To set things up, Rob did start this story with a lie. He called and told me he had a flat tire. We had plans to go up to New Hampshire (Hampton Beach) and see George Carlin in concert. I had arranged an ocean side hotel. So I waited for him until about 12:30 when he came to get me. We got to the hotel around 2 and checked in. Room 110 is the front of the hotel with an amazing view of the ocean.
When I walked into the room, he said "I gotcha again" for there were rose petals on the bed, a heart shaped box of chocolates with chocolate roses on the table, and I noticed his boom box was set up. The "gotcha" is in reference to the romantic hotel he set up in May.) It was only then I realized there was no flat tire! He’s a sneaky one! 🙂 Then he said he wanted to play a game, and proceeded to lay out these little tiles on the bureau. Walking over behind him, I noticed they were heart shaped. Each little tile had a letter on it. He told me my job was to put the letters together to form a word, or a series of words. He was standing behind me, and as I started to realize what the letters spelled, I realized it spelled "Will you Marry Me" I started to cry and laugh at the same time, my knees were knocking, and my hands were shaking. I turned around to him, and he hit play on the CD player. As I heard the opening notes to "All I ask of You" from Phantom of the Opera he dropped to one knee in front of the picture window overlooking the ocean. He pulled out a little black velvet box, and the most exquisite ring I have ever seen. Looking up at me with tears in his eyes he said, "Well, what’s your answer? My knee is killing me!" All I could repeat was "YES!" over and over again.
The ring is a marquis cut diamond with 3 diamonds on either side and 2 enhancer bands fused together on either side, both with diamonds. As it went on my finger, he said, "the center band is from me, the top band is from Mom, and the bottom band is from Dad. I know you wanted your grandmother’s ring, but it’s not mine to give. I wanted to give you this." He went on to say "It’s taken me a while to come to this. Do you know how long I’ve had this planned? I asked your parents three weeks ago, and I was going to rent a hall and have all your friends there, but then I decided to do this. "Wait a minute. I thought. "You said something to my parents three weeks ago?!?!?" He answered me "Yes, I went up there for pizza and I brought wine, and we talked and I told them what I wanted to do. All I could do was laugh and cry at the same time, just stunned. We opened a bottle of Champagne, interlocked arms while holding glasses, and said: "To you, to me, and to us."
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