How We Met
Calvin and I matched on Bumble in the late fall of 2016. The town I was living in (where Calvin grew up and we now live together) is a small town outside of Rehoboth Beach and in the offseason, there is not a whole lot to do or people to meet. I was ready to give up dating when a new guy came across my screen and I decided to give it a shot. Luckily for me, Calvin was home visiting for the weekend and we immediately hit it off. After a few weeks of texting, we decided it was time to meet in person and Calvin made the trek downstate to Crooked Hammock Brewery in Rehoboth Beach. After spending over 4 hours talking we finally decided it was time to say goodbye before we got kicked out at closing. When I got in my car, I immediately called one of my best friends from college and told her, “it’s done, I’m going to marry this guy one day”. From that day on, we were inseparable, making the trek up and down Delaware as much as we are possibly good and spending almost all of our free time together.
How They Asked
Each year, Calvin and I have walked in the Rehoboth Beach Alzheimers walk in memory of my grandfather who passed away from the disease in February 2017 and in memory of my mom who was officially diagnosed while I was in college. Over the past decade, this disease has become a central part of my life and Calvin immediately jumped on board when we began dating. Unfortunately, Calvin never got to know my mom before she got sick but he has always made the effort to learn who she was and keep her involved in our lives. He has not only been my biggest supporter but my mom’s biggest fan.
Over the past few months, we had talked a lot about the future and I knew that a proposal was coming, but could not figure out when (no matter how hard I tried to figure it out). The morning of the walk was the same as always, get up, eat breakfast at our favorite restaurant, Egg, and head over to register before the Welcoming Ceremony and start. Halfway through the walk, we reached the boardwalk and Calvin suggested we head out to the beach since it was such a nice day. At this moment, I immediately knew. As he led me onto the beach we walked a few feet before he dropped to one knee. I honestly do not really remember what was said as I was too excited to really focus. Of course, I said yes and then realized there was someone in the background taking pictures. Calvin had remembered I mentioned wanting pictures of the proposal and had hired a photographer to capture the moment. After a few more shots around the beach, we finished the walk and headed back to our cars to call our families.
Calvin later told me he picked the walk because he had been able to ask my dad for permission but wanted my mom to be a part of it as well. Although my mom may no longer recognize my family, I know by the way she lights up when Calvin walks in the room that she approves and am forever thankful that he included her in the day.