On May 5th 2001 I proposed to my fiancé. It took months for me to find the perfect ring once and once I had it I began to plan my perfect surprise day. I had told her I had a surprise planned for her on the 5 and that she needed to be ready by 9:00 AM. We went out the week before and I bought her a new outfit for the day so she didn’t under or over dress. At 9:00 Jimmy the limo driver showed up to take us from her home here in MD to her favorite place… NY City. She was speechless when she saw the limo and I couldn’t contain myself I had to tell my general plans for the day.
After arriving in NY we had some time on our hands before my plans started so we took in the art at the Met. Next we walked across central park to our dinner reservation on Tavern on the Green. On the way over Laura had become suspicious and started searching my pockets for a ring which I had hidden in my jacket. Between dinner and desert she had asked me to get her a band aid so when she thought I got up to ask for one I quickly got down on one knee and proposed with an impromptu "Baby will you marry me?" Applause was earned from the other patrons in the restaurant and we were regaled by proposal stories and congratulations from the surrounding women. To end the night I had tickets to see Beauty and the Beast at the Lunt Fontainne Theatre. We then took our first trip home as an engaged couple.
Thomas Bethke Jr,