how we met
We met the week Asya moved down to St. John in 2015, at a St. John Rescue meeting. I needed dive certifications for my job at VIERS, and I hired Matt as my instructor, who works as a vet tech, boat captain and scuba instructor.
how they asked
Matt and I take turns with who plans various celebrations – I had planned our Valentine’s Day, so Matt was responsible for planning something to celebrate our 2-year anniversary. First, he had written a computer program that was a series of riddles I had to solve. The final riddle explained that we were headed to Margaret Hill, which was the first hike we had ever done together. We headed up to the trailhead, and once we got to the top of the viewing platform, he handed me a hand-drawn Marauder’s Map (I am a huge fan of Harry Potter), which I had to follow to where he had hidden a golden snitch (which he had a friend create in his 3D printer). I opened the golden snitch and inside there was a silicone ring – I turned around, and Matt was on one knee with the ring his grandfather had used to propose to his grandmother in the 40s. I was surprised! We had talked about getting married in an abstract sense, but never put a timeframe on anything. It crossed my mind that he might be planning to propose soon because he was being more secretive than usual, but I didn’t actually expect it to happen! I had been anticipating a proposal closer to the end of the year (but I’m so glad he didn’t wait that long!)
The spread of the virus was a reminder of how quickly things can change in life and the importance of treasuring those you love. We’d gone through one apocalypse together and as this one loomed it was affirmation that I wouldn’t want to go through it or life in general with anyone else,” said Matt.