Of First Dates and Frankensteinish Crabapple-Rose Bouquets

My sexy Piano Man and I went on another first date… and my hair could barely control its excitement… Either that, or the wind was feeling artful. Seriously, three minutes into the ferry ride from Manhattan to Staten Island, my hair looked like it had just exploded.

I pretended to be very vexed, and the wind behaved itself for about five seconds…

…but I made the mistake of grinning too soon…

…and my hair ka-BOOM-ed again.

Our yearly date went as usual—we shared a ricotta pizza (mushrooms, olives, green peppers) at the place we had our 1st first date, and followed the cheesy yumminess with homemade ice cream. After that, we headed towards Silver Lake, the spot where my Piano Man and I proposed to each other and have partaken on many first gropes.

We walked by Mundy Avenue. This bit might not be as cool, if you’ve never read Fables.

My lover walked on a tree that fell over a creek a few stormy summers ago…

…sat on a huge rock…

…and I noticed a nail quartet that had been hammered into a pine. Poor tree.

About a mile from the tree, we met a huge turtle. Well, we met 2 huge turtles. But since turtle romance looks rather disturbing, I figured that it would not be a good idea to post pictures of the loving couple *cough*. Say hi to the female…  pre-disturbance.

Once we got over the shock of seeing huge turtles making wee turtles, we continued our walk towards Silver Lake…. where I climbed a crabapple tree. The ecstasy of getting up on that tree without feeling the excruciating pain I felt last year (when I wasn’t trying to climb anything) was glorious. The memory of it is making me grin like a lunatic.

At some point during our journey, my Piano Man rescued some roses that had been recently crippled. I grabbed a half-snapped branch from the crabapple tree and brought the beautifully freakish bouquet home.

When we stepped out of the train, a man who seemed to be drunk enough to set his own breath on fire, looked from my face to my Frankensteinish crabapple-rose creation (which my Piano Man was carrying), and said to me, “You are very lucky, both of you.”

I nodded my thanks, but said nothing (since my mouth was dying to ask him if he meant that my Piano Man and I were both lucky, or if he was seeing two of me… and I suspect the latter might not have been very polite). But I did smile at him, thinking, Yes, we are.

Then my Piano Man and I got home, and made each other luckier.

25 thoughts on “Of First Dates and Frankensteinish Crabapple-Rose Bouquets

  1. That looks like a big snapping turtle that might have had some shell problems earlier in life…

    The pics are great.

    You’re lucky to have someone to go out adventuring like that with.

  2. I feel like I have to do a double-take when I look at the shot of you not smiling. I so associate you with a great big grin! 😀

    These are all such gorgeous shots. I love your hair doing the wild and crazy thang! It’s making very cute, rather Burtonesque squiggles against the sky! And the turtle.. ♥

    • Pictures of me not smiling don’t look like me, do they? I look more like my grandmother, when I’m serious. She was a huge cackler, but didn’t smile as often as I do.

      I think my hair is playing Spell-This with the clouds. 😀

  3. Aww…this is one of those heartwarming and adorable moments you share with your Piano man. And I agree with the seemingly drunk man, 😊 you are both indeed lucky. Thank you for sharing your lovely date, it’s uplifting.💙

  4. Yep, your hair does remind me of that pic u posted on IG… and those stems of the flowers remind me of your curly hair as well!. I can imagine how long you guys stared at those two tories!. As for the drunk, I bet you two had a good laugh.. Only u would encounter such extreme randomness, which I am sure will add to your creative muse.

    • I was playing with the female for a while, when the male showed up. I think she already knew him because she swam away from him… but she was not fast enough. It was quite shocking to see.

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