How We Met
Sylvia and I were both Juniors at Texas A&M University, and we were in the same major, Human Resouce and Development. We saw each other once a week for three hours for a whole semester, and yet never spoke a word to each other. But I remember her very well because she was the prettiest girl in the class. We also specifically remember the first day of class because we went around the room and said what one food we could have on a desert Island for the rest of our lives. I said my mom’s Lasagna because not only is it one of my favorite foods, but it is also filled with many good sustainable foods. Beef, cheese, tomatoes, pasta, etc. Sylvia, however, said just avocado. I thought this was pretty funny.
She claims now that it was stuffed avocado, but I don’t believe her! Well anyway, like I said, we never spoke the whole semester. Once the semester was over, I went to a popular dance hall in town one night, and who should be there as well, Sylvia! She ran up to me, and her first words were, “I know you from somewhere, but I can’t remember!” In her defense, I was not in uniform like I was every day in class (I was a member of the Corps of Cadets) and it was rather dark inside. But I remembered her from our class together, EHRD 408 with Dr. P. We talked for a little bit and it turned out that both of us would be there for the next couple months until the fall for some summer classes. So before we both parted ways, I asked for her number, and the rest is history.
how they asked
As Sylvia and I spent more time together, it became more and more clear that Sylvia was the one that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with, so I started to think about how I wanted to propose. Throughout our time dating, Sylvia had always talked about how she wanted a century tree proposal. Here at A&M, one of, if not the oldest, trees at A&M lives right at the heart of campus in Academic Plaza. It is one of the most romantic places on campus because it is said that if you walk under the tree with someone, you will be with each other for the rest of your life. So it is easy to understand why it is a very popular place for proposals.
And members of the Corps of Cadets like to add their own flair by having a saber arch leading to the tree. I knew that this was how she would like to be proposed to, but I was torn because I wanted to do something unique to us. Thankfully my sister came up with a great idea: Do both! The day was the Friday of May 4th. I was freaking out because I had been planning this for weeks, but for the past couple days, the forecast had called for 100% chance of thunderstorms the whole day. Sylvia had been told by me that we were going to meet my parents on campus to take our Senior pictures, and my sister was going to come pick her up and take her. But before the left, I called my sister to tell her that there was a slight change in plans and we were going to meet at Freddy’s Frozen Custard for a quick bite to eat, which is where Sylvia and I went for our first date.
But once her and my sister got there, instead of me and my family, Sylvia found one of her life-long best friends with a letter from me with a hint on where to go next. That letter then led her to the dancehall where we first started talking where another friend was waiting with another letter from me. This pattern took her to four different places that were special to us and each location had one of our best friends with a love letter from me. The last letter ended with a very obvious hint to meet me at the century tree. When she walked into Academic Plaza, some of my Corps buddies were lining the sidewalk making an arch of sabers leading to the Century tree with me at the edge of it. She walked through the arch and came up to me, and I walked us under the tree, got down on my knee with the ring in hand, and asked her to marry me.
She gave the best yes that she could through her tears and then we walked back out through the arch to find her and my whole family waiting for us! She was totally surprised and ecstatic, and I was just happy that the good ole Texas weather did what it always does: the opposite of what it was supposed to! Thankfully, it stayed clear throughout the whole event, almost as if it was meant to be…