On Happiness…

Wineee Wine is one of those rare products that in nearly every case in which it is used, it adds to the happiness of the occasion.

In my world, I measure the value of a person, product, occasion, situation, place or time in terms of the degree to which it provides me and others with happiness. This makes wine a pretty valuable commodity in my world.

And yet, for all the happiness wine brings to my life, both personal and professional, it comes not even
Ring close to providing the kind of happiness as Kathy's presence in my life brings. So imagine how happy, overly giddy and profoundly blissful I felt when Kathy said "yes" to my proposal concerning the rest of our lives.

I'm a man that comes with a bit of baggage, both heavy and oddly light in some cases. I can never be sure how the weights and measures of that baggage will impact others. And so when a person as profoundly
K thoughtful, as carefully opinionated, and as constantly contemplative as my Kathy accepts my proposal, I find myself completely astonished by just how beautiful my life really is, how lucky a man I am, and how surprising life remains.

Of course, my responsibility now is to work constantly to become as valuable to Kathy as I possibly can be; to prove her intuition and thoughtful response had the greatest value to her and will always hold the greatest value; to become the finest wine on her table.

Posted In: Personal


22 Responses

  1. Samantha Dugan - August 3, 2010

    I am so very happy for the two of you! Congratulations darlin’.

  2. Kimberly Charles - August 3, 2010

    So sweet. Congrats.

  3. Jim Caudill - August 3, 2010

    Congratulations my friend…she didn’t even hold the Chocolate Johnson against you!

  4. Samantha Dugan - August 3, 2010

    Jim is right! She said yes after watching you take down a dessert that looked like a poo, that girl is a keeper!

  5. tom merle - August 3, 2010

    Well, we know she’s no fool when it comes to picking a spouse (the man may propose, but the woman decides).

  6. Hope - August 3, 2010

    well written as usual you do have a way with words and you are both so lucky!! Congrats!!

  7. J.A. Kodmur - August 3, 2010

    and as a congratulations-gift, this great poem by Leo Marks which had a role at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding:
    The life that I have is all that I have
    And the life that I have is yours
    The love that I have of the life that I have
    Is yours and yours and yours.
    A sleep I shall have, a rest I shall have
    Yet death will be but a pause
    For the peace of my years in the long green grass
    Will be yours and yours and yours.

  8. Marcia - August 3, 2010

    Congratulations to you both!
    (Thank heavens we’re off the Chocolate Johnson commentary. The Leo Marks poem is so much lovelier to ponder.)

  9. Nick - August 3, 2010

    All the best Tom!

  10. 1WineDude - August 4, 2010


  11. Ron Washam, HMW - August 4, 2010

    Congratulations to you and Kathy both. This may be the best marketing job you’ve ever done.
    You’re both lovely people who deserve all the happiness a great marriage has to offer. May I suggest getting married at the next Wine Bloggers’ Conference? So romantic.

  12. Tom - August 4, 2010

    Congratulations, Tom! Thanks for letting us all know too. Always tough to decide how much personal information to write on a blog, but this is definitely one to share.
    Also true about wine and happiness. I left a job in environmental advocacy and am amazed everyday at how there are nothing but happy people in the wine business, and nothing but unhappy people in environmental advocacy.

  13. Sediment blog - August 5, 2010

    May you toast your congratulations with the very best wine (and not one of ours…)

  14. fredric koeppel - August 5, 2010

    Tom (of the post above), perhaps that’s because in environmental advocacy, people understand how serious the problems are that face the world and our future.
    Tom Wark: a lovely post and congratulations. and it case you’re wondering, you’re valuable to all of us.

  15. Mark - August 5, 2010

    Tom-Congrats! Much deserved for you both!

  16. Nanna Wang Carlsen - August 5, 2010

    Congratulations, Tom. Best wishes for you and your future wife.

  17. Andrzej Daszkiewicz - August 5, 2010

    Congratulations and best wishes to both of you!

  18. Charlie Olken - August 6, 2010

    Well done. Life is like that. Just when you think it has stopped playing tricks on you, you go and fall in love. Congrats.

  19. Marie - August 6, 2010

    Huzzah! May you have many long and happy years together!

  20. Tom Wark - August 6, 2010

    I and Kathy accept all of your congratulations. Thank you so much!

  21. Ginny and family - August 13, 2010

    Congratulations Thomas!! I wish you the best in life together.

  22. winebratsf - August 17, 2010

    Congrats! You have quit smoking, beaten down the laws of stupidity, AND gotten engaged! May the rest of 2010 be as great 🙂

Leave a Reply