7) Written in the Sand

I had Laura (my girlfriend of three years) convinced that marriage talk would not happen until I was accepted to dental school with a means of providing for a family. Every six months of dating we would go to Lake Michigan to watch the sun set then have dinner. Three years of dating had passed and I borrowed my friends Jaguar to carry us to the lake. I put together the necessary materials for the evening and sent my room mate and another friend ahead of us to set everything up. We arrived at the lake just before sunset with Laura still oblivious to anything out of the ordinary because there was no news regarding dental school.

We walked along the beach until we came upon our names "mysteriously" written in the sand directing Laura to venture one way, and myself another. Her path led her through the grassy dune where she came upon several signs with the theme "do you remember." Each sign was accompanied by an item representing a memorable time of our relationship and a single rose. Each sign led to another and finally ended out on the beach where I was waiting with more roses in hand. She approached me nervously, obviously aware of what was happening but shocked the day had come with no information regarding dental school. I took her memorabilia and flowers, set them aside, and took both her hands in mine. I talked about how much I appreciated the relationship we had and how I never wanted to let that go. "Since I was the first hand you ever held, I was wondering if I could be the last." I slowly knelt down and pulled out the ring and asked, "Laura Ann Hawkins, will you be my best friend for the rest of my life?"

I found the ring I wanted her to have several months before but realized that such a ring was far outside my price range. I had dated a few people in high school and failed to be completely pure in those relationships. Laura had not dated anyone before me despite numerous advances from what seemed to be every guy at college. She saved every part of herself for her future husband and I wanted to give her something to thank her for her absolute purity and a colorless diamond fit the profile. The perfect ring had multiple diamonds weighing a total of 1.6 carats and all were completely colorless. This ring seemed to epitomize how I felt for her and I didn’t want to settle for less. I searched the internet for a comparable ring in hope of finding a cheaper price and after a few months I found it. The exact same ring for a quarter of the price was mine if I was able to trust the seller that the description was accurate. I took a gamble but when the ring arrived I knew it was exactly what I wanted and exactly what she deserved.

As I held out the ring and waited for her response, her eyes lit up when they saw what I was holding. Her face said "yes" well before her mouth did and she bent over to hug her still kneeling fiance. As I put the ring on her finger she asked how we would be able to afford such a ring and I told her that "we can talk about that later, but I have something else for you." I took her to a blanket set up on the beach where a laptop and slideshow were waiting. The music of Rascal Flatts began to play as pictures of when we first met through that moment rolled past the screen. "Now you’re here, and everything’s changing. Suddenly life means so much. I can’t wait, to wake up tomorrow, and find out this promise is true. I never have to go back to the day before you. The slideshow ended, and my room mate who is a professional photographer came out of the bushes to take pictures so that we could forever remember that night. He left when the pictures were done and we sat on a downed tree under a blanket and watched the sun set into the lake. When the sun was all but gone, we hugged and walked back to the Jag. The drive home was filled with phone calls to family and friends and countless loving gazes back and forth confirming that this couldn’t be more

Proposal Story By:

Justin Slager

Spring Arbor, MI


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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