Tony and I had been together for 6 years and both knew we wanted to marry each other one day. The day of the proposal started like any ordinary Monday. I went to work, after a long day came home and did all the usual things in between. Tony and I had recently purchased a "fixer-upper" house together and were in the middle of remodeling the entire house. Today, like many other days, we were headed to the house to work on one of our projects. Tony went to the house first and I would meet up with him a bit later because I had a few errands to run.
When I got to the house Tony was working in what was to become our bedroom. Inside the bedroom closet was a panel. This panel covered a hole that provided access to the plumbing for the adjacent bathroom. We had talked about removing the old panel and replacing it with a freshly painted one. Today was the day we would tackle that
As I entered to bedroom I noticed Tony had gathered his tools on the floor to remove the panel. He mumbled something about was I ready to witness the removing the panel and after a few tugs the panel came off the wall. The opening revealed some plumbing pipes, insulation and an antique box wedged in between the copper pipes.
I was speechless. We both looked at each other with bulging eyes and Tony slowly removed the small wood box. He laid it on the floor in front of me and motioned for me to look inside. My heart was racing as thoughts of what could be in the box danced in my brain. I was completely engrossed by this newfound treasure. We had some knowledge that an elderly man had owned the home for most of its 45 years and I was sure this was a "buried treasure" he had purposefully hidden.
I anxiously opened the box to find it filled with jewelry. I slowly pulled each necklace, bracelet and earring out of the box examining every one for value and age. Tony says I took forever looking thru the box. I finally reached the bottom of the box to discover a small ring box. At this point all hopes of "treasure" had diminished as I had estimated all the jewelry to be old costume pieces. I opened the box to discover a beautiful ring, however, I remember thinking, "Oh, that one’s fake too." At that very moment I looked at Tony who was down on one knee and his face said it all. He was shaking and sweating. I knew this was the moment. He proposed and I accepted.