Pensacola Beach, Florida has so much meaning to me. My husband’s grandmother lives in Pensacola and we visited her quite often in the first few years of our relationship. I told Eric this is the place I truly fell in love with him.
After graduating from college Eric and I took a little road trip to Nashville to visit friends and then went on to Pensacola to visit his grandmother. My husband is an antsy person. He has a hard time keeping secrets (which is one of the things I love about him). So of course I thought when he was going to proposed it would be written all over his face. Shockingly I was wrong and I didn’t see it coming. We had a lovely lunch that day in Pensacola. We did some shopping and then headed to the beach. I sent a picture of the sunny beach to my family with the caption ‘ Wish you were here!’. My Dad responded with ‘You have no idea how much I wish I was there’. Thought it was a bit odd but maybe he was having an off day and needed some sunny weather! Finally at the beach, I laid out my towel and got my suntan on! Eric said he was going to go check the water. About 10-15 minutes later he was calling for me to come over and check out the water with him. I was just starting to relax and get comfy and he wants me to get up and check out the cold water? I told him ‘ No, I’m good here’. Then he said ‘Babe you have to come check out the water, it’s amazing!’ I get up in a huff thinking I’m not getting in that water, when I see it, the words ‘ Will You Marry Me?’ written in the sand. I began hysterically crying and asking if he was joking. He said no he was serious and wanted to marry me. I couldn’t believe Eric was proposing to me on the beach where we feel in love. Of course we started calling people immediately, some two at a time, to tell them the great news! Then I realized why my Dad said ‘You have no idea how much I wish I was there’. Eric said just a few days earlier at my graduation he asked for my Dad’s permission, which I told him was important to me. We went to our favorite restaurant Hemingway’s that night with a few of his family members to celebrate.
I was in shock for the next several weeks that this was happening. 2 months later we were going to Disney and I thought if he was going to propose it would probably happen there so I was completely thrown off by this way, but it made it 100 times more special in Pensacola.
During these snowy days I am dreaming of a sand filled beach with warm weather and a fruity cocktail in hand. I am excited that we have plans to return to Pensacola this year! I can taste the Bushwacker already!
Hindsight is on tonight at 10! Get your 90’s on!