It was dark, it was the middle of winter, and me and my older man, Keegan, were cold, but we snuggled on a bench overlooking the water. All we did was talk and laugh, but it was perfect. The entire time, Keegan was anxious and edgy. It was starting to creep me out. There were tourists taking pictures and the next thing I knew, there was a quartet of violinists playing on the balcony of a home across the street from where we were sitting.
I immediately started crying, as I realized upon turning around that Keegan was proposing to me. He was down on one knee, with the jewelry box open, as the quartet played my favorite song. “Vivian, you are the only woman I want to wake up beside for the rest of my life. You are my best friend, you make me want to be a better man and I love you in a way that I’ve never loved anyone. Will you marry me? Will you be my loving wife, mother to my children, and eventually change my diapers, too? Please say yes to happily ever after with me, Vivian.”
Tears rolled down my face as he spoke. The people, whom I thought were tourists, were all standing around us watching; one of them was taking a video. “I… oh my god… I didn’t expect this. Ask me again, I want to make sure I heard you right,” I said, still in shock.
“Vivan, will you marry me and make me the happiest man on the earth?” he asked again, getting a little anxious.
“Yes, yes of course I will!!” I laughed and cried happy tears as I hugged him close. As he slid the ring on my finger, one by one, the tourists—who were actually some of Keegan’s co-workers—handed me single long-stemmed roses until I was holding about two dozen in my hands. All of them were clapping and congratulating us, the quartet continued to play in the background.
I was still in shock. It was the last thing I was expecting that night.
“You know, you almost blew the whole damn thing, Vivian” Keegan said as he and his coworkers started laughing.
“What are you talking about?” I asked, completely unaware.
“All of this was planned for the skating rink and when you decided at the last minute that you didn’t want to wait in line for skates on such a beautiful night, I was floored. I wasn’t sure how to get everything and everyone organized from the skating rink up to here. I thought for sure the whole plan was blown out of the water,” he said.
The conversation continued on for a while about how he managed to mass text everyone about the big change. He paid the band twice the price due to the unexpected move; plus, it was last minute. His co-workers had to nonchalantly disperse and head up there, without being recognized, and they had to make it hasty. It was quite a gig, but Keegan pulled it off, and just for me.
The whole time he was talking, I sat there completely dumbfounded. No one had ever gone through so much trouble for me. It was the perfect proposal, and that was the moment I was sure that I wanted to spend the rest of my life with this older man.