6) An Elaborate Christmas Present

Ryan had me convinced that he would not be able to get me a ring until February or March, so when he set up an elaborate Christmas present in December, I did not suspect. We had planned to visit his parents on Saturday, so my day was free. I woke up and saw a wrapped gift and two notes next to the alarm clock. The first note explained that today was my Christmas gift, the other note was my first (of 13) clue on a rolled up parchment. It was a poem that Ryan wrote instructing me on where to go and what to do, using a Robert Frost poem. The gift was a book of his poetry.

The first clue told me to call my youngest sister Mo ira at 10am. I chatted with her, and then her clue sent me to Starbucks. At Starbucks, our friend Matt was there with a gift card for a latte. He and I enjoyed our coffee, and then he gave me my next clue sending me to the gas station to fill my tank. At the gas station, I called my other sister and her clue sent me to get a manicure up the street (gift certificate was at the gas station). After getting my nails done, I called my best friend Chrissy and got caught up with her. After this, I was sent to a new asian restaurant where my friend Amanda met me for lunch.

After lunch, my next clue sent me to the Carnegie Museum of Art – where I have wanted to go for years but never have – and spent 2 hours there with a mutual friend Hayley. I also got a beautiful poster from my favorite artist, Monet. Next, I went to the mall and had 5 truffles from Godiva waiting for me – YUM! I called my best friend from high school, and her clue sent me to pick something out at the Gap. Then I called my parents, and headed to meet Ryan for dinner. We had a nice dinner, and then when he disappeared the waiter gave me a clue to go to the nearby movie theater. I picked out Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events (very good!).

Ryan gave me the 12th clue which suggested that we go to Mt Washington, which overlooks the whole city, to take a picture as we did last year. We were heading back to the car, when he stopped me and said “You have had a clue to do everything else today, you need one to go home now.” and pulled out ‘The Final Clue.’ I slowly unrolled and read the poem that told me how much he loves me, and the final lines said “You are the only one I can picture in my life; Don’t say no, please say you’ll be my wife.”

I of course cried, kissed his, then said yes! He pulled out a little box but my hands were shaking so much I could not open it. The ring was a gorgeous Princess cut stone set in white gold with a pear on either side. I got to call everyone because the only people who knew he was proposing were our parents!


Meghan Callahan

Pittsburgh, PA


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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