The Kiss of a Lifetime

The Kiss of a Lifetime


I guess I should have written this post first.

Before I wrote about Lee Press-On Nails and over-cooked pancakes and a little band called Rush and singing your heart.

Maybe I waited until now…..

…..because this is my favorite chapter.

And after all these years…..when I think about it…..when I try to write this….I get goosebumps.

Good goosebumps.

Wonderful goosebumps.

The kind of goosebumps that make me want to pinch myself and count my blessings and dance the Macarena and sing the Hallelujah Chorus on my tiptoes from the balcony of the Empire State Building.

This is where it all started.

This is the beginning.

Spring Flowers


It was our first date.

I greeted him at the front door with red lipstick, an add-a-bead necklace, 4″ high bangs sprayed with Aqua Net hairspray, a prairie skirt and a sweater vest covered in bows.

I think I might have even had on high-heeled shoes and socks with my name written on them with paint pen.

At the risk of stating the obvious……I looked amazing.


He wasn’t a big talker.

A man of very few words.

Maybe he was shy.

Maybe he was nervous.

Maybe he was intimidated by the socks.

I didn’t care.

He was cute with these dimples and brown wavy hair and big brown eyes that kind of looked like Johnny Depp and he had his own car…..all the really important things in life.

And besides…..I thought…..I’m a talker……

……I could talk enough for both of us.




We went to church and then we drove around looking at Christmas lights.

And as we drove….I talked.   And talked.   And talked.

I told him how cute the animated Santa Claus were with their lighted banjos….dancing next to the seven dwarfs.

He said nothing.

I exclaimed with enthusiastic joy over the teddy bears sitting in the train and how cute that Kermit the Frog was the conductor.

He said nothing.

I mentioned that it was amazing that a single yard could hold…….a merry-go-round, a nativity, Rudolph the Red-nosed reindeer and a giant 7-foot Barney….all at the same time.

He said nothing.

I laughed and talked and sang every Christmas carol I knew and took my mittens on and off and nervously stared out the window and kept up a one-way conversation for the entire drive while he sat stoically in the driver’s seat….. 

…..saying absolutely positively nothing.

I was done.

I thought he didn’t like me.

I thought I bored him.

I thought to myself despairingly…..will this date ever be over?

Love Story


And when we pulled up to my parents house….I couldn’t get out of the car fast enough.  I hurriedly mumbled something about what a great time that I had and turned to leave.  And just as I started to open the door….he reached for my hand.

I stopped and stared at him.

And he stared at me.

It was completely quiet in the car.  No one said a word.

And then….in the quietest of voices….he whispered, “What if I kissed you?”

And he didn’t wait for an answer.

Right there….sitting in a car in front of my parent’s house….wearing red lipstick and a prairie skirt and a sweater vest with bows…..

….I got the kiss of a lifetime.


I never looked back.

And even now…..after all these years….he can look at me from across the room with those twinkling eyes and smiling dimples…..with that look that is just for me…..and I still get goosebumps.

And then I count my blessings….that this sweet, wonderful, incredible, brown-eyed man…..

……finally found his voice. 🙂

PS  I read this post to my husband and he informed me that he didn’t really talk because I neglected to bring up something really interesting….like “the unsolved mystery of Bigfoot.”

Of course.


Why didn’t I think of that? 🙂

Happy Valentine’s Day.

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  1. great story! I love your style, girl!!

  2. KariAnne,
    You crack me up girlie. I laughed so hard at the “I looked amazing part” after you so beautifully described it. Too funny.
    Happy Valentines Day to you!

  3. I’m sitting here in my PJs with tears in my eyes. That was so sweet! And then the Bigfoot part made me giggle because my hubby loves all things Bigfoot! Thanks for what you do!

  4. What a “SWEET” story, <3, it was like watching a romantic movie… it brought tears to my eyes! ;''))

  5. I am surprised he didn’t get stuck to you aqua net hair sprayed bangs when he kissed you…or is that another story? Happy Day My Friend!

  6. Best ever story!! Happy Valentine’s Day! Kiss your dear husband for us all!

  7. Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories. I will cherish your sweet story. Happy Valentines Day!

  8. Perfectly charming!

  9. Thanks for sharing your romantic sweet story! I could just imagine the whole scenario in my head, with you wondering what to say. What is it though with the Big Foot answer???? My husband is about the whole thing also??????? Makes me crack up! Happy Valentine’s Day to You!

  10. YOu should write a book… how darling… and romantic… and unexpected… and sentimental… and all the things first love is. KariAnn, you are a very blessed woman that you still get goosebumps. I do too!
    Happy Valentines Day, my friend!
    hugs to you!

  11. Oh my gosh. I laughed. I cried. I swooned. and wait… you like to TALK? Hmmm. (Thank goodness! Otherwise, how would we have “heard” all of these wonderful stories!!!) =D Hugs to you dear Friend. ~Sal

  12. Loved the story Kari…as always, I love your “heartwarming” stories. Today i wrote my “43rd” Valentine’s card to my hubby…and look forward to writing 43 more!…Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your family!!!…

  13. What a sweet story!

    Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweetheart!

  14. Your story gives me shivers! Lovely.

  15. Love your stories and this one did not disappoint!

  16. Don’t you always wonder just what’s going through their head while your talking? Well I guess you found out. Congrats to you both for a romance well-lived. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. Happy Valentine’s Day to a sweetheart- precious memories!

  18. how beautifully sentimental. reminded me of my first date with my husband. i was home after dinner by 7pm. my mom asked if i thought he liked me. i said he must bcause he kissed me with…his tongue!

  19. What a clever Valentines post!

  20. Oh my goodness, this brings back memories!!! Thank you for sharing this wonderful, sweet story!!! It so remended me of us. Your hubby is a lucky man to have found his voice….and YOU!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  21. Too sweet! I love storybook beginnings! =) Happy Valentine’s Day!

  22. What a wonderful story for Valentine’s Day!

  23. Such a fabulous love story! Who knew you captured his heart without once bringing up the mysteries of bigfoot. And how perfect that date day lands on Valentine’s Day! Have a great one, my friend.

    🙂 Linda

  24. wow…..I got goosebumps reading it! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  25. Oh my goodness, you never fail to crack me up!! I so love reading your blog. Thanks for the endorphin rush this morning!

  26. I agree with the idea of a book! You are a great storyteller, why not a book! I love your stories about you and your husband. Let’s see a picture of Mr. Wood! Lovely love story.

  27. Oh my goodness! What a Valentine gift to your husband! AND to us! Thank you for being you!

  28. This story makes my heart sing!

  29. Too darned sweet!

  30. Bigfoot is a rather engaging topic. But I wonder if he was just messing with you to see how you’d handle thing if he were quiet. My husband is devious like that. But 18 yrs with him have made me wise to his little games. Not that I ever stop talking….

  31. A sweet post. So nice to be in love after all these years. I’m still in love after 20 years…..and he’ll get his “Gone Squatchin” Bigfoot t-shirt tonight! No. Really, it’s waiting for him over there in that cute Valentine bag!

  32. Aw!!! So super sweet! I was smiling the whole time I was reading it. 🙂 Happy Valentine’s Day lovebirds!!

  33. Ryoma Sakamoto.Japan :

    Japanese Valentine gift, chocolate is the NO.1.
    I am the eldest daughter of a gift set of chocolate and tobacco.
    In junior high school and high school, she studied in the United States.
    It is a great setting.
    I am forever grateful.

  34. Love this post KariAnne – it brought tears to my eyes! What a beautiful story! How fortunate that you found your soul mate – your ‘forever’! I too was lucky enough to find an incredible brown-eyed man with a laugh that fills up a room! Aren’t we so so fortunate to not only find ‘the one’ but also to have a family with our one and only! Oh yes…is it ‘BigFoot’ or ‘Yeti’???????? I bet your husband knows!! 😉 haha!!!

  35. love this, what a sweet story!

  36. My tall dark and silent has blue eyes — and it turns out he talks, after all. It just depends. How blessed are we… 🙂

  37. I couldn’t stop smiling as I read this! I bet you did look amazing…must have been that red lipstick! I think it’s wonderful that you still get goosebumps…me too…and it’s been 39 years! Have a wonderful day, Karianne! 😉

  38. I can just picture you, that skirt, sweater, the bangs…you are a grand story teller! You have to preserve this one, in a special little journal for your children to read someday. They will cherish it!!! Mr. C often tells our girls of my many sweaters(he called them “Little Bo- Peep fashions”) from back in the day, the big bows I wore on my spiral permed, pony-tail and 4 inch high bangs. 😀

  39. what a LOVELY story!! thanks for sharing it! (I’d love to hear your husband retell the story from his point of view!) happy valentine’s day!

  40. Beautiful and lovely…and all things wonderful! They say that still waters run deep. Of course….Big Foot. lol! (btw: I am married to a quiet man….who thinks that the X-Files are “out of this world.” (hee hee!) I feel your pain. 😉 Have a wonderful day! k.

  41. Now I have goose bumps after reading such a sweet heartwarming story. Thanks for sharing.

    Happy Valentines Day!

  42. I love this story! My husband is the silent one, and I am the chatty kathy 😉 I wrote my version of what Valentine’s Day means to me- I’d love if you read it!

  43. It would help if I gave the correct blog address!

  44. I am a “talker” also and my husband is the quiet one. One day I decided to give my husband a break from my talking. After a long silence he asked me if something was wrong.
    He told me he loves when I talk!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!
    Thanks for the lovely story.

  45. Ahhh….how sweet!!! I thought you were going to say that he said he didnt say anything because he couldnt get a word in edgewise! 🙂 I love your words!! Thought of you the other day when I found some almost- as-cute- as-your- birds (from your mantle post). Michaels has some adorable ones right now. Of course I had to get a few. Happy Valentines Day sweet friend!!

  46. Julie G. from Iowa :

    “At the risk of stating the obvious……I looked amazing.”
    I laughed at that – not at you of course – but because your description was so detailed, and I know I’ve worn something quite similar in the past.

    And I looked amazing too.


    Such a sweet story. Your husband sounds very much like mine. They both subscribe to the “less is more” theory of conversation.
    Share a photo of you and your man. We’d love to see such a sweet and happy couple. 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  47. Yep. It’s hard to get a kiss in with girls like us who never stop talking. My hubby had the same problem. LOL!

  48. Awwww, what a precious story! You crack me up though! Happy Valentine’s Day to a wonderful bloggy friend!

  49. I had to read your post as soon as I went on Blogger Dashboard, I couldn’t wait till it was your turn. I’m glad I didn’t wait either. This post was so cute. I could just envision you on that first date looking…… Amazing ? I often wonder if my husband is so quiet because he just can’t get a word in. I think a book is in the making here. Your posts would brighten any day!! Happy <3 day Kari

  50. What a wonderfully romantic story! Love it!

    It just so happens my Dean kissed me on our first date too.


  51. I smiled and smiled until I got to the Bigfoot part when a burst of laughter escaped. Sweet and funny. Lovely story.

  52. You have such a gift of words…amazing you are! Have you ever thought of taking your “life story” on the road!? thank you for sharing your life with the rest of us!!! Happy Valentine’s Day…..

  53. Such a sweet story. Just saw on TLC that Layla called you her friend, and that spoon thing was so cute! I loved it. So happy for you and the success of your blog. Hope you have a great V-day! BTW are you planning to go to Haven again this year?

  54. Precious! Absolutely precious!

    Happy Valentine’s Day!

    Jan ♥

  55. So sweet..Happy Valentines Day…

  56. Thank you for sharing your love story. Reading this also gave me goosebumps!

  57. Wonderful…the perfect story for Valentine’s Day.

  58. I teared up a little in that girly, anticipating the big moment of the story, way…Happy Valentine’s day to you and your hubs =)

  59. I love this story. If a Johnny Depp look-a-like came to my door, I wouldn’t care if he talked or not. Awesome story.

  60. You are blessed and this brought a tear to my eye. I am so glad that you found the one that only has eyes for you- Happy Valentine’s Day- xo Diana

  61. An age old love story…… comes in many different versions but they all have the same ending – “happily ever after!” Don’t you just love them all?

  62. Hi ,
    Thanks once again for the memories…for the ones you share with us, and for the ones you cause us to remember from our own lives.
    Us “talkers” need these sweet silent types, mine has blue eyes. I hope that you two enjoy many more days of these happy memories. The first time I gave my Sweetie a valentine card was in 1972…we were Sophmores in high school. And if you think you looked AMAZING in your little prairie skirt, and no doubt you did, you should have seen my look. Nothing can compare to the little Catholic Girl High School Uniform Look I had going on. Come on, saddle shoes, white knee socks, grey flannel jumper over a white blouse with a “peter pan” collar. Let me tell you that was the look. The look that all 500 and some of my fellow classmates were wearing, but HE only saw me. Outside the cafeteria where the boys who went to our “brother” school got to come in and mingle with us. Yea, those were the days….
    Wishing you and yours a lovely Valentine’s Day full of many more memories.

  63. Such a sweet story! I just knew you were going to say he didn’t say much because he couldn’t get a word in edgewise! 😉 My valentine wasn’t my valentine in high school, but soon after – I mean, he, a SENIOR, wouldn’t want to be caught dating a FRESHMAN, would he? 😉 He did let me cut in front of him in the lunch line, though . . . 🙂

    Happy Valentine’s Day, sweet lady!

  64. i know just how you feel, each time i look at my cutest hubby. we are lucky.

  65. Beautiful story. Beautifully told. As always. My husband ended up on a blind date after being set up by a mutual friend. Most of our date was spent with me talking and peppering him with personal questions, then apologizing for being too nosy. He was quiet, too. We went out to eat. He ate ribs and then hid the napkin because he thought if I saw it, I’d think he was too messy. It took years before he admitted what he had done with it. After dinner, we walked down to the river. I thought he took me down there to kiss me. He was shy. He wasn’t saying much. It was freezing. I had given up on the kiss, and told him I wanted to leave because it was too cold. But then he pulled me in and kissed me. At that moment I knew he was the only one. He told me later that he knew if he hadn’t kissed me then the moment would have been lost forever. He was right. Twelve years later he is still my best friend, soulmate and love of my life. We are blessed.

  66. Well, this is just as sweet as anything can be!!! What a lucky girl you are.

  67. Well at least you can add Big Foot to your daughter’s repertoire for conversation when they start dating! So, I’m having a bit of a problem with the prairie skirt, heals, and socks thing….. 🙂

  68. This is one of my favorite posts of yours. And this: “At the risk of stating the obvious……I looked amazing” <—- THAT. My favorite line, ever.

  69. such a sweet story! I have a cute ‘first kiss’ story as well, also about my shy, quiet, sensitive guy. Aren’t those ones the best, though =)

  70. LOL

    Happy V day !!! I hope you get another smooch tonight !!!

    Rock star……..

    Kathy 🙂

  71. That was the cutest stinking thing ever! I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s day!

  72. Loved it! You have to gather all your special stories and put them in a book or a movie. Really. Felt like I was there witnessing the whole thing.

  73. So Sweet! I cried a little mostly because my adorable brown eyed husband is nice enough to let me do all of the talking too!
    Happy Valentines Day!!…to you both.

    Ashley Rane

  74. What a sweet love story.

  75. For me, it was my husband smile that won me over and normally, I’m pretty shy, but could talk to him about anything. I must have won him over too because he proposed on the second date and we were married two weeks later! That’s almost 45 years ago and his smile still lights up my day! Happy Valentine’s Day, XOXO

  76. Good thing you didn’t bring up Big-foot or he might have forgotten to ask you about that kiss…

    Then you might still be wandering around aimlessly, prairie skirt blowing in the wind!

  77. Loved it.
    Happy Valentine’s.

  78. tears and a massive smile… remembering two other very young kids and their first date… romance and love – it’s all about the two of you.

  79. Yeah what a bloody great story……………………………

  80. OMG! At the risk of sounding obvious, you are amazing!

  81. You truly found your soul mate! Isn’t it wonderful to have a smile that is all your own! Thanks for the laughs tonight…brings back some wonderful memories, 37 years worth for us!
    Happy Valentines Day!

  82. le sigh ….. sweet : )

  83. Wow girl, you racked up the comments with that one.
    Great story. I can see you in those socks. Sure there was a bow behind those bangs somewhere. Maybe even some lace gloves with the fingers cut off?
    And what’s with the guys and Big Foot? My husband even has my son on the kick now. He even reads BIGFOOT BLOGS! Don’t get it, never will. But I listen (or pretend to) all the while looking fabulous…sans aqua net.

  84. What a perfect post for Valentine’s Day, and what a sweet story. Mine is the opposite, he did most of the talking, and still does. Good thing I like to listen 😉


  85. I love it, I think it was the socks that won him over!
    My husband is the talker, I just get to soak it all up ,
    I love how it is the little things that reach us and get a hold on our heart. My husband ( in our beginning) wrote me a letter saying he would wait for me just Jacob waited for Rachel. Ding! Ding! He won my heart then and there. Sigh….

  86. Love to read your stories – they are one my favorite parts of my day (seriously). I have such a similar story with my husband and like you even to this day, when he looks at me like that I melt. LOVE IT!


  87. What a wonderful story!!! Sweet, funny and inspiring! Once again a great read! Thanks! And I hope you two had a wonderful Valentine’s Day!

  88. I feel very lucky to say that I got to hear this story the first time sitting with both of you at dinner, but I still love it just as much the second time!

  89. Kerrianne – have you ever considered writing a book? You should! You are THE BEST story teller I know!!! I felt like I was sitting there in the car with you two (like a third-wheel) listening to you gabber on while your future hubby took it all in and embraced it. 🙂 I loved hearing about your first kiss! What a darling story!!!!!

    xoxo laurie

  90. Please tell me you SAVED THE SOCKS as a momento of the evening?! I still have my first date sweater…but of course, it’s too small on me 🙂

  91. That was one of the sweetest stories I have ever read. I need to put mine on of how my husband and I met. You have inspired me do so.

  92. I know I’m very late to this party, but I was reading another post of yours and got sidetracked to this — maybe I’m a Venn Diagram, too! You really should put all of your stories into a book, and I want the first autographed copy! This was just adorable!

    Now, I have to track back to where I first saw this and finish reading the post I started with…!

  93. I remember this fabulous couple when they lived in Chula Vista, Ca. I am still impressed with the love they show in those twinkling eyes…..