October 23, 2007

The Proposal

Every bride-to-be thinks their proposal was special. But mine REALLY was.

We were up at my family’s cottage for Labor Day weekend. We have had our cottage since I was about five. It is the most special place in the world to me.

It was Sunday afternoon, it had been raining all day, but had stopped. My FI was out fishing with my brother. He came back to the cottage, got changed and asked me if I wanted to take a walk to the big fishing dock down the road. I said sure. We started to walk as the sun started to set. It actually started to set quickly… too quickly. My FI inexplicably asked me to start running down the very muddy road, to the dock. I said sure. (An Aside: Later he would tell me if I had bitched about running in the mud, the proposal never would have happened!) We ran hand and hand through the wet mud to the dock. We got there just as the sun was setting over the water. We sat at the end of the dock and my FI took my hand and said… some very sweet things that I have a hard time remembering because they ended in, “will you marry me?” I was shocked. I had no idea it was coming.

It was incredibly romantic.

Then he opened the ring box over the deep water below UPSIDE DOWN. I still cringe when I think how close we came to losing my ring to the gods of Lake Huron! But alas, the box was righted, and the ring fit. We stood up… and I melted down. I sobbed and sobbed like I have never sobbed before, you know, those full body shaking ones. I hyperventilated. But somewhere in there I managed to say, “YES”.

We slowly walked back to the cottage where my whole family was preparing dinner. The sky was purple. It seemed like miles and miles. We held hands and smiled a lot. It was so fun to have this immense secret that no one else in the world knew, but when they did it would change everything. It felt like we were watching ourselves in a movie. It was the very definition of surreal. I could never really explain it and I will never forget it.

We got to the cottage door, took a deep breath and went in. We hadn’t really discussed how we would “announce” the news. I think I just blurted out, “we are engaged”. My mother promptly responded with, “no you’re not!” She didn’t believe us… for like five whole minutes! I seriously had to say, “No, really, we are, I’m not kidding”. It wasn’t the reaction we were expecting, but it was uniquely my mother’s. Once my parents actually accepted that we weren’t joking, they were ecstatic. They cried. All of them, my dad and brother included. I come from a family of criers. My wedding day will be very…wet and salty.

On our way home from the cottage the next day, we tried to covertly get our friends together at a bar so we could make a Dramatic Announcement like they do on TV. But they all said they were too tired/lazy/stupid to go out on a holiday Monday night, so much for that idea. Therefore in true 21st century style, I announced our engagement the next day via email. CLASSY!

So there you have it, and I think you will now agree that I did have the MOST special proposal of all time.



Anonymous said...

Ok you just made me cry :clap:

This is a really touching engagment :D :D :D :D


Susan Legare said...

Good .... I'm glad I'm not the only one that got all weepy!

BB, would it be a total rip-off if I asked people to send in their proposal stories and published them on the blog at some point (way down the line, mind you)?

BloggerBride said...

Nope- go to it! I would be happy to read them (and weep like a girl).


FI said...

Does FI mean Filipino Irish or Fiancé?

Nice writing babe! You even made my blunder sound sweet....