Jason and I had been dating for two years. It has been the best part of my life. Our relationship has grown around our faith and our church. We went to separate colleges our second year of dating. And…to top that off, he went into the military our spring semester. However, being so far apart had no effect on our love for each other. We only grew closer and happier.
When he came back from training in the Guard, I got to see him one day before it was my turn to leave. I work for a dance company teaching dance camps in the summer and I was off to work in another state for about a week. When I came back, it was wonderful. We spent day after day enjoying our time together until it was time for me to leave again.
I was gone for three weeks this time. And he was leaving to work a church camp called Super Summer. Well, his mother called me and asked me if, when I came home, I would like to drive up to surprise Jason at the last night of the church camp. So, naturally, I was all up for it. I got home that Friday in June and made sure I got all dressed up for my sweetheart. His parents came and picked me up and we drove to Arkadelphia, Arkansas to see Jason.
When we got there, all I could see was teenagers everywhere. There were about 2000 people there that night to see the service. I found Jason among the crowd and he seemed so surprised to see me. He gave me a big hug and said he would have to catch me after the service because he had to go backstage for a drama he was performing.
His mother asked me to take some pictures for the church. So I made sure I was right by the stage when everything began.
The show started with these two guys performing a skit about the PDA (public display of affection) stick. See, at church camp there is no PDA unless you and your significant other have this long stick in between you. So, they do this funny ordeal about the stick and at the end of it they announce that a complaint had been filed. They stated that some girl came to visit her boyfriend and decided to give him a little smooch. They then proceeded to announce my name and ask me to come on stage. Now, in my mind I was ready hurt my love because I thought this was an awful joke to play on me. I get onstage and the men said they would be back. So I was left up there alone, in the spotlight, in front of 2000 people. Luckily I had friends in the audience that were yelling for me.
Suddenly, I heard Jason’s voice. Everything got really quiet really quick. He walked out onstage with a microphone in one hand and a sterling rose (my favorite flower) in the other. Flashes on cameras were going crazy at about this point. He gives this speech about how he knew he loved me all along and that God was guiding us together. He announced to all those people how much he loved me and then he got down on one knee, revealed a ring on top of the rose, and then proposed. With my face a teary mess, I gladly accepted. We got a standing ovation. To top it all off, my family and friends were all there. I’m pretty sure I cried for 10 minutes.
I will never forget that proposal. Jason definitely made it memorable. Now, random people will come up to me and congratulate me because they were there or they heard about it. I would be in a completely different state and people knew about it. It’s great! The best part is yet to come. We will be getting married May 22, 2004 and I can’t wait to spend my life with my soul mate. God has truly blessed me.
Pine Bluff, AR