How We Met
Alex and I met in 9th-grade geography class. Although he was rather rude and sarcastic, he apparently had a crush on me. I too had a crush on him. About ten years later we reconnected on Instagram, which led to us “catching up after all these years.” Our first date was ice skating in downtown Greenville, SC.
We instantly connected through equal sarcastic humor as well as sheer incoordination. The simple plan of “hanging out” turned into the ideal dream date where we had no idea what time it was because, as cliché, as it sounds, time stood still. It’s still mind-blowing that a childhood crush turned into the love of my life.
How They Asked
For those that don’t know, I am a slightly recovering control freak. I love to have all of my ducks in a row and I don’t tolerate disobedient ducks very well. That being said, I had a fairly good idea the proposal was going to happen on May 18, 2019, but Alex was set on providing the ultimate surprise. He said we were going on a day trip and leaving at 8 am. I was not given any other instructions, including appropriate apparel. I was expecting to go to Asheville, NC.
The morning of May 18th finally arrived and we began the little over three-hour adventure. To my surprise, we were definitely NOT going to Asheville. Instead, we were heading to Knoxville, TN. At that moment, I lowered the window so that my expectations could appropriately exit the vehicle. Even more to my surprise, he made a sharp U-turn up a steep hill to a little building that said, “Helicopter Tours.” I absolutely thought he was lost. He smiled and said, “You ready?” I got out of the car, walked inside to a reservation that was already made and could not stop smiling. I kept repeating, “what are we doing here?”
Yes, Alex proposed to me on a helicopter flying through the Smokey Mountains.”I need to take over the microphone for a minute because there’s something I need to ask…” I could barely hear him through our headsets but it was the perfect moment nonetheless.I’m so happy we could share our special moment with our two pilots, Tim and John. The ring was my grandmothers that Alex knew I had loved. He also knows how sentimental I am. My grandmother passed in high school but I know would 100% approve.
We spent the rest of the day in Gatlinburg, TN. Alex had also already purchased tickets to the Ripley’s Aquarium. The details of the day almost feel fictional because it was better than I could’ve ever imagined or planned. I not only found the love of my life but I found someone that knows my weaknesses, accepts them and turns them into strengths by providing reassurance and a type of love I didn’t know I would ever have the privilege to experience.
Oh, I said YES!