Valentine’s Day Weekend – Friday night I met with Jessica’s parents at 6:00 and left the house around 6:45, Jessica arrived home from college unknowingly at 7:15. Saturday I "kidnapped" Jessica at 12:30 and we got in the car and just drove. We went to Ocean City, MD (a 3 and a half hour trip) for dinner reservations at 5:30. She had no idea where we were headed, but trusted me enough to take her wherever I wanted to go. We got there at 4:30 and went for a short walk on the Boardwalk before dinner.
Jessica asked if we could take a walk on the beach later and of course I said yes – after dinner. We went back to the restaurant "Windows on the Bay" and in the car before we went in I gave her a necklace with a pendant that had come with the ring. She loved it and we went upstairs and were greeted with a table overlooking the Chesapeake Bay. Appetizers came around 5:40… the sunset came around 5:45 and lit up the sky in a bright red and orange. It was just clear enough to give a beautiful glow to the sky. We ate (I had stuffed flounder, she had shirmp and scallop pasta) and afterward we started driving back down toward 5th street for our walk on the beach. On the way (the restaurant was on 61st) I mentioned that I had more suprises back at my apartment for her and she remarked that she was not sure anything else could make it more perfect or more romantic.
We parked at the "Boardwalk" gateway and went onto the beach. We walked along the shore and just talked and held hands for a while and finally started to walk back. As we walked back she asked if we could sit down for a while. I was wearing corduroy pants, so I didn’t think it was such a great idea. We stood there for a while and we were getting ready to walk back to the boardwalk when I noticed that the sky was overcast and asked Jessica if she had noticed. She looked up and saw that there were no stars in the sky. I then told her that the reason there were no stars in the sky is because I took the stars and made them shine in… (I pulled out the box and hit my knee)… this, the ring. She started giggling uncontrollably and nervously. I told her I had already asked her parents who gave there blessing and asked if she would marry me. She did manage to say yes and I put the ring on her finger and we just hugged and kissed each other. We stood there for a while and held each other while she was just giggling and shaking. She told me how much she loved me and I told her how much I loved her too.
The night was perfect. We walked back to the boardwalk and she finally got to see the ring in the lights. She kept looking at me and getting overjoyed. We sat on the bench for about 20 minutes and watched people pass by and enjoyed the moment. We then got in the car and went back to my apartment (another 3 1/2 hour drive) and when we got to my apartment she was greeted with some smaller tokens of Valentine’s Day affection and my entire living room was cleared out (furniture and all) and set up to resemble a beach (pictures on the wall, CD of ocean sounds, seashells, beach ball, beach towels). It was perfect.
Proposal Story By:
Charles Town, WV