173. A Story for Grandchildren

A Story For Grandchildren: A boy wrote to a girl on the Internet and they decided to meet for a drink. This sort of thing happens all the time now, but in the wild free-for-all that was 2005, it probably happened ten percent less frequently.

At first the girl wasn’t interested in the boy, she thought he was just square. Mostly because he tucked in his shirt on their first date. He just wanted to be tidy. She just wanted to date bike messengers.

The boy was persistent! And the girl kept him around, because she thought he might know interesting people. “Let’s be friends.” So the boy and the girl spend more time together. There is whiskey. And cheap sushi that does not smell fresh, like the tide. The Fourth of July. Something happens. The girl starts to have feelings for the boy. The boy is not surprised.

Things get serious.

There is some travel of course, mostly road trips. California is one. The desert is another. A wedding. New York. Things go well on these trips. Things go well generally, in the way that makes more seem possible. So the boy and girl try more. Not with a toe in cold water but a cannonball into a summer lake. They say they’ll be gone traveling for a year but the year takes seventeen months.

In these months they see sixteen American states and eleven different countries. Even China. It turns out that Chinese New Year isn’t much fun if you don’t get invited home by a Chinese family.

When it’s time for the boy and girl to return home, they are understandably nervous. Things feel different. Colors, smells, sounds, even 7 Eleven signs remind them of new things. Everything about the world looks different to them now. Everything except each other.

The last night of their trip is longer than expected. Hours usually pass quickly in a nice hotel, but these hours are slow. Luxurious. Important. The boy says some things that are unrehearsed. The girl is flush, she replies that she wants a good story to tell her grandchildren. This is the story, he says.

One knee, the boy is on one knee!

Then they are crying.

Then, they are engaged to be married.


  1. Grace says:

    Congratulations!!!! What a wonderful post.

  2. Stacy says:

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful story to tell your grandchildren, thank you for sharing it with us!

  3. Erika B. says:

    Aw! Congratulations!! I am SO happy for both of you!

  4. John & Natalie says:

    What a fitting end to your journey. Congratulations!

  5. John & Natalie says:

    What a fitting end to your journey. Congratulations!

  6. John & Natalie says:

    What a fitting end to your journey. Congratulations!

  7. John & Natalie says:

    What a fitting end to your journey. Congratulations!

  8. John & Natalie says:

    What a fitting end to your journey. Congratulations!

  9. Krista says:

    Awww! How sweet! Congratulations, and thanks for taking us along for the ride :)

  10. ben says:


  11. Erin says:

    I am also crying! Congratulations! :-)

  12. servo3000 says:

    That’s awesome, congratulations!

  13. The Chez says:

    Congratulations you two! You’re darn tootin you’re good together.

  14. The Chez says:

    OH, and how come you’re all Florida tan and Amy’s still really white?

  15. Oh my gosh! I don’t even know you but I’m excited…what a story. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations amy & sloan. That story made me cry…i’m so happy for you both!

    ps- amy, let me know when you get a new phone number so we can chat!


  17. Congratulations! Awww. You guys are so great together. Well, I’ve only been following along since China but from what I’ve read, you two really are wonderful together. :)

  18. Olga says:

    I’ve come by at, what seems to be, the end of your travels thus far and I think your story is just lovely. Good luck to you both! I hope you keep on finding more reasons to wander.

  19. Lene says:

    I am so happy for the two of you. I have truly enjoyed being a fly on the wall per say to your adventures of travel. Thank you for allowing me to tag along. It has been a blast and ending, well beginning again with fireworks. Many blessings to you two.

  20. ronnie says:

    congrats kids! welcome home.

  21. Kate says:

    The Moore family couldn’t be more thrilled! We are so happy for you. We hope to see that yellow van in Austin again soon. But, if you get married in Portland, we may have a good excuse to visit the Northwest again!

    Love, K,T,C,V, and R

  22. Mawwwige. mawige is what brings us togethah toooday.
    That’s generally what I think in my head when I hear of new proposals. But I had a whole second set of thoughts when I heard the news.
    I’ve already said most of my peace on the phone and via inappropriate e-card, but just to announce it to the whole world: you both kick ass. And 1 kick ass + 1 kick ass = a whole barrel of whoop ass. Which is what is going to be unleashed on the world with you as a bonafide legally offical twosome.
    Dang, I can’t wait for your wedding – it’s going to be SO fun!
    big love and bear hugs –

  23. Anonymous says:

    Nice going you two. Glad you’re coming to our side – Denise

  24. Sloan says:

    Thanks everybody.

  25. Cassie says:

    A very sweet ending to a very sweet beginning :) Hey has anyone told you Sloan, that you look like a young Robert Sloane in this picture?

  26. Andy says:


  27. Anonymous says:

    Amy & Sloan: Congratulations on taking the longest road possible to such a wonderul occasion. Mazel Tov! Love, Sean L.

    Matt Russell is in my living room right now. This is the first time he has seen reasontowander. What a post to see, eh? He says, "Long time no see! 15 years at least, right? I love your site. Congrats."

  28. Miss C says:

    I have no clue how I stumbled here, but I do know that I’m not getting any work done this afternoon. Must go back and read every post. Congratulations from a random girl in Colorado, and may you have many, many more years of adventures and love.