Gee and Me, Our Story
I guess our story all starts on July 9, 1999. It’s the day I first spoke to Gee. I knew I was going to marry her the first time I heard her voice.
I was asked by my mother to call the daughter of another Korean, who was friends with one of her friends. Great...a blind date, suggested by a friend of my parents, who I didn't even know. Well...to humor my parents, who were down visiting me in DC. I called the number and asked if Gee was there.
The woman who answered the phone said, "Yes, this is Gee." I realized that I heard the voice I had waited all my life to hear...the voice of home. I knew that whatever else happened I was going to marry this woman. We spoke for almost an hour, and, at almost the very end of the phone call, we set a date to meet at a Thai restaurant for lunch the next day. Right after I got off the phone with her, I called my friend Brad and said to him, "I just spoke to the woman I'm going to marry."
The funny part of all of this is I was told by my mother that her friend had told her that I was going to meet the "not-pretty" sister. In blind-date terminology...that’s not what you want to hear.
The next morning, Saturday, was partly cloudy. One of my friends, Brian, was over helping me with some yard work. Around 11:30, we finished up and my parents were making lunch for Brian and themselves... and I got ready to meet Gee at the restaurant.
I got to the restaurant about 10 minutes early. The restaurant is owned by friends of my friend Jim. His wife, Supi, is Thai and they both highly recommended it. The rain showers had just stopped as I walked up to the door. I had been seated at my table for about five minutes, looking out the window, when a beautiful Korean woman walked by the window. I thought to myself...that can't be her...she’s far too beautiful, but then the woman in the navy blue dress came into the restaurant.
Then the hostess pointed to me and this woman walked over, I thought to myself...if this is the "not pretty" sister, what did her sister look like. She then asked if I was Dan. I said I was, and she sat down to join me. We talked for almost two hours. She told me she was going to Seattle, the following week, to look for apartments, as she was moving there in September to go to graduate school there. She said she'd call me when she got back from Seattle.
Two months after our first date, Gee and I left for Seattle in my Explorer. I was driving her there, towing her car and helping her move 3,000 miles away. While I was helping her get settled into her new apartment, I asked Gee to marry me and she said yes. A few days later, about an hour after I left Gee’s apartment, I called her to say that the rain had stopped and the traffic had cleared up...and I was on my way home. The first words she said were "I miss you already." That was when I knew asking her to marry me was the most perfect thing I had ever done in my life.
That was the beginning of our story. The rest of our story you can find on the Life with Gee page. The story isn't very long—it is most amazing, joyous, happy, and bittersweet.