The Big Answer

Let’s be straight forward here – I knew it was coming. I didn’t know when he was going to do it but I knew he was going to propose soon. All the signs were showing, he tried to be sneaky and lie about where he was when he was shopping for my ring, he talked to my parents and afterward my mom came out of crying and hugged me. That’s when I started feeling the butterflies.

We’ve been dating for 6 years, and I’ve known that I wanted to marry Charlie for a long time. We have our differences, but for the most part we see the world in the same way. I support him, he supports me..PERIOD. Sometimes we don’t understand each others’ decisions, likes, or dislikes, but we understand that both of us don’t have to agree on everything. It’s the respect of support and understanding that I love about our relationship.

April 24, 2010 is when it all happened. We had been hanging out with friends that night and I was ready to knock out. After all, I had a long day at Ninong’s ahead of me. I was so close to falling asleep, actually, I was half asleep already, when Charlie wouldn’t stop talking! Since I was half asleep, here’s my recollection of what happened:

Him: “Remember when we first started dating and I told you I wanted to marry you?”

Me: “Mmhmm…(ZzzzZzzz…)”

Him: “Well, I meant it when I said it then, and this time I’m more prepared to ask you that same question.”

Me: Eyes popped WIDE open, I sat up so quickly I felt like everything else was like slow motion around me. Obviously, being the softy that I am, I immediately started crying.

He pulled a blue box (my favorite color) out from the side of the bed, tied with a white ribbon. He handed it to me and asked me to open it. As I whispered, “Oh my God, Oh my God, Oh my God…” over and over and over again (mind you, with tears still falling) and with some help from Charlie since I was so overwhelmingly happy, I opened the box. And there it sat, my ring.

I immediately hugged him with all my might, wet tears smearing on his cheek and dripping down my cheek to his shirt. All he needed to know was that I loved him as much as he loved me, I know he knows it. His gesture and the ring showed me that. Now it’s my turn to prove for a lifetime with my gestures and love that I love him just the same.

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