t seem to mind

Kim Kelly Stamp
The Narrative Arc
Published in
5 min readJun 21, 2024

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Two hands clasped, one with an engagement ring, and a blurred walkway in the background
Photo by Paul García on Unsplash

When I saw my handsome lunch date drop to his knees, a slight blush of red on his soft cheeks, I wasn’t sure what was happening. I met his bright blue eyes, staring intently into my own, and cocked my head to the side. Before I could ask what he was doing, he said something I didn’t see coming.

“Will you marry me?”

He smiled expectantly, and my heart swelled with love for the handsome young man who stole my heart when I met him four years ago. Before I answered, I thought about my wife and wondered how she’d react to this unexpected proposal.

Our lunch date began with great excitement when he arrived at our new apartment, ready for some quality time together. After a quick tour of our place, we headed outside for a short walk to The Briggs Taphouse for some artisanal pizza.

The nearby restaurant is my new favorite spot and is conveniently located across the street from our 55+ apartment community. It has a Pacific Northwest vibe that features a mural of Sasquatch hiking among tall fir trees, an outdoor dog-friendly beer garden, and a house-made gluten-free sourdough crust, which makes my heart exceedingly happy.

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Kim Kelly Stamp
The Narrative Arc

Writer. Publisher. Editor. Essayist. Espresso Enthusiast. LGBTQ+. PNW Native. Traveler. Gigi Extraordinaire. Pieces in: NYT, HuffPost, Next Avenue & elsewhere.