My husband and I were fortunate enough to visit Nashville on a business trip a while back. After his seminar, we stole away to Arrington Vineyards. Vineyards are inherently beautiful, but there was something about the green Tennessee hills, the moody weather, and the various guests that, combined, made one of the most moving winery experiences I have had.
Thunder clouds were driving their way towards us, but people still ventured to picnic and taste wine out in the open before the rains came. A couple of young families arrived and settled down the hill. They brought pizza, drank wine, and the kids played swords with sticks. While the children played and ran in the fresh air, I thought what brilliant parents they were to find a leisurely way to spend time together as friends.
Up the hill there was a lone picnic table with a basket on top. A young couple showed up. He surprised her with the picnic, and she was thrilled. I nod at my husband to look up the hill. We watch as the young man then pulls something out of his pocket and leans in towards the young women. You can feel it. It was such a personal moment in a couples' life—a proposal. So tender and intimate. She looked surprised, and joyful. Mostly, she had the glow of a longing fulfilled. It was so genuine. Now my husband and I were trying not to openly stare, but this young man must be a good catch. He knew her well. Because the next thing you know, a group of her family were running up the hill to celebrate with them. He had planned the whole thing. I couldn't help but cry. Tears of joy for a stranger felt good.
The last vignette: a young couple were enjoying a bottle of white wine and a picnic. We ended up chatting with them a moment. He works days, she works nights. He told us it was important for them to spend time nurturing their relationship. He said it with such feeling—it almost was a pledge in the way he expressed it. It made me want to be that passionate about defending time with my husband.
Sometimes travel moments settle into me, leaving a deep impression. This was one of those times. The whole evening felt like a living story. May you have meaningful memories from your travels and tastings.
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