How We Met
Kyle and I met in high school, in a theater class that neither of us thought we would ever take. I had just transferred to the high school and was incredibly shy. I walked into the classroom on the first day of the new semester and halted. There were no desks, instead chairs were stacked high against the far wall of the room and students were arranged in a semi-circle. The room was silent when I entered and everyone watched as I walked across the room to get a chair. A cute boy with a sweet smile stood up, walked to the wall, and got down a chair for me. Then he sat down beside me and I looked at him out of the corner of my eye until class started. I tried three times to get out of the class, but as fate would have it, a miscommunication in the guidance office left me stuck in the course for the entire semester. Throughout the class, Kyle and I became friends, making each other laugh all the time and always managing to be put in the same group. Just before Christmas, Kyle asked me on our first date, and we have been inseparable ever since.
how they asked
Every year Kyle takes me for a small birthday trip somewhere in the beautiful state of Michigan. We begin the day on the east side of the state for the sunrise and end on the west side of the state for the sunset, stopping spontaneously in between. Last year, the trip included a Detroit Tigers game, followed by fireworks, delicious breakfast treats from a small bakery, and a street art fair. In the afternoon, we drove across the state to Ludington where we dined by the water and shared the best chocolate dessert I’ve ever tasted. After dinner, we walked out on the pier and sat talking as we watched the sun set over Lake Michigan.
Later, as we walked along the beach, there was a man playing guitar, and Kyle asked him to play a romantic song. As we heard the first notes and he started to sing, I whispered to Kyle, “It’s our song!” The man played Parachute’s “She is Love” and we slow danced to the gentle music. A few spins in, I looked over at the guitar player and laughed out loud. Sitting on a bench just a few feet away, in disguise and strumming his guitar was Kyle’s cousin Alex. Kyle told me that this was my surprise, and I thought it was such a perfect gift for my birthday. But as the song ended, Kyle got down on one knee and asked me to marry him. And, of course, I said yes!