How We Met
Colin and I met on my 20th birthday celebration at a club downtown. Yes, I know a CLUB! We met through a mutual friend; I went to high school with her and Colin worked with her. I was single at the time and ready to mingle, so I asked her to invite all her guy friends out that night.
The boys met us at the club that night. Colin happened to be one of the single ones amongst the group. I chatted and danced with some of his guy friends initially; however, no one really interested me. I actually don’t remember how I ended up talking to Colin but when we did, we ended up spending what felt like hours dancing and laughing together. At the end of the night, we said our good-byes and that was it.
After that night, I didn’t hear from him at all but I couldn’t stop thinking about him. I creeped on Friendster and found him!! Creeper success! I sent him a private message and we exchanged MSN messenger contacts.
The weekend after was my actual birthday. I had a wedding to attend, so my siblings and I ended up going out after the wedding ended. I invited Colin out and he willingly met up with us along with a couple of his friends. I spent the rest of the night chatting with him. My brother, who didn’t know him at the time, was not impressed and thought Colin was just trying to hit on me. I assured him that I knew Colin and we were just friends. I don’t think he was convinced at all though.
Shortly after that, Colin asked me out on our first real date. He came to my parent’s house to pick me up and he ran into my brother. Of course my brother recognized Colin right away and went up to him to question him. But when he saw flowers sitting in shotgun of Colin’s car, he just smiled and nodded at him. The rest is history… I spent the next 11 years with this man!
how they asked
It is still so fresh in my mind and I giggle every time I think about it. We have been together for so long that we don’t plan anything extravagant for anniversaries any more. Also, Colin is horrible with surprises and is not romantic at all.
A week before our 11th year anniversary, we were having dinner at home and I asked if I should plan anything for our anniversary. He told me that he had dinner reservations at the Fairmont Pacific Rim. I didn’t think too much into it after all it was just another anniversary. For the rest of the week, my co-workers were debating amongst themselves whether or not Colin was going to propose but I shut down all the speculation. Come on, I have been with him for over a decade!!! If Colin was up to something, you would think I would know, right?
Our anniversary landed on a Thursday. I worked that day and I thought he worked (which is what he led me to believe). I got home first and received a message from him that he had to drop off keys for his co-worker at the park before we headed to dinner. Colin has spoken about this co-worker on several occasions and I missed her at the last party so he suggested it would be a good opportunity to meet her in person. I agreed.
As we walked through the park where his co-worker was apparently at having a barbecue with her family, I felt his hands sweating (He barely sweats!!) and he was rambling on about stuff. At that point, I knew something was up; but I wasn’t 100% sure and I kept quiet because I didn’t want to ruin the surprise.
As we got closer to the water, I could see that there was no one there. That was when I saw the beautiful set up on the dock with a blanket, pillows, candles, flowers, food and wine. He walked me down to the dock, took both my hands and that was when I knew it was happening. I was overwhelmed with joy and happiness and started crying. He had a small speech prepared but I only remember two lines….”Jennifer, you are my favourite person in the world …… will you marry me?”. I literally blanked and just couldn’t believe it was happening.
Of course I said “YES”, after a “OMG, are you serious?!!!”. We spent the rest of the night eating sushi, sipping on wine, and watching the sunset together. It was truly the most beautiful night. A moment I will never forget. I can’t wait to start this new chapter with him and spend the rest of our lives together.