I Love Lovie

me and my lovely girlfriend, Lovie, 2005.

Many of you may be surprised to learn that Lovie and I have known each other since the Carter administration. We went to school together from 1980 until 1987 when Lovie, a year ahead of me, graduated and went off to college. For the better part of those seven years, I had a crush on her. But I also considered her to be out of my league, so during our school days, I remained nothing more than a distant and respectful admirer.

Me and Lovie on her 40th

In 1988, it was my turn to graduate. I went to college at Vanderbilt, then, after earning my degree, I moved to Seattle to begin a ten-year career in the world of finance. Aside from a wedding we both attended in Telluride, Lovie and I would not spend any significant time together for nearly seventeen years. When our paths finally crossed again, Lovie was a single mom going through the final stages of a divorce, and I was a single moron, carrying on a dysfunctional relationship with someone ten years my junior.

I fell for Lovie almost immediately. Two years later, we were married.

With Valentine’s Day mere hours away, I’m giving Lovie a special shout-out by posting a poem I wrote for her, a poem that I read to her on March 3, 2006–a poem that served as my proposal to her.

Thank God she said yes. Why? Because I love Lovie. And here’s what I read to her on that cold night nearly four years ago to prove it…

*  *  *

this life of mine has taken turns and proved to have its spots
where things got tough and beat me up and left me with some thoughts.
like could i ever hope to find a more fulfilling place?
upon my quest, i prayed for strength, but all i lacked was faith.

but not the faith i have in God–His grace provides me that.
but faith that love like yours exists was something that i lacked.
eventually i told myself to thank my lucky stars
though deep inside, my soul believed no love would fill my heart.

and then you finally crossed my path as pretty as the days
of saddle oxfords, pleaded skirts, and all your high-school ways.
at first i held my guard up high to keep my heart on track.
because you seemed too good to me to ever love me back.

but now it’s finally safe to say my skeptic thoughts were wrong.
your love has come into my heart to sing the sweetest song.
because i thought i’d never find a girl as pure as you,
it’s time for you to hear the things i promise God i’ll do.

i promise God to hold you dear and keep you safe and sound,
to love both you and pookie, too, like nothing else around.
to put you two where you belong, the center of my life.
to make you live inside my heart as daughter and as wife.

to signify this vow i’ll make, i ask you now to have
this special, priceless, brilliant ring  your mom got from your dad.
i’ll love you true, and promise you the pain is all behind.
so marry me, my baby, please, my lovie, caroline.

jco
03.03.06
cfo

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About john cave osborne

John Cave Osborne is a writer whose work has appeared on such sites as DisneyBaby, Babble, YahooShine, TLC and the Huffington Post. He was also referenced by Jezebel one time, but he’s pretty sure they were making fun of him. He and his wife, Caroline, live with their five children and spastic dog in Knoxville, TN. Nothing annoys him more than joke-heavy bios written in the third person, with the possible exception of Corey Feldman.

  • SarahJaneML

    How sweet!! Thanks for sharing the wonderful poem! Happy Valentine’s Day!! :)

  • SarahJaneML

    How sweet!! Thanks for sharing the wonderful poem! Happy Valentine’s Day!! :)

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen @ buried with children

    that is just the sweetest thing. thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.buriedwithchildren.com Jen @ buried with children

    that is just the sweetest thing. thank you for sharing.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    That was a beautiful poem, very touching. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://surprisedmom.blogspot.com SurprisedMom

    That was a beautiful poem, very touching. Thank you for sharing.

  • http://shatteredprose.blogspot.com/ Indigo

    Beautiful poetry from the heart dear friend. Seems like we both thought to remember our significant other before Valentine’s Day. Although mine wasn’t near as poetic.

    Thinking of you and yours and wanted to wish you a loved filled day! (Hugs)Indigo

  • http://shatteredprose.blogspot.com/ Indigo

    Beautiful poetry from the heart dear friend. Seems like we both thought to remember our significant other before Valentine’s Day. Although mine wasn’t near as poetic.

    Thinking of you and yours and wanted to wish you a loved filled day! (Hugs)Indigo

  • http://mothereseblog.com Kristen @ Motherese

    I love the star-crossed story of your relationship. Thank you for sharing this sweet piece of your history with us. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

  • http://mothereseblog.com Kristen @ Motherese

    I love the star-crossed story of your relationship. Thank you for sharing this sweet piece of your history with us. Happy Valentine’s Day to you both!

  • http://joyco.wordpress.com joyco

    Oh my, Lovie is a lucky lady! Poetry and a love letter of a post? My husband would never dream to do something like that! Jealous over here. Happy V-day to y’all!

  • http://joyco.wordpress.com joyco

    Oh my, Lovie is a lucky lady! Poetry and a love letter of a post? My husband would never dream to do something like that! Jealous over here. Happy V-day to y’all!

  • Hillary Hall

    ok…this is the sweetest thing I have ever seen..and the photo of both of you is really nice…Happy Valentines Day!

  • Hillary Hall

    ok…this is the sweetest thing I have ever seen..and the photo of both of you is really nice…Happy Valentines Day!

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Precious, and beautiful, and amazing.

    You are both so lucky to have each other. Your happiness makes me happy. :)

    Keep on keepin’ on, lovebirds!

  • http://www.tempestbeauty.com Mandy

    Precious, and beautiful, and amazing.

    You are both so lucky to have each other. Your happiness makes me happy. :)

    Keep on keepin’ on, lovebirds!

  • http://www.louispartyof5.blogspot.com Kim

    Love it. So happy for your family. Wishing you a very precious Valentine’s Day with your wonderful family.

  • http://www.louispartyof5.blogspot.com Kim

    Love it. So happy for your family. Wishing you a very precious Valentine’s Day with your wonderful family.

  • Nicki

    Beautiful! You are both lucky to have found each other again.

  • Nicki

    Beautiful! You are both lucky to have found each other again.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Well done my friend. Chalk one up for the loving husbands out there.

  • http://liayf.blogspot.com Seattledad

    Well done my friend. Chalk one up for the loving husbands out there.

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com Melisa with one S

    LOVEly! So sweet.

  • http://thesuburbanscrawl.blogspot.com Melisa with one S

    LOVEly! So sweet.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Wow. Did you write that yourself or did ou hire Smallest Weasel as a consultant?
    Very Romantic.

  • http://worldofweasels.blogspot.com WeaselMomma

    Wow. Did you write that yourself or did ou hire Smallest Weasel as a consultant?
    Very Romantic.

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Hey now. Stop making the rest of us men look bad with these poems and stories of love and romance. 😉

    Good job, my friend. Hope you had a good day,

  • http://wwwjackbenimble.blogspot.com/ Jack

    Hey now. Stop making the rest of us men look bad with these poems and stories of love and romance. 😉

    Good job, my friend. Hope you had a good day,

  • lesleehorner

    So beautiful…thank you for sharing.

  • lesleehorner

    So beautiful…thank you for sharing.

  • http://www.realmendriveminivans.com PJ Mullen

    Very nice. I wrote a poem as a visual aid to help my stuttering self propose while we were on a trip to Savannah. I tried to resurrect my calligraphy skills, but I end up hiring someone else to turn it into a scroll for me.

  • http://www.realmendriveminivans.com PJ Mullen

    Very nice. I wrote a poem as a visual aid to help my stuttering self propose while we were on a trip to Savannah. I tried to resurrect my calligraphy skills, but I end up hiring someone else to turn it into a scroll for me.

  • http://pegbur7.wordpress.com pegbur7

    Just wanted to let you know I have an award for you over at my blog. https://pegbur7.wordpress.com over at Square Peg in a Round Hole. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for making me laugh!

  • http://pegbur7.wordpress.com pegbur7

    Just wanted to let you know I have an award for you over at my blog. https://pegbur7.wordpress.com over at Square Peg in a Round Hole. I really enjoy your blog. Thanks for making me laugh!

  • http://suzicate.wordpress.com suzicate

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • http://suzicate.wordpress.com suzicate

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com susy

    Awe!! What a lucky Lovie! And she’s gorgeous! Hope you two had an awesome Valentine’s!!

  • http://www.holymolytoledos.blogspot.com susy

    Awe!! What a lucky Lovie! And she’s gorgeous! Hope you two had an awesome Valentine’s!!

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Joe @ IrrationalDad

    “single moron” —- love it.

    Women really do make us better people. At least, I think so. Hope you two had a great Valentine’s Day together.

  • http://www.irrationaldad.com Joe @ IrrationalDad

    “single moron” —- love it.

    Women really do make us better people. At least, I think so. Hope you two had a great Valentine’s Day together.

  • http://Youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    What an awesome deeply thoughtful proposal poem for your Lovie. NOW I see why you liked my post. :-)

    Yes we will be a blended family on 10-10-10.

    He has two daughters ages 5 and 3 and I have my daughter who is 15yrs old. Our daughters are 10yrs and 10days apart. See the 10-10 :-)

    We are really looking forward to it. I am quite fond of those little girls as I know you know how that feels. Happy for you!

  • http://Youthinkyoucanblog.wordpress.com Angelia Sims

    What an awesome deeply thoughtful proposal poem for your Lovie. NOW I see why you liked my post. :-)

    Yes we will be a blended family on 10-10-10.

    He has two daughters ages 5 and 3 and I have my daughter who is 15yrs old. Our daughters are 10yrs and 10days apart. See the 10-10 :-)

    We are really looking forward to it. I am quite fond of those little girls as I know you know how that feels. Happy for you!

  • http://www.mostlygrocery.com Paul Wynn

    How sweet! So how’s the Pacific Northwest treating you nowadays?

  • http://www.mostlygrocery.com Paul Wynn

    How sweet! So how’s the Pacific Northwest treating you nowadays?

  • mama2point0

    So, so sweet! How could she NOT say yes to that?! You are such a beautiful couple & I’m so happy you found each other again after all that time!

    Nuckingfutsmama :-)

  • mama2point0

    So, so sweet! How could she NOT say yes to that?! You are such a beautiful couple & I’m so happy you found each other again after all that time!

    Nuckingfutsmama :-)

  • http://www.loulousviews.com Loukia

    You are the sweetest ever.

  • http://www.loulousviews.com Loukia

    You are the sweetest ever.

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