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Bill Leslie's Carolina Conversations

Petals of Romance

Posted August 17, 2009 9:48 a.m. EDT
Updated August 17, 2009 10:00 a.m. EDT

It hasn’t been the easiest month for my daughter Lauren. As a first grade teacher she has felt the sting of state budget cuts. Not only did she take a pay cut,  she saw her class size mushroom by more than 40% while her teaching assistant’s hours were cut in half. So what happened Friday night came at a good time.

Lauren has been dating US Naval Academy engineering graduate Luke Wolf for more than two years. Luke popped the question Friday night in romantic style. Luke managed to smuggle a single rose into Lauren’s car at school and then scattered rose petals up the stairs to her apartment where he fell to his knees and proposed. We then surprised her with a dinner party at her favorite restaurant – Irregardless. Owner Arthur Gordon made sure everything was perfect and it was. What a grand evening!

Lauren and Luke haven’t picked a wedding date yet. A lot will depend on Luke’s military assignment which should be announced soon. Cindy and I are absolutely delighted. Luke is a handsome, smart and terrific guy and he loves Lauren dearly. Plus, we share a love for basketball and football.  In addition, he’s quite the handyman, which I am not, and every family needs at least one.

Today’s question: how did your wedding engagement unfold? I’ll give a prize for the best love story.

Plus, tomorrow we will announce some prize winners from previous blogs.

Show me some love!