Sunday, February 15, 2009

"As you wish......"

(A Valentine's Ode to Phill)

When Phill and I first started dating, we watched The Princess Bride about six times before we did anything terribly original for a date. That was fine with us!

But Phill is quite brilliant and creative--and romantic--when it comes to dates. And surprises. And I happen to love surprises, and I love the anticipation that goes along with a good secret gift. So Phill is good about driving me crazy with wondering before he finally presents the gift--which is always something well-thought-out and personal.

Our first official date, my 18th birthday, was definitely memorable. In the military, you are given orders (kind of an itinerary) for various training exercises or classes or moving or deploying. So he gave my dad orders for our date--complete with these phrases: "Please DO NOT let the innocent child-like charms of Rachel get these plans from you, as it might compromise the rest of the agents I have in the field. Just tell her to be ready to go by 4:00p.m., nothing further...Feel free to tell Rachel that you know the exact plans of today, then tell her nothing, as to frustrate her. (She says you're good at frustrating her, so do your best.) "

Are you smiling as hugely as I am? Well, listen to the actual Agenda: "The date will start at 4:00p.m. when I come to get Rachel. Then rules and guidelines from parents will be received. Next, 4:30, we will depart to our destination (Forsyth Park, Savannah, or alternate location stated by parents). Depending on destination, arrive at 5:45; have a little picnic dinner prepared by Phill DeVault. Not responsible for sickness from food. Also some attempted serenading (stressing attempting). Picnic will last one hour. 7:00p.m. After picnic we will walk along River Street and look at shops and take goofy pictures that will be laughed at, at a later date. This may take up to 2 and 1/2 hours, or not--maybe 45 minutes, who knows? The rest of the remaining time will be spent trying to remember where we parked, and getting home by 11:00p.m. or earlier."

I do have a picture that you can laugh at, but my scanner is being stubborn at the moment. point is that I love the way Phill treats me. Most of all, I love the way he treats me each day, not just the surprises and dates here and there.

Living with Phill is romance in itself. There is romance to being taken care of, romance in a man who will do dishes and change diapers and cook dinner and tell me to sleep some more when a child wakes in the middle of the night. I think it's romantic that I can tell Phill anything, share anything with him, and expect to be valued and loved in return--every time. There is romance in laughter, romance in respect, and romance in safety.

As you wish, Phill.


MAG said...

Awww, that was so-so sweet and so true. I love Will for many of the same reasons. And I love Princess Bride, especially that "as you wish" line.

Happy Valentines Day!

Waynsh said...

Beautiful Rachel. Truly. Two people couldn't deserve love more.

Kate said...

I love it. It is so true. I also love the "As you wish". We are so lucky to have men that treat us great every day. Have a great week.

Bridget said...

Oh my gosh! Your husband is so creative! I loved reading this post! You are truly blessed to have Phill as a life partner!

Anonymous said...

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Kelly said...

You couldn't have said it any better! I feel the same way when Don spends time with the kids. Playing Chutes & Ladders doesn't sound romantic, but it is the best way to describe it.

Suzanne said...

Oh how sweet!!! I am the exact opposite, I don't like surprises.
We married some great men!!!!

Qait said...

Warm fuzzies. :)
We have good men! I love you, and I love Phill.
Happy Valentine's day! Week! Whatever!

Andrea said...

So sweet.

Love the new pictures of you on here.