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The Pont of Proposals



Here I sit at a high table in a glass-windowed boat on the Seine, facing the Pont Alexandre III about a half block away, that iconic bridge with gold to the right, gold to the left, gold in the center, four winged horses. Old-timey lamps, tridents with globes on each point. The bridge makes a gentle arch over the gray-green waters that never stop moving, trembling between shadow and light.

"Monday, Monday, got me crying all the time" plays on the boat's sound system. On the bridge, black-clad figures, a few in red. A bus with Paris les Cars Rouges passes.



I'm watching, waiting for the horse-drawn carriage. There it is! It stops half-way across the bridge. Two figures, one I know, help the couple step down from the carriage. Blondie sings "One way or another I'm going to get you, I'm going to getchu getchu getchu." The horse tosses its head.



I see the couple now side by side at the edge of the bridge, gazing east, a figure dancing around them. It's Richard, hired by a Paris company to record the moment one partner pops the question, an assignment he does in various romantic spots.



Has anyone ever said no? I've asked. Not yet, Richard said.



Now I see them settling back into the carriage. I imagine Richard is capturing this moment, too. My phone rings: The horse arrived on time, and the woman said yes. It's a good day when that happens.

I go to meet him on the bridge. We're still saying yes.





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Reader Comments (5)

Magical! It's all about the love! Happy Richard gets to record such special moments & we get to imagine
being there!!! Thanks for this simple and profound post, Kaaren!! XO Suki

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 4:48 | Unregistered CommenterSuki

Richard shot our "wedding" pictures on another Parisian bridge, Pont des Artistes, just 6 hours before our baby arrived!
We love those photos.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 12:07 | Unregistered CommenterAW

Suki! Amy!

Imagine living in this romantic town and having a gig that entails capturing such a key moment in lovers' lives. Undistilled happiness. As blessings go, this is pretty high end.

Hugs back,

--R and K

Thursday, October 22, 2015 at 13:38 | Registered CommenterKaaren Kitchell & Richard Beban

Amy: I had forgotten that it was only six hours later that he was born. Amazing!



Friday, October 23, 2015 at 18:06 | Registered CommenterKaaren Kitchell & Richard Beban

What beautiful moments! What a great assignment. Hugs to you and Richard.


Sunday, November 8, 2015 at 17:16 | Unregistered CommenterCassandra

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