How We Met
We met back in January 2016 at my high school/college roommate’s (Megan) wedding! He immediately caught my eye – tall, bearded, Ginger…and her younger hunky uncle (Hunkcle). My friend Kristin knew I had been eyeing him and just as the dance floor was getting wild, she pulled me over to him and introduced us. We laughed, we danced and we smooched and even got roasted the next day as the family joked about me being Megan’s “aunt Eunice”. Since that night, we’ve been pretty much inseparable.
How They Asked
It was just a normal Saturday; we slept in, worked out on our respective stationary bikes, and even made brunch and watched some Real Housewives. During our workout, Bill asked if I would want to take a bike ride to the park to enjoy the sunshine and maybe watch the sun go down. Totally routine – one of our greatest joys during quarantine is to social distance hang with friends at various parks in the city and ride our bikes around town.
We arrived at Oz Park which is a short bike ride away from our house. We went up to the top of the hill and laid out a blanket, put on some jams, drank our adult BEVs, and soaked in the sun. I even took off my sweatshirt and tanned with a bralette as the sun ended up being HOT! After an hour or so of laying around, Bill told me he saw a spider crawl into my hair. I immediately bolted in a standing position tossing my hair in a frenzy. He, then, held both of my hands and said, there’s no spider but I couldn’t find a way to get you to stand and he got down on one knee.
I immediately broke down, and before I said “yes!” I said, “oh my gosh, I don’t have a shirt on!” Soon after, I saw a photographer and a drone and then I saw my parents running up the hill, then my co-workers, his co-workers, our friends, even more, family members and even my old boss. With each new surprise visitor, I would burst into tears. Cue non-stop waterworks. Literally, all day. We drank champagne, hung out, and as planned – watched the sun go down.
I later found out that he had planned this whole event earlier that week and emailed all of our friends and family about how he took a bike ride to pick up the ring, go to the park where he would later propose, and even to my parents’ home to ask for permission. I was completely in shock. I always said that even though I LOVE surprises that I would know if/when he proposed because he would act so nervous, but he pulled it off as cool as a cucumber. I also learned that while I LOVE surprises, I don’t handle them quite graciously. It was simply the best day ever.