4) The Flight

My boyfriend, Eric, and I met at Purdue University in the fall of 1999. Through ups and downs of college life we had become best friends and fell deeply in love. He is an electrical engineer student, and for two 8-month periods (January to August of 2001 and 2002), he co-oped in Houston Texas. The distance was hard, but it continued to bring us closer together. In May, 2002, I finished up my undergraduate degree at Purdue and went to Houston to visit Eric. All my sorority sisters made bets that he would propose to me during the week I was visiting. Every time we went out I wondered, "is this going to be the night?" Nothing happened- ever.

Eric was going to fly back with me to Purdue for the graduation ceremony. This was the first time we had ever flown together, and as I sat on the plane, I was confident that the proposal would come after the ceremony, maybe when all my family was around. We didn’t have seats together, so Eric begged another passenger to trade seats so he could sit next to me.

I settled back with a magazine and toward the conclusion of the flight, Eric left his seat and headed to the back of the aircraft.

The captain came over the intercom, "Good afternoon, this is your captain, we are flying at 25,000 feet, and are about 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis. Ladies and Gentlemen, please direct your attention to seat 16 B…" I had tuned out most of what the captain had begun saying, but when seat 16 B was said, I looked to the man sitting on my left and said, "that’s me!" I thought I had won some sort of airplane prize, but then the captain continued with his sentence, "where Eric is now proposing to his girlfriend, Molly". This is where a dreamlike quality came over the next five minutes. I looked to the right and in the aisle, there is Eric, kneeling with a black box open in his hands. He simply asked, "will you marry me?" I was speechless but managed a yes. One-hundred complete strangers erupted in applause and hearty congratulations. It truly was a dream come true. Here I thought I knew exactly what was going to happen, but was absolutely 100 % surprised. He had scribbled!
what he wanted the captain to say on a flight napkin and gave it to Gladys, the flight attendant who in turn gave it to the captain. We had our picture taken in the cockpit after landing and thanked the captain for making the most important day in our lives so wonderfully exciting and surprising. All the passengers were looking at the ring and offering their happiness, it was better than I ever could have imagined.

Molly Dodt,
Indianapolis, IN

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