Jeremy and I dated for 6 years, before getting married. We were high school sweethearts. We knew we would need to graduate college (one of us at least) before getting married. It was one of those things after about two years of dating that it wasn't if we would get married, it was when.
So about 2 years before Jeremy graduated (I was on the 6 year plan for school - ha), we started ring shopping. I'm not one for surprises. I don't like them at all.
At about 18 months before graduation, I found the "perfect" ring. In true Jeremy fashion, he made me wait for a couple of days - so I could think about it - and of course after those 2 days were over, we headed back to the jeweler to buy the ring.
But here's the funny part. I wore it around for the rest of the day and evening. And then he MADE me give it back. Because he didn't "get to propose" to me. I fought him!! I didn't want to give it back. I mean for real! I didn't need all the hoopla and suspense. That kind of stuff doesn't mean much to me. So reluctantly, I handed him back the ring, slowly!
There was an area that we liked to walk to in his neighbor. It was a park in the middle of a nursing home complex. A long winding trail that led to a pond. We would walk these paths many times. We would sit in the gazebo and watch the elder men fish with their grandsons, watch couples who had been together much longer than we could imagine walk around the pond hand in hand. We would feed the ducks and fish. It was a beautiful, peaceful place.
One afternoon, Jeremy asked me to go for a walk to the pond. I knew what was about to take place. And believe it or not, I had butterflies in my stomach and excitement grew with each step closer to the "our bench". We sat and talked about our past and dreams about our future.
Jeremy then got down on one knee, and of course the tears began flowing. I knew what was going to happen and yet I still couldn't manage to keep from crying! I had my sunglasses on at the time and continued to keep them on so that I didn't look too much like a hideous, makeup mess. But Jeremy gently took my sunglasses off, wiped my tears and said "Does that mean you will still marry me?"
And of course I said "yes" and this time I got to keep the ring :-)!
This "Show us Your Life" came just in time for our 9 year anniversary - it's next week!