Bret and I met online in a chat room when he commented on a quote from the Winnie-the-Pooh stories that I had in my screenname profile. We talked about the stories, favorite characters and he told me The Hundred Acre Wood where the stories take place actually exists in England. I couldn’t believe I found a guy who knew that much about Pooh! We chatted online, then on the phone (although in the States now, he still has a wonderful English accent) then we met at a Starbucks and have been together ever since.
Several months before taking our second trip to England to visit his family and friends, we had been looking at engagement rings but I didn’t know how serious he was. We found a ring we adored at a shop in my hometown and he took the jeweler’s business card.
A couple days after arriving in England, he asked if I wanted to visit The Hundred Acre Wood. Of course I said yes, being the Pooh fan that I am! His parents came along but I didn’t think anything of it because they had visited with us there before. We only had one picture of the two of us from our previous trip so I showed his mum how to use my camera to get some pics of us that day. Little did I know what kind of pictures I would get!
At The Hundred Acre Wood, one of the most popular places to visit is Poohsticks Bridge. In the stories, the characters made up a game where each player stands on the bridge and drops a twig into the stream below. The winner is the player whose twig floats under and comes out first on the other side of the bridge. We were getting pictures but my sweatshirt had a reflective material on the front so all the pics of me showed a glowing orb in front of me. This all worked for Bret’s plan. He suggested we play one more time then when we went to the other side of the bridge to find the winner, we would turn for his mom to take a pic of us looking over our shoulders thus avoiding the front of my shirt.
However, when I turned I found Bret on bended knee with a tear in his eye and the beautiful ring we had found months before, asking me to marry him. After 2 1/2 years together I thought I would be ready for his proposal but he was still able to surprise me enough to make me stop breathing momentarily. He asked if I was ok and I said yes, to both questions! Besides his thought and planning the best thing was his mum DID snap a picture as I turned around so we have a pic of the proposal! We are planning our wedding in England for May 2007 all thanks to Winnie-the-Pooh!
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