July 16, 2004 started like any other Friday, but I was a little happier then normal. I had a rough week at work, but after about six more meetings that day, it was over and the weekend was here. I knew I had to get up early, because I wanted to make sure I had time to blow dry my hair nicely since we were going to Brian’s aunt and uncle’s right after work. Also, I knew I was going to have time to shower after work or I would be late as always.
All day at work, Brian’s cousin (who I happen to work with) and I were going back and forth because I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t want to come to his parents house that night for dinner with Brian and I. At the end of the day, though, he told me that he decided to head right to the shore. I skipped out of work that day early, because I was so glad to have this week over and a weekend ahead of me to forget about national volume discounts and ensuring that they were calculated with integrity blah, blah, blah.
I got to my house before Brian, so I started getting ready. All I knew was that we were going to drop off a thank you present to his uncle for doing our taxes and then Brian had a surprise for me. He told me to dress cute, because we were doing something nice afterwards. I kind of thought we were going to have drinks and the chocolate buffet at the Ritz Carlton (I had been dropping hints that I wanted to go there.) Usually I am a complete frazzle getting ready, but I was so calm and relaxed that night. I remember commenting to myself that I just felt so calm and that things just seemed so right.
When I was ready, we left. Brian said that his cousin told him that if we were early that we should walk around this lake that is close to his parents house. I still don’t understand why this didn’t seem odd to me. I think I was so exhausted from my week I was just happy to sit in the car and just go along with the flow. I think that really worked to Brian’s advantage, because normally I would have bugged him to death to figure out what was going on. I, of course, threw a wrench into the system, telling Brian that I had to stop at Kohl’s on our way over because I had to pay my bill. I knew we had plenty of time so I thought it was perfectly fine. As we pulled into the parking lot, I even asked him if he wanted to walk around the store to kill time for a while. Brian said No, I am going to just wait here while you pay your bill. Little did I know he had that little box in his pocket. I was quick in the store and we were off to the lake.
We pulled into the park by the lake and we started walking though the grass. Every bride I have ever talked to said they almost ruined their proposal because they started complaining about something here was where I started my complaining. I couldn’t figure out why we had to walk through the grass with all of the mosquitoes. Brian just told me it was fine and to keep walking. He said there was a gazebo and that we could go and sit there and take some pictures. Another oddity I didn’t think about – Brian insisted that I bring my camera with me to take pictures at the lake. Did I mention that he was lucky I was tired and didn’t think about anything he was telling me? Well, someone was in the gazebo so Brian told me to go stand in this sand pit by this bear statue. I obliged and he took my picture. As I was walking back to him, he showed me the picture in the digital screen and I started complaining about what my hips looked like in my white pants. As I am obsessing over my hip, Brian starts telling me that he wants to spend the rest of his life with me. I was like uh-huh, but look at my hip. Then he started to pull something out of his pocket, we had a rough week so I thought maybe he had bought me a little present, but when I saw THE BOX and I knew what was in there. It was so unexpected that I didn’t know what to do. Brian got down on one knee and he asked me to marry him. I was completely shocked and said YES.
I wanted to know everything then. Did anyone know? Did he ask my dad? When did he decide to do this? It was the auditor in me working overtime. Brian sat me down and explained everything. I then tried to grab for my phone and call my parents, but he said to wait and call from his aunt’s. When we walked in the house, we saw his uncle first and Brian starting talking about the gift that we brought for him and I was like, We have news!! and flashed my ring!! Then I saw all my family and friends standing outside to surprise me. It was the end to a perfect proposal night.
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