After four years of dating, I knew that Stu would be proposing soon. On New Year’s Eve, I went to Stu’s apartment, prepared for a big evening out, but instead found my boyfriend in his t-shirt and jeans. All night long I kept looking for signs that he’d propose, but each time I thought it would happen, it didn’t.
After changing into more formal attire, Stu suggested that we go for a drink at the Waldorf-Astoria. I thought I had it all figured out–I expected to find a ring in my mimosa. However, the only thing sparkling in the glass was the champagne. We then returned to Stu’s apartment where he cooked me dinner, which I cut into small pieces, this time hoping to find a ring hidden within the food.
He knew that I was expecting something, but had me convinced that it wasn’t actually going to happen. We both enjoy word games, so when he suggested we play Scrabble, I was certain that the ring would be hidden in the bag of letters. With still no ring in sight, Stu gave me a wrapped gift for the last night of Hanukkah. I ripped open the card in which he wrote, "I know you wanted a diamond by the end of the year," but the attached gift was actually a Neil Diamond CD. Even though I’m a huge Neil Diamond fan, at that point I was ready to throw it out the window.
Finally, as midnight came and went, I had just about given up all hope that it was going to be the special evening I was expecting. At that point, Stu turned to the television station where a commercial that he had been working on for his marketing job would be ebuting. I always loved when Stu’s commercials premiered, but after a somewhat disappointing evening, I told him that I just wanted to go to sleep. He convinced me to stay awake for the commercial, which I found to be almost as disappointing as the rest of my evening. He then told me that there was another version he wanted me to see. He popped in a DVD and hit play on the remote control. Before my eyes there was this collage of photographs chronicalling our relationship from the day we met until earlier that week with the Neil Diamond song "All I Really Need is You" playing in the background. Rather than a photo, the last screen had the text, reading "Lori Jill Genser, Will You Marry Me?"
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