Monica and Cristian
How We Met
I met him in 8th grade. I was new to the city and school and so I was definitely an introvert and refused to make new friends. Cristian on the other hand, the extrovert, took every chance to make a new friend. During P.E class one day, Cristian ran passed me, looked back and smiled. For some reason, I felt comfort from his smile. Sincerity. Kindness. He ran passed me again, but this time he stopped. “Hi, I’m Cristian,” he said. Being the awkward teenager I was, I just smiled. I quickly looked down and gripped onto my neon pink MP3 player. “What are you listening to?” he asked. “Music,” I said. “Nice,” he chuckled. His soft chuckle rose my stomach, almost as if I was floating. We continued walking together, but this time, in pure silence. But the silence was comforting. Similar to stargazing—losing yourself in the brightness of the stars. Strangely, I was losing myself in the comfort of his silence—OUR silence. From that day forward, we spent almost everyday together. We grew comfortable with eachother, and trusted eachother with everything in us. A month past and on November 10th, 2008, he asked me to be his girlfriend. Nothing has changed since–everything has been as great.
How They Asked
It was wonderful, really. It was unexpected but more perfect than ever. We have been dating for 10 years now, we met in middle school to be exact—so I know planning the proposal was a bit challenging. This year, we took a trip to Mexico with my family, it’s a tradition of ours and a great way to decompress and let go of our responsibilities for a few days. The day of the proposal, my parents informed me that we had dinner reservations at 6:30pm for a family dinner. It was nothing out of the ordinary since we do family dinner’s often. When we were dressed, we went downstairs and waited in the hotel lobby for everyone. While we were waiting, my sister came by herself and asked me to go to the room with her since she forgot something. When she opened her door, she handed me her phone and said, “watch this.” To my surprise, it was a video that Cristian created (this was a way to distract me while he went downstairs to set up). I then followed my sister downstairs and there he was. Standing by the beach, with the view of the sunset, surrounded by the people I love the most while holding a bouquet of flowers. When I walked up to him, he was sobbing. Both him and I were uncontrollably sobbing that he couldn’t speak. I wiped his tears and with a shaky voice he said, “I have loved you immensely for the past 10 years and I wouldn’t want to do life with anyone else. So now, I have to do this the right way. Still sobbing, he gets on one knee and asks “Will you marry me?” Everyone in the water, balcony, and on the boat were cheering and rooting for us. By far the easiest yes.