4) Plane Jane

Growing up, I was always the nerd, the hefty
Plain Jane, the undesirable. Up until I was in high school, I
wore nothing but straight legged, elastic-wasted K-Mart jeans
and plain unisex t-shirts. No make-up, didn’t mess with my hair
aside from combing it and wearing it back in a ponytail, and I
was 200+ pounds. Needless to say, even when I started wearing slightly
more feminine clothes, dabbing some make up on and fixing my hair
different in high school, the boys were not beating down my door.
In fact, it wasn’t until I was a sophomore in high school that
I even got asked out on a date. Josh was a senior at the time,
who was so incredibly shy that he rarely talked to anyone, let
alone ask girls out. I was the first person he ever got up the
guts to ask. We started dating, and were getting along just great.

Pretty soon, we reached the one year mark. Then
two years. Pretty soon it had been three years since we had been
together and I was wondering if we would ever get married. I had
always dreamed that a man would get down on one knee and asked
me to marry him when I least expected it. But Josh still wasn’t
making any moves. When I brought up the idea of marriage, he assured
me that “He intended to get married one day.” I was like, “GREAT! You just confirmed that you want to get married someday without the romantic, spontaneous proposal I had been dreaming of!” He said he’d still propose one day, and I said it wouldn’t be the same because I wouldn’t be as surprised knowing ahead of time that he intended on doing it.

More time passed. We had been together for over
three and a half years when he invited me to go with him and his
family on their cruise vacation. I gladly accepted the invitation,
but I expected it to be just fun. I wasn’t expecting it to be a
romantic trip for the two of us, considering there were 10 other
people going besides us and we wouldn’t even have our own cabin
or anything like that. I didn’t even know if we’d get any time
alone, figuring that his family would want us all to stay together
as a group most of the time. As it turns out, we were able to be
alone some of the time, both at the ports and wandering about the
ship. One night, we were even able to skip the nightly rotational
dining, where we ate with everyone else in our group. We made reservations
at the specialty restaurant for just the two of us.

Halfway through
dinner, the waiter comes over and puts this big, wrapped box and
a plastic light up rose in front of me. Then Josh gets up, gets
down on one knee and asks me to marry him in front of everyone!
Of course I said yes, and then I opened the box. We were on the
Disney cruise, and he had bought me a statue of Minnie kissing
Mickey Mouse that said “Cruisemates”. He didn’t have a ring but
said he’d get it after we got back, which he did. The chef in the
restaurant made us a special “Congratulations” cake, and the waiter
came back with these metal buttons that said “I’m Celebrating on
Disney Cruise Lines”, LOL. When we returned to our rotational
dining schedule with everyone else the following night, our regular
server (the one who followed the group from night to night) brought
us another cake after everyone at the table told him about our
engagement. The whole trip, people on the ship who were in the
restaurant at the time Josh proposed recognized us and kept telling
us “Congratulations”. I never saw it coming!

Proposal Story By:

Andrea Brown

Albuquerque, NM

The founder and president of Diamond Cutters International, is one of the worlds top diamond experts, as well as a three-time Guinness Book record holder in jewelry design.
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