i think my face was frozen like that for days after my husband proposed.
For Your Listening Pleasure: Bashert by Jason Parker Quartet
(Note: Bashert is loosely translated as “meant to be” or “soulmate” in Yiddish.
Jason wrote this song for me only weeks after meeting me. He won MAJOR points for that!)
In January of 2008, Jason took me to San Francisco for the first time. On the drive from the Oakland airport to The City, we stopped at a toll booth on the Bay Bridge. Jason reached out to pay the toll and the man in the booth said, “Have you gotten her a ring yet?” He then asked to see our hands. I put my hand on top of Jason’s and there, on the Bay Bridge at 11:30 pm, the toll booth operator performed a ceremony, pronouncing that we were married. Seconds later, we drove away, giggling nervously and wondering if that conversation actually transpired.
Fast forward one year and Jason and I once again visited San Francisco. At 11:30 pm on January 14, 2009, as we pulled into the toll booth on the Bay Bridge, Jason asked “So what did that guy say last year?” To which I replied, “Have you gotten her a ring yet?” Seconds later, Jason said, “Do you think he meant something like this?” And a shiny box appeared.
Chaos ensued. Darrah started simultaneously crying and cackling. They pulled over, and with the bridge in the background, Jason asked Darrah to marry him.
Today, on January 14, 2010, we are travelling back to San Francisco as husband and wife. I can only imagine what will happen this time as we cross over the Bay Bridge. 🙂
I would be remiss if I didn’t send my thoughts out to the people of Haiti today. Seeing the images on television makes me want to hold tight to the ones I love. Our dear friend, David, whose mother and family live in Haiti, has been unable to get in touch with them. Feeling completely helpless here, he is travelling to Haiti today to try to find them and to lend a hand. In an effort to show his support, my husband is giving 100% of his CD sales through January 22 to Haiti Quake Relief. You can read more about David’s story and how you can purchase my husband’s music HERE. Every dollar will go directly to quake relief. Any donation amount is welcome. Of course, there are many ways to help. I hope you will consider showing your support in a way that feels comfortable to you.
Now, go and wrap your arms around your family and friends and tell them that you love them.