I Always Wanted a Hallmark Moment — Thanks Joanne Henderson

I Always Wanted a Hallmark Moment — Thanks Joanne Henderson



Your morning chuckle.. yes this was my outfit last night for the Heritage dinner..:)


I am a Hallmark junkie and watch romantic movies over and over. I can tell you where they were shot, who starred in what, and in all honesty if it rains I literally drip sugar. In each movie there is always someone who gets down on their knees and asks for someone’s hand in marriage. I never got that in my life, and really, I never questioned why.  It was what it was, and it didn’t really matter, until the last few years.

Was it because I had a stroke or heart attacks these past few years? Was it because I  felt life was quickly closing up shop,and in reality, I always wanted this to happen? If I die tomorrow I’ve had a good life, I have done it all, but that Hallmark movie proposal sat in the back of my brain, and every single Hallmark movie well, I pointed proposals out to Steve.:)

The Carleton Place and Beckwith Heritage Museum had their Heritage  dinner last night and a beautiful diamond ring from Burns Jewellers was the big ticket. I joked with Steve that if he won, well, he was going to have to get down on his knees and ask me to marry him for a second time.



Sean Redmond did a fantastic job selling those tickets and no, we did not win– but Joanne Henderson did. I was thrilled for her– but what did she do? She put the ring down on the table and told Steve it was his. We were flabbergasted, just flabbergasted, and I think I was in shock. In front of a capacity crowd at the Town Hall Steve got down on one knee and asked me to marry him again. I could not stand up, I was completely frozen and yes, my antlers fell off.

There in the middle of Carleton Place on a cold winter’s night in February I got my Hallmark moment thanks to Joanne Henderson. Many footprints will walk in and out of your life, but there are really special people around that will leave a footprint in your heart– and that is Joanne. Thank you for giving me the moment in my life I will never forget.



In my confusion I did not realize Father David was there and we could have done the marriage roundup a second time right then and there. When I mentioned it after the fact he said,

“Well, we’ve still got the parking lot!!”

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About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

2 responses »

  1. This is without a doubt better than any Hallmark movie. WOW. Joanne is an angel. What an amazing generous gift to two of my favourite people. I told you Steve was a keeper. Lol. Little did I realize you would be proposed to twice by this ” keeper of a gentleman” So thrilled for both of you and Joanne Henderson you are even more amazing than I have always known you to be. Please tell me someone has video of this.


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