Steve and I had our first date at the Museum of Natural Science. We had been talking about returning one day and had even talked about how our favorite section was the gems and minerals section.
About two years after our first date, Steve picked me up after work and took me to the museum to see the IMAX film – The Bears. This was special because he had given me many stuffed bears while we were dating. After the movie, Steve mentioned that he saw many people walking into the museum exhibit hall, which should have been closed by that time, and suggested that perhaps we could go in to take a look.
It turns out that there was a business meeting taking place downstairs. The security guard assumed we were part of the meeting and let us go into the exhibit hall. After we went in, however, I noticed that everything was dark and was obviously closed to the public. Steve lightheartedly suggested we go upstairs which was even darker. We quickly found the gem hall. At Steves urging, we started touring the gem hall. I was nervous and uncomfortable by this point and thought we were going to get caught and arrested. After a while, I suggested we leave. On our way out, a security guard walked by, so we quickly hid. After the close call, Steve said, I really wanted to see the whole exhibit. I reluctantly consented.
After we reached the end of one hall, I turned the corner and quickly drew back as I saw the floor in the next room was covered with rose petals and candles. After a short time of deliberating whether we should proceed, Steve suggested we go ahead and walk through what looked like some sort of set up. As we walked further into this room, I saw a table arranged for dinner for two. Steve started leading me toward the table and asked me if I wanted to take a seat. He took my coat and pulled out my chair. I was dumbfounded and overwhelmed. For the next 30 minutes, Steve was practically talking to himself as I was feeling incredibly speechless. He had hired a chef to cook for the two of us and serve us dinner in the middle of the gem hall. He had all my favorite foods and thought of every meaningful detail he could possibly think of. He had my favorite scent of candle burning on our table and had the caterer play my favorite CD over the speaker system. He even had a camcorder discretely positioned across the room.
During dessert, the caterer brought out a silver platter with three geodes faced down. Under each geode was something symbolic of our relationship. Under the first geode was a dried weed flower that I had randomly given him over two years ago when we first started dating. He said that no one had ever given him a flower before, and that this flower represented how I have been very special ever since the beginning. Underneath the second rock was a piece of candy and some feathers. The candy was an inside joke and represented that he thought I was fun to be with. The feathers, he told me, were to represent my gentle and quiet spirit. He proceeded to encourage me about my character. I got nervous as he approached the third geode because I wasnt crying and I thought it contained the ring. It turns out that the third rock contained a Bible verse (1 Pet. 2:4-5) about living stones, rejected by man but choice and precious in the sight of God. He read it to me as he encouraged me about how God had brought us together and enabled us to persevere throughout the many trials weve faced in our relationship.
Steve then asked me to dance and turned on a hidden jam box which played Kenny Gs Wedding Song. After we danced for a bit, Steve told me he wanted to spend the rest of his life with me and that he loved me very much. I instantly started bawling, because that was the first time he ever told me he loved me. He had been saving those words until he could follow them up with commitment. He then got down on one knee, took out the ring, and said, Will you marry me? Needless to say, I emphatically accepted.
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