The Proposal

July 17, 2011 at 3 o’clock PM

Over the years Heather had set ridiculous proposal rules.  One example is that there was to be, no proposing within two weeks of major holidays: Christmas, Easter, and especially not Valentine’s Day (even though they don’t celebrate it).  Heather had been in Florida for a week helping her mother clean and close up her grandparents’ condo.  The day after she got back Brian said he had planned a special day for her.  Excited she went along with it.  They drove over to Cox Arboretum and Brian got out a picnic lunch.  While eating Heather says, “What are you going to propose or something?”  Brian laughed it off and said, “No, but I do have another surprise.”  He reached into the cooler and pulled out chocolate covered strawberries, Heather’s favorite dessert.  After packing up the picnic and taking things back to the car they decided to walk around.  We reached a bench by a lake and Brian says, “I’m sorry, but I lied to you.”  Heather looked at him confused and he went on and pulled out a ring box.  Heather did what she always told herself she wouldn’t do and put her hands to her mouth and started to cry.  Seven years, eight months, and nine days after they started dating and still sitting on the bench next to her Brian asked, “Heather, with you marry me?” Heather replied, but not with what you think.  Crying and hands still covering her mouth she replied with, “You have something in your teeth!” Brian chuckled and removed the bit of lunch from his teeth.  Then Heather, always having to be in control, said, “This is only happening once, you better get on one knee!” and Brian did.   Repeating the question he asked, “Heather, will you marry me?”  To which Heather finally replied, “YES!”  Brian then said, “And I’m sorry I broke one of your proposal rules… It is National Ice Cream Day.”

This is the picture that Heather and Brian have from right after the proposal.  Heather is a sweaty, teary eyed mess, but look at that smile!

This is the only picture that Heather and Brian have from right after the proposal. Heather is a sweaty, teary eyed mess, but look at that smile!

Heather and Brian's Engagement Memory Ornament!

Heather and Brian’s Engagement Memory Ornament!

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