How we met; Lyndsay’s point of view: My Brother had been dating a girl named Suzy for quite a while when they invited me to come out with them, and some of there friends, for a night on the town. Having recently sworn off looking for love, i thought this would be a great chance to have a boy free night of fun with my brother, Suzy, and their friends. When I arrived at the apartment early, I was introduced to Suzy’s best friend Michael. He was sweet, cute , and funny… but determined to ward off boys, I didn’t think anything of it.
A week later my brother Ryan asked if I wanted to go bowling with friends, and when I showed up, I realized that it was not “Bowling with friends”, but a “bowling double date”. After that we started texting, and soon after that went on our first “real” date, and have been together ever since.
How we met; Michael’s point of view: I had just gotten out of a long-term relationship the year before I met Lynn. I had dated around and had been on a few dates with other girls before I met her. The night I met Lynn I knew that I wanted to hang out with her again. Once we planned, and executed the infamous “bowling night” I knew I wanted to take her out just the two of us, and after that date I knew I wanted to marry her.
The Proposal; Lyndsay’s Version: September 30th is Mike’s birthday. He absolutely hates his birthday so instead of celebrating it, Mike created Lyndsay Day, where we would go out for a special night and celebrate me! I had no idea he had something this special up his sleeve. He had planned a secret date and wouldn’t tell me anything about it. There were just a few requirements. I had to go to school dressed and I had to be ready to go on our surprise date right after school ended. I agreed to everything and promised not to ask too many questions. The morning of the engagement Mike “left for work” (he actually never went) and I went about my day as normal. Early in the afternoon I had a meeting scheduled with my principal so they got my class coverage and I went off to the main office. As I was in the office, Mike, my family and his family, snuck in the back door and quickly hurried into my classroom. Mike had slipped a note into my mailbox for me to read before returning to my class but I never saw it!
While my meeting was finishing up, our families set up in the classroom and Mike and the photographer were set in the hallway. My principal walked me back to my classroom and as we begin walking down the hallway I see Mike, dressed in a tie and dress pants, waiting at my classroom. I was mortified because there was still a half hour left in the school day and I was concerned my principal would be upset that he was here. I refused to look at him as we were approaching my classroom. When we reached the classroom my principal walked in the classroom and I gave Mike a quick, “Hey” and tried to bypass him. He forcefully grabbed me and said we needed to talk. I still further questioned his presence by saying, “I have a class I need to get to…”
At that moment I saw the photographer hiding and a metal ring box in his hand. He pulled me to face him and he explained what the letter said that I never got. In the letter it said that if I thought he was waiting seven years to get married that I was a box of nuts.
He then bent down on one knee, told me my last name sucked, and he asked me to change it. As he bent down, I threw the binder I was holding and was in complete shock. The ring took my breath away and I shouted, “Yes!”
We walked into my classroom and we were greeted with a scream of surprise and applause. At that moment I was even more shocked when I looked to the back of my classroom and saw my family and his family with tears of joy, signs and balloons. The rest of the school day was a blur and we celebrated with cupcakes, games and lots of hugs. After all my students were gone, we went outside to the playground to take pictures. To add to the perfect proposal, he even set up a dinner for our families to continue the celebration. Mike had everything planned perfectly and left no stone unturned. He even had me get a manicure the weekend before so my nails would look nice to show off the ring. It was a fairytale of a day and absolutely the best day of my life.
How I Asked; Michael’s Version: I bought Lyndsay’s engagement ring seven months after we started dating, and from November until September I had the ring hidden at her brothers apartment. My only thought was: “If you are going to hold onto a ring for ten months you need to have a better than average way of proposing to this girl.” Not being a huge fan of my birthday, I decided that I would make my birthday (The day I proposed) “Lyndsay day.” I told her that I wanted to celebrate everything about her on that day, and also the weekend leading up to it. What she didn’t realize was that this weekend was a plan to get her ready for her surprising day on Monday.
I work with my hands, and quite often I tell her about how bad my fingernails are. During this weekend she finally “talked me into” getting a manicure, and while we were there I suggested that she get one as well. Fingernails cleaned, polished, and ready for a ring………Check
I then took her to the mall where we stopped at a place I knew she would like: The shoe store. I told her “We are getting you some sassy new shoes to wear for our surprise date right after work. I need you dressed up and ready to go as soon as school is over and that’s all im telling you.” Dressed up and looking good (as always) with confidence building shoes……Check.
As the weekend ended and her Monday began, I pretended to leave for work and waited for her to head off to school. After she left, I came back to the apartment and began cleaning the entire place. To be fair this was more for me than for her. Who doesn’t like coming home after a long day and not having to pick anything up?
Once it was time, I had Lynn’s best friend come and pick me up and we headed over to the school where we would meet both Lyndsay’s, and my, immediate family. I had also figured I would hire a photographer to capture the memories, and take our first “ family photo”. I had been in contact with the school principal since the end of the year before, so she had already set everything up to have Lynn out of the room at a certain time.
When we got the wave we all hurried into the building, I placed a note in her teacher’s mailbox, and snuck into her classroom. While our family hid in the room I came out into the hallway with Danni, the photographer, and waited for what seemed like an eternity. Finally Lynn came out of her meeting and started walking down the hallway with her principal. I knew instantly that she hadn’t read the letter from the apologetic look on her principals face. As she walked passed me I got a head nod and a “Hey.” from Lynn. I realized that she had no clue what was going on and that she was going to walk straight past me and into the classroom. I grabbed her arm and asked to wait for a second. She tried to tell me that she had a classroom waiting for her but I assured her that they would be fine. I told her that she was supposed to get a letter explaining some things but since she didn’t get it I would tell her what it said. We had always joked that we had a seven year plan before we would get engaged. My letter was short and sweet and to the point. “ If you think I’m waiting seven years to ask you to marry me, you are a box of nuts. I can barely wait the amount of time it takes for you to walk back to your classroom.” I then pulled out her ring ,which I had put in a box that had machined nuts on top of it. After her initial shock I asked her to go tell her kids what had happened, so she went in and was surprised again by her family and best friend standing in the back of the room.
She is now, and always will be my favorite birthday present.
Photos by Danielle Almond Photo