Gullible. Sounds romantic right? That’s exactly the word every woman wants to hear the man she loves say is his favorite thing about her…she’s so gullible. Webster defines gullible as: “easily fooled or cheated; especially : quick to believe something that is not true”. Well, for me its the word Greg chose to describe me and it was (in his own words) his favorite part about me. Yeah, it just oozes love and passion doesn’t it?
Well, in 1999 I guess you could say I was very gullible…and naive….and young. I didn’t have a whole lot of life experience and I trusted people very easily. I continue to be a trusting person today, but I am much more experienced and have a whole lot more life under my belt than I did when I was twenty. I don’t fall for things as easily as I once did. Except where my doting husband was concerned! Let me tell you about our honeymoon. Before you get too far ahead of yourself I’ll go ahead and inform you that this story is hilarious and completely ‘PG’ rated!
About two months before we were supposed to get married, Greg and I had a very brief conversation about where we might go for a honeymoon. We talked about the mountains or the beach. It totally did not matter to me, I was just looking forward to being with him and I didn’t care where we went. Like most brides-to-be, at this point I was knee deep in wedding planning and I just figured he would decide where we would go. Anywhere truly was fine with me!
So, about two weeks before our wedding we were sitting in our little red door apartment one night (that’s another whole story for another time!). I remember him lying on our bed just relaxing and I was standing in the kitchen area (it was a one room apartment…like a 12×12 room with a bathroom!) working on some flowers that we were going to use in the wedding. We were just talking and I was completely consumed with the task at hand. I remember asking him if he had made any reservations anywhere for our honeymoon. I knew most places were booked and it just hit me at that moment that I didn’t know where we were going!
He cleared his throat and said, “Yeah, I’ve got them made. Do you want to know where we are going?”. Well, of course I wanted to know! He told me to come over beside the bed (it was the only thing to sit on in the whole place. We did not have one chair in that room!) and he would tell me. I put my flowers down and flew over there as quick as I could. He said, “Well, I got to thinking. I really don’t want to go to the beach. It’s so hot and there are too many people. And, I really don’t want to go to the mountains because its not cold. So, I thought we might just stay here”.
My heart went from pounding in excitement to a slow thud. “I was like…here? You want to stay here for a week? In this room. For a whole week. You just want to stay here? Really? Well, OK if that’s what you really want to do that’s what we will do. We could ride somewhere during the day and just come back here at night. That’s good. We will have fun and we won’t be stressed about work. We will just go do some fun stuff around here and that’s good with me.”
He looked at me like I had lost my mind! I remember thinking…well you are the one who planned this so I will be happy with whatever you planned. Then, he just burst out laughing!! I was so confused! He said, “No Doll, we are not going to stay here. I’ve got reservations made in Cancun.” I was so excited! I jumped into his arms and hugged his neck. Then, I looked straight in his face and said, “I’m so excited!! Where is Cancun?”.
I will never forget the look of total shock on his face! I honest to goodness had no earthly idea where Cancun was, how you got there, or if it was hot or cold! I mean I honest to goodness had no idea! Well, he was rolling laughing at me! He said, “It’s in Cannn-ccoooonnn, MEXICOOOOO”. I was like “Oh wow! We are going to Mexico for our honeymoon? REALLY?! REALLY?!” He laughed some more and said, “Yes. We fly out of Atlanta and we are staying in an all inclusive resort in Cancun for seven days.” My jaw hit the floor! I couldn’t believe it and I couldn’t wait to get on that airplane!!