You tell me you're the lucky oneDAYTON, Ohio -- It was 11 years ago on this date that I first told Jennie Doddy that I loved her. While some may consider this insignificant, we don't. What began on Valentine's Day 1993 had grown into true love, and I wanted the moment that I confessed it to her to be a memorable one.
But I see things differently
And I have just begun to show you that you mean
Everything to me
I still feel the need to
Love a little stronger, dig a little deeper
Go a little farther, anything to please
Tonight I'm gunna start all over
Show you girl what's in my heart
Ooh, Ooh, Ooh, gunna love a little stronger
"Love a Little Stronger" (second verse and chorus) by Diamond Rio, via AskLyrics.com
Every Memorial Day weekend in Cincinnati, Ohio, where we lived, there is a festival called "A Taste of Cincinnati," in which downtown streets are closed, and they are taken over by vendors and various musical acts.
My best friend, Praveen Cherian, and I had set up the double date. Sometime during that date I would walk Jennie across the Roebling Suspension Bridge, which is romantically lit up at night, to the middle. As we would look out over the Ohio River, I would profess my love to her.
Unfortunately, it began to thunderstorm, and we all decided to go to a movie instead. I needed to get some money, so while the other couple waited at a Hardee's, Jennie and I walked to the bank ATM.
And it was THERE, ladies and gentlemen, underneath the shelter of the bank's ATM machine, that I said to Jennie
You know, I really love how our relationship is going right now. And I love you, too.Jennie was so excited to have finally heard me say those important three words. She echoed my sentiments.
Arm in arm, we walked to the grocery store, and I bought her a rose. By the time we returned to the Hardee's, we were all ready for the date to be over anyway.
Eleven years later I must say that my love for her has grown stronger and deeper. I've made her my wife, and we have a lovely daughter. You could say that I'm just as sappy as ever.