October 20, 2006

The Sweetest Day- Stuck In A Mall!

We had a very eventful first Sweetest Day.

Jeff and I had officially been dating about 1 week. I was a manager for Express and was running the store for the night in a different mall for a manager that was on vacation. I was excited that this mall closed early on Saturdays and was hoping to see my new beau for Sweetest Day! This mall was about an hour from home and I was eager to get out of there.

As I locked the gate to the store with another sales associate, the gate got stuck. I tried to get it back up or down, and it was jammed about a foot off the ground.

What to do, what to do? The mall was barren by now- no one to be found. Not even mall security! I couldn’t leave the gate like that, and needed to call for help.

A repairman would be on the way within a few hours. Great. Now the sales associate is upset because she was planning on a date with her man, too.

While we were waiting for the repair person to show up, we went to the entrance closest to our store. This is when we realized that the doors were locked from the inside!! How were we to get out? How was our repairman going to get in?

And suddenly I see someone familiar through the glass doors. Jeff? My new boyfriend? What in the world is he doing here? And oh how happy I was to see him!

He had to run around the entire outside of the mall to find a way inside. Finally he made it to me, and had brought me dinner of all things! I was just so glad to see him and have him there with me. I got permission to send the poor sales girl home since Jeff could just stay with me while we waited to fix the gate.

It’s funny because I don’t remember a lot of the other details. We hung out quite a while in the empty mall. The gate got fixed, and we finally were able to find mall security by intentionally setting off a door alarm to get their attention. Jeff followed me home (his original plan for coming out there in the first place- to make sure I got home safe!)

Can you see why
I said yes?


  1. Awwwww!
    That's so perfect, even with the stuck gate, it turned out to be a good experience for you.
    Dinner while stucked in the mall, yes!

  2. I remember that story. Ah -- memories!!

    We are so lame...we forgot about Sweetest Day!! HA!!

  3. So sweet! Awesome story. Your kids will enjoy hearing that one day!

  4. Sweet story! Isn't it great to have those memories!

    Glad the bees are gone too!

  5. Hi Steph! I thought you were going to say that you celebrated sweetest, dinner and all, with Jeff on one side of the gate and you on the other. I think I saw that on a sitcom :)

  6. Thanks Stephanie for always sharing how much you love your husband. I just find it so incredibly refreshing and positive to hear that others are still passionately in love as they were the first time they met.

    My hubby and I have only been married for 3 1/2 years, however come Nov 26th, we will have been together for 15 years!! We are still committed as ever and feel blessed everyday that we have each other. I especially love the fact that when he walks in the door from work everyday, that my heart skips a beat and I get the butterflies just looking at him. Usually it is a competition between my son and I to see who gets more excited seeing him. :)

  7. Sweet! You worked at Express? That store is stinkin awesome. I love it.

  8. That IS so sweet. Sounds like you've got a good man!


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