How They Asked
I was going to ask my girlfriend, Swara, to marry me on May 31, 2019, at this small Harcourt Cottage we had rented with some friends of ours. We both knew we wanted to be with each other for the rest of our lives, riding the ups and fighting the downs. I was going to head up to the cottage the morning of the proposal to decorate everything–lights, flowers, pictures, and even set up a portable speaker to play our music as she enters the beautiful gazebo. However, she had a similar idea and prevented me from leaving Toronto so that she can get there early her self. She had asked me to pick up her niece in the afternoon, and also had asked me to run some last minute “errands”. Little did I know, she was planning to ask ME the question. I thought I had missed my chance at the proposal and would have to do it in the morning the next day…but when I got there, I was surprised to see the gazebo brightly lit, beautifully decorated, and even our song playing in the background. She was planning this for months! She got down on her knee and asked me to marry her with a beautiful Tissot watch. She knew I had a thing for watches!
But this is just half the story…
Everyone was celebrating, hugging us and congratulating us, but I was speechless! I couldn’t believe that I had just been engaged to my best friend. I wanted to tell her how much I love her, but I just couldn’t speak. A million things were racing through my mind. “Do I still propose?”; “Do I make a new plan with a new destination?”; “Do I just ask her now?”
I stepped aside for a second, to just process my thoughts. I mean, she had just turned my world upside down in the best possible way! That’s when I decided. I went into the bushes with my suit, changed and called my best friend by the car to help me. The gazebo was already decorated. Only one thing missing–flowers–lots of them. I had him spread rose petals all around the patio/gazebo and to make sure Swara does not come outside. After ten very challenging minutes, the tables had flipped.
She was relieved that I said yes, but she had no idea that I too had to ask her a very important question. I stood there with waiting for her to come outside, and I could have sworn that my heart had stopped with time when I saw her. It took her a second to realize that I had suddenly been in a suit, surrounded by rose petals holding a bouquet. I wanted to tell her a million things. How much I love her. How she makes me want to be a better human being. How she had changed my life in the best possible way. But I didn’t need to say any of it. Somehow, I knew that she knew. Instead, we had a 30-second conversation, just us, about how far we’ve come from the moment we met each other ten years ago, soft enough that not even our friends could hear. This was just between us. A moment to smile back on. I love you Swara. :*